Thursday, October 2, 2008

I can’t wait to make s’more!

MARSHMALLOWS!
Ok, I read food blogs every day.  I remember when all the Tuesdays With Dorie people made marshmallows.  I was amazed.  Like really, you can make marshmallows?  For real?!?
My best friends and I (from now on to be referred to as the Uptown Girls) went camping last weekend.  I thought this seemed like the perfect time to try to make marshmallows!  I borrowed a candy thermometer from my good friend at work, and I was ready!  When I told The Boy I was planning on making marshmallows, he laughed.  When I began to make them, he laughed.  When I cut them the next morning he laughed.  He asked why I didn’t just go out and buy them.  I sometimes want to strangle him, I won’t lie.
My recommendation for this recipe is… DON’T ATTEMPT WITH A CHEAPO HAND MIXER!  Yikes, I seriously thought I killed it.  After the 15 minutes of mixing, I turned it off when it was time to add in the vanilla, and it wouldn’t turn back on!  I’d like to make these again, but with a KitchenAid stand mixer!
PS.  These marshmallows make AMAZING s’mores.



And to quote Katie “These are better than real marshmallows!”  To which I said, “Katie, these ARE real!  Just homemade!”  Either way she loved them, and I think she ate half of them.  Seriously.

This is Katie, I think what she is saying here is, “Gimme gimme gimme more… Marshmallows”

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Homemade Marshmallows

from RecipeZaar
1 day | 1 hour prep
40 marshmallows

Ingredients:

2 1/2 tablespoons unflavored gelatin
1/2 cup cold water
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract
confectioners' sugar (for dusting)

Directions:


Combine gelatin and 1/2 cup cold water in the bowl of an electric mixer with whisk attachment. Let it stand 30 minutes.

Combine granulated sugar, corn syrup, salt, and 1/2 cup of water in a small heavy saucepan; place over low heat and stir until sugar has dissolved.

Wash down sides of pan with a wet pastry brush to dissolve sugar crystals. Clip on candy thermometer; raise heat to high. Cook syrup without stirring until it reaches 244° (firm ball stage). Immediately remove pan from heat.

With mixer on low speed, slowly and carefully pour syrup into the softened gelatin. Increase speed to high; beat until mixture is very thick and white and has almost tripled in volume, about 15 minutes. Add vanilla; beat to incorporate.

Generously dust an 8x12 inch glass baking pan with confectioners' sugar. Pour marshmallow mixture into pan. Dust with confectioners' sugar; let stand over night uncovered, to dry out.

The next morning, combine 2 Tbsp powdered sugar & 2 Tbsp cornstarch. Spray a pizza cutter with nonstick spray & cut marshmallows. Toss the marshmallows in the bowl to coat (this will ease the stickiness). Store in airtight container for a couple of weeks.

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2 Responses to “I can’t wait to make s’more!”

  1. 1
    Stephanie — October 3, 2008 @ 4:02 pm

    Sounds like a blast! I’ve been looking for a good marshmellow recipe! I want to make some to put in with my hot cocoa mix for gifts at Christmas.

  2. 2
    Katie — October 3, 2008 @ 7:03 pm

    Yay! I made the food blog! This is coming straight from the source they were the best REAL marshmallow’s I’ve ever had. Erin sent some home with me, and they’ve forever changed me. I will never go back to store bought marshmallows. =)

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