Coffee Marshmallow Cream

DSC_6396In a time before celebrity chefs and olive oil and Crème Fraiche . . . there was the 1970s dinner spread. My mom would cut recipes out of Your Family or Living and Loving and prepare to party.
Drinks would be served with snacks – toothpicks threaded with a piece of Vienna sausage, a block of cheddar, a pickled onion and something red or green (surely not a cherry??).
The starter would be Avocado Ritz – an avo cut in half and stuffed with prawns doused in a mayonnaise and tomato sauce mix with a dash of Worcester sauce.
The dessert, for some reason, always featured marshmallows – melted over a cake, suspended in jelly, dipped into a chocolate fondue.  . . marshmallows were the ingredient du jour of desserts.
I dug this recipe out of my mom’s file and made it using one of her ancient pieces of Tupperware. Anyone else remember Tupperware and those six-pack ice lolly moulds that we used to fill with Oros or Nesquik and freeze?
The pudding tasted pretty good despite Gavin describing it as looking like a large bowel movement – rather like a coffee mousse – and the friends my mom had staying insisted on copying the recipe and taking it home with them.
Ingredients (this makes a HUGE pudding, I halved it)

500g marshmallows chopped

250ml very strong coffee (I used espresso but I bet the original was instant coffee with an extra spoon or two of granules)

500ml cream


Place marshmallows in a heatproof bowl over hot water in a pot. Add coffee and heat on the stove, stirring frequently, until marshmallows are melted.

Chill mixture until it is about to set, then fold in whipped cream.

Pour into a 1.5 litre ring mould.

Chill until set. Invert onto a serving platter




1 Response to “Coffee Marshmallow Cream”

  1. 1 Lisa June 24, 2009 at 6:58 am

    You describe those 70s dinner parties just as I remember them! I wish more restaurants would go retro and serve that peppermint crisp caramel suprise thing. I know it doesn’t have marshmallows, but it was the best!

    Gawd, you are so right! With the crushed tennis biscuits, caramel, cream and peppermint crisp – it was heaven.
    I’ll let you in on a shameful little secret. They still serve it at the Spur! When you have kids the Spur reappears as a dining venue – they serve wine and have a soundproof room full of toys – and don’t forget those onion rings.

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