Friday, February 15, 2008

Marshmallow Fun

My dear friend Jodi is curious about our homemade marshmallows. So here's one recipe:

Marshmallows Recipe
Ingredients
3 envelopes of Knox gelatin
1/2 cup cold water
2 cups granulated sugar
2/3 cups corn syrup
1/4 cup water
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
Confectioners' sugar for dredging


Instructions
In the bowl of an electric mixer, sprinkle gelatin over 1/2 cup cold water. Soak for 10 minutes. Combine sugar, corn syrup, and 1/4 cup water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and boil hard for 1 minute. Pour boiling syrup into gelatin and mix at high speed. Add the salt and beat for 12 minutes. Add vanilla and incorporate into mixture. Scrape into a 9 x 9-inch pan lined with oiled plastic wrap and spread evenly. (Note: Lightly oil hands and spatula or bowl scraper). After pouring marshmallow mixture into the pan, take another piece of plastic wrap and press mixture into the pan. Let mixture sit for a few hours. Remove from pan, dredge the marshmallow slab with confectioners' sugar and cut into 12 equal pieces with scissors (the best tool for the job) or a chef's knife. Dredge each piece of marshmallow in confectioners' sugar.

Credits
Recipe from: French Laundry Cookbook by Thomas Keller.
Please note that we cut ours out with a snowflake cookie cutter instead of scissors. No square marshmallows for us, no sir.

There are several more recipes here.

Or you can do what we did...

Have a church member give you a kit as a Christmas present.

(I said homemade, not from scratch!)

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