Thursday, October 8, 2009

Recipe Thursday: Homemade Marshmallows

So I've been a little slack (errrr a lot slack) about blogging this week. But I have an excuse, really, I do. Monday was my birthday. And I have to tell you, my mom got me the most awesome cake. A sewing themed cake! It was a round cake, pink with brown polka dots and it had my name on it. Then, there were various sewing notions on it. Scissors, spool of thread, buttons, needle threader, etc. I took some pics but they were with my moms camera so I'll have to share later. On to the recipe...

I have to say this one is fabulous. And I made this one last night myself. My very first time making homemade marshmallows and they turned out delish! I have some awesome ideas for when I do them next time. This time, I did some plain, some dusted in cocoa, and some in cinnamon. I think the cocoa was my favorite. I LOVE me some chocolate. So on with the recipe. I found it through a google search here.

Homemade Marshmallows Recipe

1 day | 1 hour prep

40 marshmallows

  1. Combine gelatin and 1/2 cup cold water in the bowl of an electric mixer with whisk attachment.
  2. Let it stand 30 minutes.
  3. Combine granulated sugar, corn syrup, salt, and 1/2 cup of water in a small heavy saucepan; place over low heat and stir until sugar has dissolved.
  4. Wash down sides of pan with a wet pastry brush to dissolve sugar crystals.
  5. Clip on candy thermometer; raise heat to high.
  6. Cook syrup without stirring until it reaches 244° (firm ball stage).
  7. Immediately remove pan from heat.
  8. With mixer on low speed, slowly and carefully pour syrup into the softened gelatin.
  9. Increase speed to high; beat until mixture is very thick and white and has almost tripled in volume, about 15 minutes.
  10. Add vanilla; beat to incorporate.
  11. Generously dust an 8x12 inch glass baking pan with confectioners' sugar.
  12. Pour marshmallow mixture into pan.
  13. Dust with confectioners' sugar; let stand over night uncovered, to dry out.
Now, since I made this, I'll share some tips:
  • You don't have to have a stand up electric mixer, but be prepared for your hand to almost fall off from vibration if you don't. Mine almost did.
  • If you don't have that pastry brush, don't sweat it. Fine turned out fine without doing that step.
  • You really will have to beat the mixture for 15 minutes. See above.
  • Spray your glass pan with PAM first, and then dust with the sugar. Makes things easier when taking them out.
  • I didn't let mine sit overnight, only about an hour and I was able to cut them. I did let them sit out after cutting though. I'm impatient.
  • You can substitute the vanilla extract for peppermint or almond.
  • Dip your marshmallows in melted chocolate
The possibilities are endless here. Hope you have fun with it!

PS: I took pictures and my camera seems to have ate them. I know I took them and they are no where to be found on my camera. Grrrrrr.

Friday, October 2, 2009

HUGE Etsy Weekend Deal: October 2nd-4th

I'm having a BOGO (buy one get one) sale in my Etsy shop this weekend on any item $20 or less. In other words, the lesser valued item must be $20 or less. Refund will be given on lowest priced item via Paypal. Excludes custom items. Just enter code "weekend deals" in the notes.

Take advantage of the sale and start your holiday shopping early. I won't be having another sale this big until Black Friday.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Recipe Thursday: Spooky Punch

Boo! Here is a great recipe I got from Lisa Shively for this yummy punch. It is sure to make your Halloween party Spook-tacular! I included some yummy treats I found on Etsy as well.

1 (46-oz.) can pineapple juice
1 (3-oz.) box orange Jell-o mix
1 (64-oz.) ctn. orange juice

1 (1-liter) bottle ginger ale, chilled
1 qt. orange sherbet
In a saucepan, bring 1 cup of the pineapple juice to a boil. Add the Jell-o mix and stir until dissolved. Cool. Pour into a large container and add the orange juice and remaining pineapple juice. Chill. At serving time, pour the juice into a punch bowl and add the ginger ale. Top with scoops of sherbet.

Halloween Sampler 6 Piece Gourmet MarshmallowsScaramels Halloween CaramelsChocolate Mummies Pretzel Sticks (Two Baker's Dozen)Coffin Skeleton cookies....12 custom decorated sugar cookies
Halloween Treats