Saturday, December 12, 2009

It's a Marshmallow World...

It seems like everyone makes marshmallows. I made my first batch of homemade marshmallows when I was in culinary school and used it to decorate my gingerbread project

  • I thought it (marshmallow) was over rated
  • and messy
  • and gelatin smells like wet dog

  • but they (marshmallows) are a crowd pleaser
  • and look so dreamy 
  • floating on a steamy mug of cocoa
  • or piled high on a candy buffet
  • or perched on Mr. Darcy's open palm 

  • but most of all

  • they make the best gift
  • especially if you are on a  budget
  • and out of ideas

  • Which is why I made some of what I call marshmallow cakes to give this Christmas
  • I call this Candy-Cane Mellow Cake
  • because it is peppermint flavored

  • The recipient can cut it in squares, with cookie cutters, or just pick it up and eat it out of hand

  • I don't make the rules
  • and when it comes to eating sweets

  • I. 
  • don't.
  •  judge. 
  • Marshmallows
  • (printable recipe)
  • 3/4 oz (3 pkgs) unflavored gelatin
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 Tbs  light corn syrup
  • water
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large egg whites
  • flavoring to taste
  • food color 

Put sugar in a saucepan. Add enough water to make a mixture that looks and feels like wet sand.  What is most important is that all sugar has the same amount of moisture. Add corn syrup, and place over low heat.  Cook until it becomes a sugar syrup of 235-240 degrees. It should have the consistency of corn syrup. 2 room temperature egg whites into the bowl of your mixer. Add the salt .  Also, prepare gelatin.  Place 1/2 cup water in a bowl. Sprinkle the gelatin evenly over the water.  Let bloom.
Once the sugar syrup is ready, turn off heat and let sit for a couple of minutes...not too long.  Start your mixer on low and get the whites to foamy.  Mix the gelatin into the sugar syrup and stir until melted completely.  Bring the saucepan over to the mixer and turn it to high. Slowly pour the sugar syrup into the bowl, careful not to hit the whisk attachment.  Leave on high and mix until the mixture is warm, but full volume and comes to a peak.  While it is still warm, pour into tin or pan.  Sift powdered sugar on top
For the candy-cane marshmallow I used a 8" tart tin that I sprayed with vegetable spray.  I added 1/4 tsp peppermint oil (food safe) to the entire batch.  I separated the batch in half and added red food color to one half of the mixture.  I swirled together in the pan. Work fast because this sets up rather quickly.

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  1. my kids would love these! thanks for all your sweet comments on my blog-they make my day!

  2. Wow...I've never heard of making your own marshmallows. Think I might give it a try! Listen, I wanted to thank you soooooooo much for stop­ping by on my Spe­cial SITS Day. It’s taken me a while to get back, but I hope to see you around the blo­gos­phere again soon!

  3. My boys love marshmellows, especially on hot cocoa! Thanks for the recipe! I'm started my Big Christmas Cooking Week - Next up is Truffles! Totally decadent! Totally un-American! Totally Chocolate!

  4. Oh, that looks so delicious. Perfect gift for coworkers, neighbors, friends of friends and the like. I wish I could just have the whole month of December to bake, silly job always getting in the way =P

  5. ooooops, that looks yummy!
    Sunny greetings from Cairo :)

  6. Stopping by from SITS. Saw your comment today with this "recent post" title, and just had to come by. I've made homemade marshmallows a few times and agree with your comments and critiques. True, they are such a crowd pleaser ~ people really seem "wowed" by a home-made marshmallow. I like your creative twist, and you've done a lovely job with the red marbling. I'm so glad to have found your blog. I look forward to following and reading more. Warmest wishes, Jenn @ Rook No. 17

  7. Oh goodness I am going to try out this recipe. We have lots of baking to do this year, but not a lot of money to do it. Thanks for sharing this!

  8. What a great idea. Popping by via SITS.. Happy Monday! : )

  9. Christy, ditto! I'm so glad we found each other's blogs. Thank you for all of the tremendous compliments. You really made my day. Perhaps some day we can do some sort of guest recipe posts ~ maybe something for the New Year.

  10. ohhhhhh powdered gelatin. i totally remember the wet dog smell like it was yesterday. good times.
    i might make some coffee ones for aaron to put in his hot cocoa though... good idea for a stocking stuffer. thanks!

  11. This looks so pretty! I love the bright red!

  12. These look so yummy!!! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  13. LOL Good to know you don't care if I don't cut into nice bite sized pieces! ;)

  14. Amazing... This is the first time in my entire life I have ever heard of or seen a recipe for marshmallows. But it sounds like fun and I bet my grandchildren would enjoy making them. Thanks Submit CUTE or FUNNY photos and tell friends to vote for them. NO entry fee.


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