Tuesday, February 08, 2011

homemade marshmallows

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Watch out world (and waistline) I have discovered homemade marshmallows! The recipe has been on my to do list for the last year but I was afraid it would be way too messy and difficult to make. Surprising it was really easy and despite a spilled bag of powdered sugar and marshmallow in my hair, it wasn't as messy as I expected! It think homemade marshmallows would make a perfect sweet treat for Valentines Day!


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The recipe I used was from the Barefoot Contessa (Ina Garten) but I tweaked it just a little by adding orange extract and dipping them in chocolate.

Ingredients-

3 packages unflavored gelatin
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
Confectioners' sugar, for dusting


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Start by combining the three packets of gelatin


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with 1/2 cup of cold water. Set aside and let sit.


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Combine 1 1/2 cups of sugar, 1 cup of corn syrup, 1/4 teaspoon of salt


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and 1/2 cup of water together in a sauce pan.


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Cook over medium heat until the sugar is dissolved.
Raise the heat to high and cook until the syrup reaches 244 F degrees on a candy thermometer.


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Pour the syrup into the gelatin mixture.


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Mix on high and whip until the mixture is thick.


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At this point I added about a teaspoon of orange extract


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and continued to whip a little bit longer.


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Next, grease a baking pan with vegetable oil


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and dust a heavy layer of powered sugar (don't spill the bag of powdered sugar!)
This will keep everything from sticking to the pan.


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Pour the marshmallow mixture into the pan

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Sprinkle another layer of powdered sugar on top.


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Let it sit at room temperature over night.


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You can remove the entire sheet of marshmallow from the pan and place on a cutting board to cut it up OR you can cut from the pan like I did (I found it was less messy).


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I used little candy liners for each of my marshmallows.


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I used a heart cookie cutter to cut out heart shaped marshmallows and used kitchen scissors to clean up the shape.


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FYI- all the little scraps left over from cutting out the shapes can be used as little marshmallows for baking! Just package them up tuperware.

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Add the large marshmallows to hot chocolate or a mocha.

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Or even dip in chocolate! The combo of the orange flavored marshmallows and the chocolate is to DIE FOR!


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Line up on a pretty tray and serve as Valentines Day treats or even package them up to give as gifts.


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Now that I know how easy and TOTALLY delicious it is to make your own, I don't know if I will ever buy marshmallows from the store again!


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