Saturday, December 15, 2012

Marshmallows

 Who knew??

Ever since I saw a home made marshmallow snowman at my sister in law's, I wanted to try Marshmallows.

Man, is it a messy... MESSY job.

I absolutely loved it. I do believe my 15 yrs old kitchen aid stand mixer is starting to show it's age though... when I was beating the marshmallow, it would just collect in the middle of the beater and not properly mix.

Stand mixer is something I will definitely need for this. by hand? I can't even imagine how that would be possible. maybe someone can google it ;)

This is heck of a project, but if you enjoy hot coco or smores, you would love it. I mean... just if you have kids!! Do it, because it's so much fun!!


Ingredients

I followed Ina's recipe (no coconuts in this case, of course)

Combine the gelatin and 1/2 cup of cold water in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment and allow to sit while you make the syrup.
Meanwhile, combine the sugar, corn syrup, salt, and 1/2 cup water in a small saucepan and cook over medium heat until the sugar dissolves. Raise the heat to high and cook until the syrup reaches 240 degrees F on a candy thermometer. Remove from the heat.
With the mixer on low speed, slowly pour the sugar syrup into the dissolved gelatin. Put the mixer on high speed and whip until the mixture is very thick, about 15 minutes. Add the vanilla and mix thoroughly. 

Watch this video. I think it helped me a lot. 
I used a smaller pan than 9x13. I think mine would've been 8x8 in volume.


 ready!




 beating....




 beating....




 wet your hands to flatten the top, that was the only way for me



 I toasted one for meeee




 I did use pizza cutter for cutting. just dust the blaze after each cut with sugar/cornstarch mixture. 





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