Thursday, October 27, 2011

Homemade Marshmallow Tutorial

Happy Halloween, everyone! I never really got into Halloween until I had kids. Now I'm always thinking of fun things to do/make with my girls when Halloween rolls around. Today, I'll share a recipe for homemade marshmallows that I cut into ghost shapes, our Halloween breakfast, and few pictures from the Pumpkin Patch. So here we go.

First of all, let me say, that this recipe is from Ina Garten whom I love and want to adopt to come live with me and make all my meals for me. =)

Homemade Marshmallow Ghosts

Ingredients

3 packs of unflavored gelatin
1 cup cold water, divided
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
1/4 tsp salt
1 Tbl vanilla extract
Powdered Sugar
Thermometer

Step 1



Dissolve 3 packs of unflavored gelatin in a bowl with 1/2 cup of cold water. Let sit at least 5 minutes.

Step 2




In a saucepan, add sugar, corn syrup, salt, and 1/2 cup water.  Heat on high, stirring to dissolve the sugar, then let boil until temp reaches 240 degrees, then turn off the heat.

Step 3




Equip your stand-mixer with the whip attachment. Add the gelatin to your stand-mixer bowl, slowly pour the hot sugar syrup in, mixing on low. Once all the syrup is in, turn the stand-mixer to high, and whip for about 15 minutes. The bowl will be warm to the touch, but not hot. It will be white and fluffy.

Step 4



Once it's white and fluffy, add 1 Tbl vanilla extract and whip for another minute.

Step 5



Dust a 9X13 glass baking dish with a thick layer of powdered sugar.


Step 6





Pour the fluff into the dish, spread it out, then smooth it out with a spatula (as best as you can). Top with another thick layer of powdered sugar. Let sit on the counter, uncovered, overnight. Or at least 8 hours.

Step 7



Run a warm knife around the edges to loosen it. Grab a corner of it and gently pull the marshmallow out of the pan onto a cutting board.


Step 8





Using a cookie cutter, press it into the marshmallow and pull the edges away from the cookie cutter to loosen it. Pop out your marshmallow creature and dip the sticky edges into more powdered sugar. You can cut the rest into cubes. Done! Goes great in a mug of homemade hot chocolate!


For breakfast, I used some more Halloween cookie cutters and made some spooky pancakes! A little syrup and a bowl of Halloween sprinkles and June was in heaven.




And a few pictures from our annual Pumpkin Patch photoshoot with my sister-in-law, Emily. Her birthday was yesterday and I wrapped her gift in leftover crepe paper from Marie's birthday. Haha! I'm so crafty, she said.


Happy Halloween from June and Marie (and me, of course)!



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