Background On The Recipe:
The first recipe I have tackled from the St. Mark’s Women’s Club Favorite Recipes book 1971 is Marshmallow Roll by Letitia Angevine.
All I know about Letitia Angevine is what I found through one of those websites that pulls from public records. Apparently, Ms. Angevine passed away in 1994 at the age of 88.
The recipe for Marshmallow Roll is this:
1/4 lb. butter or oleo
2 sq. semi-sweet chocolate
1 egg, beaten
1 pkg. miniature marshmallows
1 1/2 c. confectioners sugar
1/2 c. walnuts, optional.
Melt chocolate and butter together in a double boiler, add egg, remove from heat and stir in the rest of the ingredients. Sprinkle a little coconut on unwaxed paper, put in refrigerator to chill.
What I think is fun about old recipes is that they may not be exacting in what size of ingredient you might need. For example, there were a few different sizes of packages of miniature marshmallows to choose from. Also, baking chocolate is sold in bars and each brand has different size squares. So, there was some interpretation on my part.
How It Worked:
I used unsalted butter for the butter/oleo portion of the recipe. I didn’t include the walnuts because no one in the household was interested in eating them in the marshmallow roll. I wasn’t sure what unwaxed paper was, so I used parchment paper. I also made a double boiler.
The mixture was really sticky before I added the marshmallows. I wasn’t sure if they were supposed to melt, but they just kind of melted a little and made everything stickier.
After I mixed everything together, I realized that there were no directions on how to shape the thing, so I lined a Pyrex Fridgie with parchment paper and hoped for the best.
I am told the resulting dessert looks like it has already passed through someone’s digestive tract. It makes me think of that George Carlin* joke about eating a candy bar while using the toilet.
Having said that, the Marshmallow Roll tastes pretty good. It’s very sweet. I guess it would be with the amount of confectioner’s sugar I used.
And that, folks, is how the marshmallow rolls!
* While I was writing the George Carlin bit, I yelled to my husband in the other room, inquiring whether or not it was Carlin who did the bit about eating a candy bar while on the toilet. My husband said, “Allegedly. Also, all quotes anymore are from Kurt Vonnegut or George Carlin.”