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Homemade Wagon Wheels

2011 July 13
by Reemski

I’m now around 6 months pregnant, and really feeling it. Carrying around a large weight strapped to your front is disconcerting in so many ways, from trying to do up your shoelaces to sleeping. One of the odd things I’ve discovered about pregnancy is how my taste has changed. I used to be one of those people who looked at you disapprovingly if you added salt to your food without tasting it first, and though I taste my food first, I’m adding salt! I’m also consuming one small packet of Smith’s Salt and Vinegar chips per week. Can’t get enough of that salty goodness!

Conversely I’m also finding my taste for sugar has gone a little screwy. Things seem too sweet to me now. Recently I decided I needed a wagon wheel. I used to love these as a kid and my irrational pregnant mind compelled me to procure one to satisfy the desire.  Stormie came home with two, and I popped one in my handbag in anticipation of devouring it at the movies. At the movies, I got ice cream instead, but I tried eating the Wagon wheel when I got home. I couldn’t eat more than half of it. I was SO disappointed. It was so sweet it made my teeth hurt! To my tastebuds, the biscuit was too crumbly with what seemed like whole sugar crystals contributing to the biscuit’s crumbliness. I then determined that I had to make my own.

In combination, I had also been musing on making marshmallows. Don’t know why exactly, but it was probably inspired by David Lebovitz and Raspberri Cupcakes…So using this basic marshmallow recipe from Gourmet Traveller I set to making my own homemade wagon wheels!

A couple of tips before you get started:

  • Make sure you have a sugar thermometer. Make sure it isn’t a massive one like I have, as I couldn’t actually use it properly without tipping the pot full of boiling sugar syrup so it would be deep enough to submerge.
  • Make sure you oil every utensil you use: spatulas and spoons and palette knives etc…I just created a sticky mess everywhere and wasted about 1/4 of the marshmallow cause I just couldn’t get it out of the bowl.
  • Make sure you have everything ready to go; I found I got a bit flustered with this marshmallow recipe as it had instructions dependent on the syrup reaching a certain temperature. I managed, but I would have managed better if there was someone else in the kitchen!

When it comes to the biscuits themselves, I took a shortcut and decided against making them myself. So I bought two kinds after some discussion on twitter. I bought Marie biscuits and Granita biscuits. I prefer the Marie biscuits, as they’re less sweet, crumbly  and they’re thinner than the Granita, but you can use whatever you want.

After making the marshmallow, lay out your biscuits ready to go and get to spreading that marshmallow. Don’t go too thick as then there will be too much space round the edges for the chocolate to have to get into…with the other half of the biscuits also have them laid out and ready to spread with your choice of jam. I used the Anatoth raspberry jam and think it’s perfect.

I ended up using 4 blocks of Lindt 70% dark chocolate, which is a perfect foil against all the sweetness.

So, the verdict? WAY better than the store bought kind. Less sweet, more tart from the good jam, and the darker, better quality chocolate makes a world of difference.

YUM!

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  1. July 13, 2011

    they look fantstic i probably wouldnt go through all the trouble to make them from scratch buti think ill grab one from the shops after work hehe

  2. July 13, 2011

    Cool!

    I’d love to try this with different flavours too. It’d be ace!

  3. July 13, 2011

    Nom nom nom.

    Now I want a Wagon Wheel. A homemade one. Got any left?

    Interesting thing about your taste change during pregnancy. I had the same thing, but the opposite way ’round. I never had a sweet tooth before pregnancy, then suddenly I was gobbling down chocolate like it was going out of fashion. While the sweet cravings have receded, I still eat more sweet things now than I did before having a baby. Weird, huh?

  4. July 13, 2011

    Your wagon wheels look awesome! The chocolate coating is so neat, I somehow manage to get chocolate EVERYWHERE when I use it to coat things. And yep, marshmallow making can be a sticky mess so it definitely it helps to have all your things ready to go. By the way I had a store-bought wagon wheel recently and it was surprisingly disappointing in comparison to my childhood memories, so maybe it’s not just you!

  5. July 13, 2011

    I really want a wagon wheel now – REALLY!! They look fantastic. Well done on making them.

    It is so disappointing when you crave something only to finally get it, bite into it and get let down.

    Maybe you should make salt and vinegar chips next?!

  6. July 13, 2011

    They look awesome Reem, I can’t believe you had the energy to make these all in 1 day.

    And I know what you mean about tastes being skewed, I thought being preggers will only make me crave cakes more, but I’ve hardly felt like any cake. Though I can’t get enough of fruit salad…

  7. July 13, 2011

    omgs awesome!!! love that last pic with a bite taken out to show us the layers!

  8. July 14, 2011

    DELISH!!! What a great idea!

  9. July 14, 2011

    What a great idea to create a Wagon Wheel at home! Glad to hear it finally sated your craving. Now you’ve got me thinking about other childhood treats that’d be fun to make from home .. I used to love choc-malt ice cream but that doesn’t even exist anymore – maybe I should give that a try?

  10. July 14, 2011

    Delicious! :)

    I had a Wagon Wheel some time ago and I swear that they changed the recipe (probably along with the inevitable takeover of the original maker :( ). The marshmallow used to be fluffier I’m sure :|

  11. July 16, 2011

    Is this the start of the Reemski cooks her food cravings series? :)

  12. July 22, 2011

    I have such a weakness for wagon wheels. I think the advertising worked concerningly well on me as a kid. Your homemade ones – I dunno. I reckon I have to sample one to see if they stack up to the original. Proper sampling. A dozen please :)

  13. July 27, 2011

    Ooh, I loved wagon wheels as a kid but couldn’t believe how rubbish the chocolate was when I tasted one as an adult. Have to try this.

  14. July 28, 2011

    They look fantastic…I am sure if I tried it chocolate would end up everywhere

  15. July 31, 2011

    Funny thing about the awkwardness of pregnancy – now that my baby is nine weeks old and so often carried on my chest as I work around our farm, it’s like being pregnant all over again, only the baby’s on the outside!

  16. August 2, 2011

    Have you been reading my recipe idea notes? :-P I have been toying with the idea of wagon wheels for some time but in a slightly different incarnation. Inspired by you I may try that sometime soon…

  17. August 9, 2011

    Brilliant.I tried making marshmallow fluff last year when I was making whoopie pies. I’ve never ever made such a mess in my kitchen before. It was a nightmare. It was like something from Ghostbusters.

  18. August 14, 2011

    I feel deprived… I’ve never had one of these before. They look amaaaaaaaaaazing. I just can’t eat store bought cookies anymore for all the reasons you mentioned above (too sweet and artificial-tasting). These look like an absolute feast.

  19. August 21, 2011

    its exactly 6.00am on Sunday monrning – Im about to go to the servo and buy a wagon wheel because you have tempted me. Shame on you!
    These look unreal!
    T x

  20. August 21, 2011

    Wow how awesome! Looks like a lovely project for me and my little cousin in the school holidays

  21. August 27, 2011

    I never knew pregnancy changed our tastebuds so much :(
    I find a lot of things a bit too sweet for my liking, I prefer savoury food anyway lol, but this recipe sounds so good! Love dark chocolate esp. if it’s 60-70%

  22. September 21, 2011

    YUMMY! They look so fluffy and delicious.
    Natalie´s last post..Bacon.

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