Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Marshmallow & Tahini Oat Balls

This is one of the weirder things that I have made. I had some tahini left over from the hummus, and so decided to make some random dessert thing. Unfortunately, I accidentally deleted all the pictures from my camera, so there will be no pictorial help. I fortunately had one of these guys left over so you can see the weird-looking creation. This recipe makes 6 things.
-Toast oats: I spread out 1 cup of oats, mixed with a bit of oil, on a pan and put in the toaster oven for about an hour on 350F, mixing it after 30 minutes
-Ready 30 g or ~1/4 cup of butter
-Ready maybe 10-15 large marshmallows
-1 tbsp tahini
-In a small pot, melt the butter on medium heat
-Once it starts bubbling a bit, chuck in the marshmallows. Stir much (wooden spoon is best) until all the 'mallows have melted and it's an even mixture
-Add the tahini and the toasted oats, mix well and turn off heat
-Take out about 1/3 cup at a time, putting in a muffin tin
-Set aside to cool down for at least an hourTips:
-This was surprisingly good. Basically, it's an adaptation of rice crispy squares, only a bit different. The marshmallows they have here in Australia are a bit strange... smaller and flavored vanilla and strawberry, so the balls turned out a bit pink and weird - I think this would be much better with good ol' fashioned American 'mallows.
-The tahini was a good addition - added an interesting taste. I would up it to at least 1 1/2 tbsp or 2 tbsp, to make it a little stronger, since it was pretty hard to taste. Peanut butter would be an easy and obvious substitution, as would Nutella. Adding vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, maple syrup and the like would give it a good taste: almost be like granola balls.
-An aside: cleaning up the pot isn't easy (sticky sugar) so as soon as you take the goods out of the pot, make sure to fill the pot with hot water and some detergent. It will help the future

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