Bond Forger Marshmallows

So I got into Spy x Family back when I had COVID in June(I call June 2022 the lost month for that very season), and I instantly fell in love with the characters. From Anya being a meme-tastic derp to Yor being comically overpowered but well-meaning to Loid trying to be a good father and fake husband while also doing his best to stop a war from breaking out. So when season 2 was announced and we got to meet Bond, the hilariously fluffy psychic dog, I instantly knew I had to do a dessert inspired by him. Bond is a large white dog with black paws(which bear a resemblance to Anya’s favorite TV character Bond Man’s gloves), and his simplistic design made him a much more doable character in terms of turning him into a dessert. With large, fluffy, and white, you can go a lot of different directions. I initially wanted to do an inside out Mont Blanc, or even a pavlova, but I realized that doing a marshmallow just made the most sense. I mean, Bond is literally super fluffy to the point where he shrinks when he gets wet, and that’s what a marshmallow does as well, so it all connects! I used activated charcoal to dye the paws for Bond black, just to keep it all naturally colored. I used three different piping bags to form his design, one filled with the black marshmallow mixture, a bag with a small round tip for the ears, snout, tail, and legs, and a bag with a larger opening to form the actual body with. I will be honest in that these marshmallows were a tad challenging to make, just because of the amount of piping involved, but they are so fun to squish when they’re set, and they are the perfect accompaniment to your next glass of hot chocolate!

1 packet gelatin powder
1/2 cup water in two parts
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 tbsp honey
a pinch of salt
1 egg white
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp activated charcoal
black sesame seeds

In a pot, mix together the gelatin with one part of the water first. Once the gelatin powder is completely hydrated(no longer looks like a powder), add in the rest of your water, the sugar, honey, and salt. Bring the pot to a boil. In the mean time, whisk the egg white to soft peaks. Once the gelatin and sugar are fully dissolved, and the liquid is boiling rapidly(it should register to about 250 degrees F), pour the liquid into the egg white and continue to whisk for about 5-10 minutes. At this point, also add in the vanilla. Continue to whisk until the mixture resembles a thick meringue – you do not want the marshmallow batter to move if you tilt the bowl, otherwise it will just droop and melt into itself when you try to pipe it! Take about 1/4 of the batter and mix it with activated charcoal. Place that into a piping bag with a small round tip. This will be for the snouts! Divide the rest of the batter amongst two piping bags, one with a larger round tip, and one with a smaller round tip.

Dust a transferrable surface(like a sheet tray with parchment or silpat) with a layer of cornstarch. Then pipe a mound of the marshmallow mixture using the bag with the larger tip. Pipe around it with the white batter in the smaller tipped bag to form your legs and tail. Then use the black batter to pipe on your paws at the end of each leg. Doing this step first will keep the marshmallow stable when you try to pipe on everything else! Pipe more of the larger tipped bag on top of the mound that you piped to form the beginning of Bond’s head. Then using the smaller round tip with the white batter, pipe on Bond’s mouth and ears. Using the black batter again, pipe on his snout. Carefully add two black sesame seeds on for his eyes, and dust the whole thing with cornstarch. Let the marshmallows sit in a dry place at room temperature for an hour before brushing off any excess cornstarch and transferring to a dry airtight container.

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