Spumoni Rocky Road

October 27, 2011
0 Ratings
  • Makes about 36 squares, depending on your cut
Author Notes

This confection is full of spongy homemade marshmallow chunks with a soft delicate rose petal jelly delight, crunchy pistachios and hints of tart cherries enrobed with a silky smooth dark chocolate.

I‘ve made rocky road during the holidays with store bought marshmallows for many years; but homemade marshmallow has been on my “to make” list for a while so this time around I did just that. This recipe adapts a marshmallow recipe and technique taken from Donna Hay’s online recipe, as well as the Joy of Baking and Food52 recipes, combined.

Spumoni flavors, usually in ice cream, is a must for the Holidays, IMO, and so inspired by that I tweak my usual “road” recipe; picked up some dark chocolate, pistachios and tart cherries to help achieve my favorite holiday flavors.

I must say, there will be no going back to store bought whenever it is possible to make my own, there is nothing that compares to its homemade airiness; I am pleased with the results of this endeavor, I hope you will be too!

NOTE: the marshmallow needs to be made any time from 2 weeks to 1 day ahead of making this rocky road. I prefer to make it at least 2-3 days ahead.

What You'll Need
  • Note: only about half of this recipe will be needed for the rocky road
  • Candy thermometer, Cooking spray
  • 3 packages of dry gelatin (will use 2-1/2 tablespoons of it)
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1-2/3 cups superfine sugar
  • 1/2 cup plus 1-1/2 teaspoons white corn syrup
  • 1/3 cup water, extra
  • 1-1/2 tablespoon rose petal jelly (or 1 teaspoon rosewater). Note: I originally used rosewater but rose petal jelly is my preference.
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar, sifted – to be used for garnish
  • ROCKY ROAD - This Rocky Road is made without tempering the chocolate:
  • 18ozs total chocolate = 10ozs 70% dark chocolate and 8oz semi sweet chocolate
  • 3-4 cups homemade rose flavored marshmallows cut into bite size pieces
  • 1-1/2 cup pistachio halves and pieces - unsalted or lightly salted
  • 1/4 cup finely minced tart cherries
  • A baking sheet lined with parchment paper that has been lightly sprayed with cooking spray
  2. Lightly spray cooking spray onto an 8x8 inch cake pane and line with parchment paper. Sift about 3 tablespoons powdered sugar onto the parchment, set aside.
  3. Place 2-1/2 tablespoons of the gelatin and warm water in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a whisk attachment. Stir well to combine and set aside.
  4. Place the sugar, syrup and extra water in a 2 quart saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil and cook without stirring until a candy thermometer has reached the soft ball stage (115°C/240°F) – about 10 minutes. Remove from the heat.
  5. With the mixer running at high speed, gradually add the hot syrup to the gelatin mixture. Beat for 10 minutes or until the mixture is thick and fluffy. Add the rose flavoring and beat to combine about 30 seconds more.
  6. Scrape the marshmallow into your previously prepared pan, spread as smooth as possible with a damp rubber spatula. Dust the top with sifted powdered sugar, let stand uncovered at room temperature until set…up to 12 hours.
  7. Invert the marshmallow onto a cutting board that has been dusted with powdered sugar. Peel off the parchment; it will be sticky, dust with sifted powdered sugar. Cut into bite size squares (for rocky road) with a sharp knife or kitchen shears. Dip the sides in powdered sugar, shake off excess and store in an airtight container up to two weeks.
  1. ROCKY ROAD - This Rocky Road is made without tempering the chocolate:
  2. Slowly melt 10ozs of the chocolate in a microwave at 50% power, stir to help the melting process after each minute.
  3. When the chocolate has just about melted, stir in the last 8ozs, microwave for 30 seconds at 50% power.
  4. Remove from the microwave and stir until the chocolate mixture is completely melted and smooth.
  5. Quickly stir in the nuts and cherries and then gently but quickly fold in the marshmallows to coat.
  6. Spread the mixture onto the prepared baking sheet, square off and if needed, press down to smooth the top. Let dry at room temperature, 4 hours to overnight.
  7. With a sharp knife, cut into pieces and store in an airtight container up to a week.

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  • vvvanessa
  • lapadia
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  • Bevi
  • boulangere

13 Reviews

vvvanessa October 30, 2011
this is such a clever take on the classic. i love it!
what does bud have to do with "depending on your cat"?
lapadia October 31, 2011
Thanks :), VVV! I was pleased with how it turned out. re: Bud, haha, he is just following me around this Halloween weekend!
lapadia October 31, 2011
oops...Bud's gone :)
lapadia October 28, 2011
Thanks for all your comments! Actually replied to all don't see them - btw :)
lorigoldsby October 27, 2011
Wow Lapadia!! This is an amazing variation. Can't wait to try yours!
lapadia October 28, 2011
Thanks, LG! Back to you, I like some of the different ingredients you use that I have never tried with Rocky Road.
Bevi October 27, 2011
I am picking up rosewater and making this with my daughter within a week. This sounds absolutely to die for.
lapadia October 28, 2011
Sounds great, Bevi! Would love to hear back after you have tried it :) btw- checked out your daughter's preserves online, love the jars they use :)
boulangere October 27, 2011
Mmmmm, the rose, cherry, and chocolate sound like a divine combination.
boulangere October 28, 2011
OMG, I wish I could eat this! I truly can practically taste it from your lovely flavors on the "page."
lapadia October 29, 2011
Ha,ha, thanks so much! Btw - I actually replied back to you yesterday, but it never showed up “system glitch”. I was looking at your Rose scented Bons with white chocolate and I liked how you worked with the actual rose pedals to achieve your scent, etc. will have to try that sometime.
hardlikearmour October 27, 2011
Yum! Love all the flavors you've got working here & the homemade rosewater marshmallows sound too-die-for on their own.
lapadia October 29, 2011
Thanks, HLA!!You are inspiring...btw:)