I recently saw a fabulous recipe by Jessica Williams for this Easter marshmallow bark on her 'Butter, with a side of bread' blog.
I find so many recipes that are inspiring and I want to make at home, I read through them and come across the ingredients and find it's from America. I usually then end up pinning them on my kids food ideas board because I know I would struggle to make it with american measurements!
So I decided this time I would experiment and convert the recipe so it can be made in the UK, using the original recipe guide from Jessica and my ingredients, below I've shown you how I made this super easy chocolate bark.
This would make a perfect Easter gift, wrapped for children to give to the family or as a treat to make for the weekend.
Either way, it's fun, a little messy but worth it in the end I think.
400g white chocolate chips
2-3 tbsp of vegetable oil
280g Little Becky Frootmallows (bought on Amazon)
Pastel hundreds & thousands and any other sprinkles you fancy
Line an 8x11 glass dish or a baking tray with parchment paper.
Put the white chocolate in a medium sized glass bowl. Melt the chocolate in the microwave for 1 minute. Give it a small stir, add 1-2 tablespoons of the vegetable oil and stir to help thin the chocolate for at least 20 seconds, then return to the microwave in 30 second increments, until chocolate melts completely when you stir it.
My bowl of chocolate took one and a half minutes in the microwave. White chocolate looks like it's not all melted when in fact it really is. Stir it several times and make sure it really needs more microwave time before jumping the gun and just giving it more time. I stirred mine for a good 30 seconds until it was really fully melted.
Melting white chocolate can be a little frustrating if you've never done it before. The reason is because white chocolate seizes easily. When chocolate seizes it actually looks like it's not melted yet, which prompts people to return it to the microwave, which makes the whole thing worse. Stir several times after each 30-second increment in the microwave. Many times you'll find that a good 20-30 seconds of stirring it around in the warm bowl will melt it the rest of the way! If you've had back luck with melting chocolate in the past, try adding shortening!
After the chocolate is melted, add the marshmallows and stir to coat. You'll want to do this kind of quickly- be sure the chocolate coats the marshmallows well, but if you take too long the marshmallows start to melt, which you don't want.
Transfer chocolatey marshmallows to your prepared pan. Using a rubber spatula, make sure the marshmallows extend to the edge of the tray. Press down slightly so it's all even. Shake on any sprinkles you'd like to decorate the bark with.
Put in the freezer for about 20 minutes, until chocolate is set. You want to use the freezer so that it cools the mixture as quickly as possible- you don't want those marshmallows to melt!
Remove from the freezer and let it sit on the worktop to return to room temperature and then cut into pieces.
If your using a cookie cutter as I have here, I suggest using a metal one and spraying the edges with cooking spray prior to cutting.