Christmas is only five little days away. How did that happen??
Well, the day before Josh got home from Germany, I got sick. Like high fever, bad cough, worst sore throat ever sick. Which really put a kink in my christmas preparations. I had a million knitting, crocheting and sewing projects I needed to finish to send to family for christmas, not to mention all the christmas baking I had planned. Instead I ate soup and got caught up on tv shows (dexter finale.. whooooa)
So finally on thursday I mustered up the strength to bake the entire day so I could send something homemade with the gifts to friends and family.
Marshmallows have been on my to-do list for a long time, mostly because they look so cute and fluffy.
I am not a huge fan of marshmallows in general. But I do like them in smores and on top of my hot cocoa.. And these were AMAZING in hot cocoa. And hopefully my recipients enjoy them as well.
The instructions for these look a tad intimidating, but don't be fooled, they are extremely easy. A candy thermometer is key.
(reminder: click on pictures to enlarge)
Another last minute christmas gift recipe coming tomorrow!
Marshmallows (recipe by Smittenkitchen)
About 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
3 1/2 envelopes (2 tablespoons plus 2 1/2 teaspoons) unflavored gelatin
1 cup cold water, divided
2 cups granulated sugar (cane sugar worked just fine)
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 large egg whites or reconstituted powdered egg whites
1 tablespoon vanilla (alternately: 1/2 of a scraped vanilla bean, 2 teaspoons almond or mint extract or maybe even some food coloring for tinting)
Oil bottom and sides of a 13- by 9- by 2-inch rectangular metal baking pan and dust bottom and sides with some confectioners’ sugar.
In bowl of a standing electric mixer or in a large bowl sprinkle gelatin over 1/2 cup cold cold water, and let stand to soften.
In a 3-quart heavy saucepan cook granulated sugar, corn syrup, second 1/2 cup of cold water, and salt over low heat, stirring with a wooden spoon, until sugar is dissolved. Increase heat to moderate and boil mixture, without stirring, until a candy or digital thermometer registers 240°F, about 12 minutes. Remove pan from heat and pour sugar mixture over gelatin mixture, stirring until gelatin is dissolved.
With standing or a hand-held electric mixer beat mixture on high speed until white, thick, and nearly tripled in volume, about six minutes if using standing mixer or about 10 minutes if using hand-held mixer. (Some reviewers felt this took even longer with a hand mixer, but still eventually whipped up nicely.)
In separate medium bowl with cleaned beaters beat egg whites (or reconstituted powdered whites) until they just hold stiff peaks. Beat whites and vanilla (or your choice of flavoring) into sugar mixture until just combined. Pour mixture into baking pan and don’t fret if you don’t get it all out (learning from my mess of a first round). Sift 1/4 cup confectioners sugar evenly over top. Chill marshmallow, uncovered, until firm, at least three hours, and up to one day.
Run a thin knife around edges of pan and invert pan onto a large cutting board. Lifting up one corner of inverted pan, with fingers loosen marshmallow and ease onto cutting board. With a large knife trim edges of marshmallow and cut marshmallow into roughly one-inch cubes. (An oiled pizza cutter works well here too.) Sift remaining confectioners’ sugar back into your now-empty baking pan, and roll the marshmallows through it, on all six sides, before shaking off the excess and packing them away.
Marshmallows keep in an airtight container at cool room temperature 1 week