Today's post is one massive thank you.
See. Massive face and thank you sign.
The reason I've imposed my cheery face on you all is because tomorrow is the final day of voting for the Cosmopolitan Blog Awards. I wanted to show you all how grateful I am for your votes, support and lovely words of encouragement! And if you haven't had a chance to vote yet and would like to, please do so here. :)
So to celebrate blogging and thank you all I've decided to make and share something chewy, gooey and entirely unnecessary. And by unnecessary I mean a really naughty slice of heaven.
Enter Marshmallow Slices.
Well hey good lookin'.
For Marshmallow slices you will need:
115g cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 large egg yolk
120g plain flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
5 tablespoons fruit jam. I went for my Nan's homemade plum and I'd recommend you go for something sweet and sharp too.
15 marshmallows, cut in half
This is a recipe I adapted from Joy the Baker - so another thank you there. You can find the original recipe here.
Begin by preheating the oven to 180c and if you have a square baking dish, line it with greaseproof paper. If you don't, just grease a regular baking tray.
Then cream the butter and sugar together, add in the egg yolk and vanilla essence. Then stir in the flour. You should find yourself with a sticky ball of dough.
Place the dough onto the baking tray/tin.
Flour the dough and your hands so it doesn't stick to your hands during the next stage of the operation.
Nicely floured dough close up.
Press the dough down into tray with your fingers. Try and get it as even as possible. Bake the base for 22 minutes.
Now for the marshmallows. You don't really get to eat these little delights once you pass the age of 14. This recipe is a brilliant excuse to use them. And eat the spares.
Cut them in half ready to go on the base.
Once the base is done take it out and smear on the jam. If it's proving a little thick and hard to smear, microwave it for 10 seconds or so.
Cover the base in jam and then pop on the marshmallows. Eat spares. Compulsory step.
Bake for 4 minutes until the mallows go soft.
Crush each squidgy mallow with a spoon and then put back in the oven for another minute.
This is just to crisp up the marshmallows and you need to keep an eye on them (demonstrated below) so they don't burn. Nobody wants burnt marshmallows.
Remove from the oven and leave to rest for 10 minutes.
Cut up into squares and remove from the tray. Joy didn't warn me about the marshmallowy string, but beware readers - this is a very real threat to clean hands.
Stack and serve. If you're a better person than me, it will be with other people rather than just gobbling by yourself.
Enjoy readers! And thank you again, I'm so pleased Lottie's Little Kitchen is reaching new people every day and still keeps the rest of you entertained.
Much love, L. xxxxxxx