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{Day 12} White chocolate, cranberry and Quarter21 pink marshmallow Rocky Road

The title is a bit of a mouthful, but what a delicious one at that!

During the first week of school holidays the kiddliewinks and I attended a very special cooking class at the recently-openned Quarter21 cookery school at Westfield Sydney.

Boy, did we have fun! Catered especially for children the class was very hands on! Attending it was like walking into Willy Wonka’s chocolate and sweets factory. With a little help from the lovely pastry and all things sweet chef Tiffany Jones we created some violet and orange zest sherbet, pop rock candy, choc mint aero chocolate cups which were a winner with the kids, and my favourite: pink marshmallow!

While the kids got busy stuffing waffle cones with the sherbet and topping it with the lovely pink (and blue for the boys) marshmallow – one of which became part of Justin North’s own lunch as he popped in to visit the class! I decided to set my pink marshmallow in the Royal Selangor jelly mould – notice how the shape matches the Quarter21 logo? Nicem I thought. Then, just to make it more sparkly and cute, I dipped the bottom in some pink sprinkles.

As we were wandering home with 2 bagfuls of candy, we had decided to turn my pink marshmallow cone into our other favourite, the Rocky Road for an Australian accent in the Get your Jelly On challenge.

If you’re not familiar with this Australian treat, it is basically a mixture of chocolate, coconut, marshmallows, peanuts and some sort of glace fruit, although I tend to use natural coloured and flavoured jelly snakes. This time however, I’ve decided to use some dried cranberries to cut through the sweetness and make the Rocky Road just a tiny weeny bit more wholesome.

While the kids’ lolly class at Quarter21 was more of a one off, there is plenty of choices available on the grown up class menu, including express lunch classes! Visit the Quarter21 website for details and updated schedules.

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Makes 1 cone

White chocolate, cranberry and Quarter21 pink marshmallow Rocky Road

For the Rocky Road we used the marshmallow we made at Quarter21 cooking school, a little less than a cone-full as we ate some… 🙂 You could use store-bought marshmallows, about 70g instead as the following recipe makes quite a big batch.

For the Quarter21 marshmallow (makes 24 pieces):

  • 75g glucose
  • 125g sugar
  • 2 egg whites (about 85g total)
  • 5 gelatine leaves, soaked
  • 15ml strawberry essence
  • 1-2 drops red colouring
  • pinch of citric acid
  • 50ml water

For the Rocky Road:

  • 200g white chocolate ( I used Cadbury Dream)
  • 70g pink marshmallow (see above or use store-bought)
  • 50g peanuts
  • 40g dessicated coconut
  • 20g dried cranberries

To make the Quarter21 marshmallow: place gelatine leaves into a bowl over a pot of boiling water to melt. Set aside once ready. Put egg whites into a bowl of an electric mixer.

In the meantime, combine sugar, glucose, water, pink colouring and strawberry essence in a medium saucepan. Place over high heat and take to 118C on a candy thermometer. Turn on the mixer and beat egg whites on full spead. Take the syrup to 121C then remove from heat. Let the bubbles subside then pour into the egg whites, which should be nice and fluffy by now, while continuing to whisk on high speed.

Turn the mixer down to medium-low speed and stream in the melatine. Add citric acide. Stop whisking while the mixture is stil warm. Place into a piping bag to make desired shapes or pour into a baking paper-lined slice tray and allow to set to room temperature. Slice into portions once set.

To make the Rocky Road: cut up marshmallow into small, bite-sized pieces. Break chocolate into squares. place it in a bowl big enough to hold all of the ingredients, and melt in a microwave (20 second zaps on high, 2 should be enough, stir between zaps). Once melted, add marshmallows, peanuts, coconut and cranberries to the chocolate and mix well to combine.

Spoon the mixture into the mould and chill in the fridge until set.

To serve: cut the Rocky Road into chunks and enjoy with a good cup of coffee or a cup of milk if you’re a kiddo.

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55 comments

ChopinandMysaucepan October 12, 2011 at 8:39 am

This rocky road is beautiful and white chocolate is actually my fave if I have chocolate.

The cooking class would have been so much fun for the kiddies. I find there are some beautiful ingredients in Quarter 21 though a bit expensive but then again, it’s part of Becasse.

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Wholesome Cook October 12, 2011 at 10:58 pm

Same here, prefer white but the issue is it is so easy to over-indulge! Normally I keep dark on hand for cooking. This was a special breast cancer pink treat!

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Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide October 12, 2011 at 8:53 am

These just keep getting better and better.

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Wholesome Cook October 12, 2011 at 10:56 pm

I’m an ideas person. Once something starts brewing in my head, I try to follow through 🙂

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Joshua Hudson October 12, 2011 at 9:28 am

Both look delicious!

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gertrude October 12, 2011 at 9:44 am

Another piece of art from you. Just too pretty to eat 🙂

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Wholesome Cook October 12, 2011 at 10:56 pm

We ate it alright! 🙂 Thank you!

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Eduard October 12, 2011 at 10:17 am

I have been following your progress from day one.
Fantastic effort, great ideas and even better execution.
It shows that you have great passion for food and skills to match it.

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Wholesome Cook October 12, 2011 at 10:55 pm

Thanks Ed, your words are very kind!

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Nic October 12, 2011 at 11:17 am

I like that you have added dried fruit to the mix instead of lollies. And the class sounded fantastic!

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Sharni October 12, 2011 at 11:18 am

A grown up Rocky Road! I’m also interested to see what the lunch classes on offer are.

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Apple @Polkadotsandchopsticks October 12, 2011 at 12:10 pm

Its playful and elegant for rocky road. Brilliant!

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boo_licious October 12, 2011 at 12:42 pm

It’s a rocky road day. But like all sweet things, one should always have more and more. Love the sweet pink marshmallow and how you have paired it with white chocolate.

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Wholesome Cook October 12, 2011 at 10:54 pm

Yes, I’ve noticed that the Royal Selangor girls have made a Rocky Road too… I like how they used biscuits in theirs!

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overalycheemartini October 12, 2011 at 12:43 pm

OMG!!! So sinfully delicious!!! If only someone could invent a way of teleporting food via the computer!!! YUM!

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Wholesome Cook October 12, 2011 at 10:52 pm

LOL! I love this too! It’s so easy to make but so good and addictive,

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Rita (mademoiselle délicieuse) October 12, 2011 at 1:04 pm

Nawww, this is so pretty! Even the marshmallow was cone-shaped to start with.

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Wholesome Cook October 12, 2011 at 10:51 pm

I was going to post the marshmallow recipe separately but thought since I didn’t really make it, it would be a cheat post!

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Vivian - vxdollface October 12, 2011 at 3:35 pm

bahaha i love it! so pretty and pink 😀 such a shame the lolly class was only a one off

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muppy October 12, 2011 at 3:42 pm

That marshmallow is fantastic! i have been thinking i should try make marshmallow, the cooking class sounded excellent too. But the rocky road is an absolute star, i think it is truly beautiful – would love to try some 🙂

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Wholesome Cook October 12, 2011 at 10:50 pm

I’ll make sure to make some next time we meet, unless of course you beat me to it! It’s very easy to make with store-bought ‘mallows.

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Ninazsyafinaz October 12, 2011 at 5:17 pm

I must tell that this is such beautiful Rocky Road.I dunt mind to “walk” thru it..hahaha..Thank you for the marshmallow recipe!

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Wholesome Cook October 12, 2011 at 10:47 pm

Hahaha funny! I made sure it was eaten by others before I got to it, otherwise I would have eaten it all! I got to lick the bowl though…

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kezzas October 12, 2011 at 7:18 pm

WOW – I love Rocky Road, love your twists and really can’t wait to try this one!!! It’s normally a Christmas treat – will be extra special this year – and hopefully a bit early!! You’re inspirational!!

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Wholesome Cook October 12, 2011 at 10:46 pm

Thanks K! Your comment made me smile like this 😀

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Anne S October 12, 2011 at 8:16 pm

Absolutely amazing! And what a privilege for the kids to have met Justin North! Wow! Did they even realise??

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Wholesome Cook October 12, 2011 at 10:46 pm

I think they were a little oblivious to his actual name, but they knew he was a well-respected chef!

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Mel October 12, 2011 at 8:17 pm

Thank you for the marshmallow recipe and a tip on the cranberries. I’m not huge on glace fruit either, now I can fully enjoy Rocky Road.

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Wholesome Cook October 12, 2011 at 10:45 pm

No problem Mel, raisins and sour cherries work well too. Have fun with it!

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Tammy October 12, 2011 at 8:18 pm

I’ve just had a look at your other recipes! You are truly amazing! Your creativity and versatility and ability to make complicated recipes looks easy is amazing!

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Wholesome Cook October 12, 2011 at 10:44 pm

Thanks Tammy, I really enjoy it 🙂

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Three-Cookies October 12, 2011 at 9:19 pm

Ohhh, I haven’t eaten rocky road in a very long time. Great use of the mould. BTW I didn’t buy the fish fingers from the supermarket yesterday, and I didn’t make either using your recipe:(

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Wholesome Cook October 12, 2011 at 9:20 pm

At least you didn’t buy them! Phew… never know what’s in them! What type of dodgy fish!

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TC October 12, 2011 at 11:36 pm

oh, that’s really pretty!

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Sissi October 12, 2011 at 11:53 pm

Thank you for introducing Rocky Road to those who like me don’t know it. Adding sour cranberries to make the whole thing not overly sweet… I think we are soul mates 😉 I do this with prune very often (instead of raisins, which are very sweet) or with dried apricot.
Marshmallow is one of the rare “industrial” sweet treats I really like (the other one is Daim, sold at IKEA, it is really addictive), so this rocky road sounds heavenly.

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cookinggallery October 13, 2011 at 1:50 am

This is simply too beautiful to describe…!! Making dessert is simply not my forte and I always admire people who can make beautiful and delicious dessert!!

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Roxana B October 13, 2011 at 2:34 am

Great twist on Rocky Road. Another on my list to try.

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Nami | Just One Cookbook October 13, 2011 at 4:15 am

So beautiful…reminds me of spring (maybe because of cherry blossom like) and not only beautiful this looks YUMMY! I wish I’m talented like you to even get some idea like this. I’m truly impressed that you are amazingly doing well with this challenge. I can probably come up with 2 ideas and that’s it! lol..

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Claire October 13, 2011 at 11:05 am

id love to win; thanks!

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Sandy October 14, 2011 at 6:52 am

Nothing beats homemade marshmallows, this looks so yummy!

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Zoe Roberts October 14, 2011 at 7:42 am

super sweet treat ;P

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Colleen (@collifornia) October 14, 2011 at 9:20 am

looks sooo good! mm.

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ShootingStarsMag October 14, 2011 at 9:24 am

oh wow! this looks amazing. I’m so glad you had fun.

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Amber October 15, 2011 at 2:56 am

This is delicious looking, and colorful, paired with the fun shape. Love this! One of my favorites so far.

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Jennifer D. October 15, 2011 at 5:12 am

OH. MY. GOSH. Yum!! Love this!! Definitely have to try!!

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Sarah O. October 15, 2011 at 3:29 pm

Love the action shots!

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Ana-Maria October 15, 2011 at 9:53 pm

Looks delish! Would love to give it a try!

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sara (Belly Rumbles) October 16, 2011 at 12:14 am

Love the rocky road, great flavours. Now back to the class you did at Quarter 21. I do hope you share the pop rock recipe with us eventually, how awesome.

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Mary October 17, 2011 at 9:11 am

So beautiful!

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Mez October 18, 2011 at 11:35 am

I started writing a comment… then the cord fell out of my laptop… then it died… then I lost the comment…

Sigh

What I was saying was:

I remember sherbet cones from when I was a little kid but those ones look SO much better. Reading all your posts have made me crazy different things in literally 2 minute intervals haahahahahaa so in this post I went from sherbet cones to white chocolate rocky rooooooooooooad!!! SUCH a good idea… I could whip this up (in a tray form perhaps) to go in the lolly bags for our guests at the engagement party (clearly I have one thing on my mind hahaahahaa). LOVING the inspiration you’re giving me!! Another page to bookmark!!!

xox

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jasmine1485 October 18, 2011 at 4:41 pm

This would make an awesome christmas present (plus it’s already sort of christmas tree shaped) 🙂

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Jessy (squeezetheday) October 21, 2011 at 6:23 am

What a fun dessert!

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Ming October 26, 2011 at 5:18 am

The pink and white colors are pretty.

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Ally October 30, 2011 at 3:08 am

So. Beautiful!
Fun but still elegant, I like it!

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Schmidty October 30, 2011 at 2:58 pm

These are beautiful, and I love the idea of a cooking class with the kiddies!

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