sneak peek wednesday!
what goes with thanksgiving….and marshmallows?!?! stay tuned to see!
but until then you can get started on your marshmallows…it may be too cold for campfires….but it’s cold enough for hot cocoa!
3 1/2 packages of unflavored gelatin (found with jello mixes at the store)
1 cup of cold water
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 large egg whites
about a cup of confectioners sugar (powdered sugar)
flavoring to taste….up to you – i used vanilla….but almost all of the extracts would be yummy as marshmallows: mint, coffee, almond?!?! go crazy!
start by greasing up a 9 x 13 in. metal pan…bottom and sides and then coating it with a dusting of confectioners’ sugar.
mix half a cup of your cold water with gelatin in your stand mixer or heat safe bowl and let sit to dissolve.
in a medium sauce pan mix together granulated sugar, corn syrup, salt and remaining cold water. time for you to bust out your candy thermometer again! clip thermometer to side of sauce pan and stir over low heat until sugar has dissolved. once sugar is completely dissolved increase heat to medium and bring to a boil without stirring. once mixture reaches 240°F (soft ball stage) remove from heat and add to water/gelatin mixture. mix on medium to high-speed until mixture has tripled in volume.
in a separate bowl mix egg whites till they form stiff peaks. (let me just say, my hand mixer lost its mixers in the moving catastrophe 2010 so i had to beat those suckers by hand….which gave me a deep appreciation for old school bakers – pre-technology) once you have stiff peaks add in to your fluffy mixture with flavoring and coloring of your choice and mix until just combined.
pour out your sticky fluffy mixture into metal pan and spread to edges – by picking up your pan and shifting it from side to side. your rubber spatula won’t want to help you out much…as the sticky fluffy mixture will stick to everything you touch it to…fingers included. sift 1/4 cup of confectioners sugar over the top. transfer to fridge to chill for at least 3 hours – 1 day.
once mallows have set, you can remove from pan pretty easily. use a knife to run around the edges of the pan and starting with one corner lift and let the block of mallows drop out of pan on to a cutting board. cut into 1 inch squares…or smaller if you prefer and you’re done! plop into some hot cocoa or invite yourself over to a friend’s house who owns a fire pit and enjoy!
OR stay tuned for friday’s post for an even better idea!