marshmallows!

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!! I hope that everyone had an an amazing New Years eve and is looking forward to a great 2014!

Every year, my husband has to work on New Years eve and usually I just go hang out with him at his work and wait to get my midnight kiss. He is an audio engineer, so his work is always at a totally amazing party. This year, he was doing sound at the Portland Art Museum for an event called “Inspire Truth”. I headed over there at about 11:15 to see him, but beforehand, I went to a friend’s party. It was a 50’s theme cocktail/potluck party. On the food table was tuna casserole, cocktail weenies and other similarly weird but amazing snacks to eat. I decided to bring some marshmallows. It seemed appropriate to me – maybe it wasn’t – but whatever. They were delicious. I had never made marshmallows before so I followed Alton Brown’s recipe and added some pretty blue sprinkles to make them seem more festive. You could use this recipe with other color sprinkles for birthday parties or just use the marshmallow recipe in addition to a cake or cookie or to make s’mores if you aren’t one who likes marshmallows on their own.

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What you need:

  • 3 packages gelatin
  • 1 cup ice water (split in half)
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • cooking spray
  • sprinkles of choice (optional)

Put gelatin and 1/2 cup ice water into bowl of stand mixer fitted with whisk attachment – stir together to avoid clumping.

In a small saucepan, combine the rest of your ice water, corn syrup, sugar and salt and cook covered over medium high heat for 3-4  minutes. Uncover and cook for an additional 7-8 minutes or until internal temperature is 240 degrees. Immediately remove from heat. Turn mixer on low and pour your sugar/corn syrup/water mixture down the side of the mixing bowl slowly. Once it is all incorporated, turn your mixer’s speed up to high. Whip for 12-15 minutes until mixture is lukewarm and very thick.

In the meantime, prepare a 9×13 pan by spraying with cooking spray and dusting with a mixture of powdered sugar and cornstarch. Save remainder to coat marshmallows later. Once your mixture is ready, pour it into your pan and spread with an oiled spatula to create a smooth, flat top. Add sprinkles and dust top with your cornstarch mix again.

Allow to sit uncovered for a minimum of 4 hours. Once they are set, cut them into small squares, dip in sprinkles and in cornstarch mix.

ENJOY!

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