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May 14, 2012

Homemade Marshmallows

I decided I wanted to make homemade marshmallows for our stache bash.  The husband asked me what I was going to do with them.  My reply was, “Eat them.”  He was confused…no graham crackers and no chocolate?  Nope.  Just eat them.

They are so delicious that they don’t need an accompaniment, but I will admit to all of you that I did not know that at the time.  I got excited and I didn’t consider our lack of a fire source.  And I am way too grown up now to make microwave s’mores like I did when I was a kid.  At least when there are guests in our home.  Turns out I was right though.  They are soooo delicious that you can simply eat them.

Once you make them at home, you will never buy store bought marshmallows again.  They are so easy.  There is just a little bit of a wait before they are ready to nosh on.

Vanilla Mint Marshmallows

Ingredients

  • Vegetable oil for brushing pan
  • 1 cup of water
  • 3 (1/4 oz) envelopes of unflavored gelatin
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp mint extract
  • About 1 cup powdered sugar
  • Metal baking pan.  You choose the size based on how deep you want your marshmallows

Brush the bottom and sides of the metal pan with vegetable oil.  I also used parchment paper and oiled that as well.  This stuff is sticky!

Put 1/2 cup water in your stand mixer and sprinkle the gelatin over it.  Stir it to make sure the gelatin is in contact with the water.  Now let it sit and soften.

Heat sugar, corn syrup, salt, and 1/2 cup water in a small saucepan over low heat.  Stir until the sugar dissolves and then bring it to a boil over medium heat.  Stop stirring.

Put a candy thermometer in the syrup and continue boiling without stirring.  Bring it to 240 or soft ball stage.  Remove from heat and let stand until the bubbles dissipate.

With the mixer at low speed, pour hot syrup into gelatin in a thin stream down the side of the bowl.  Increase speed to high and beat until very thick and the mixtures forms a thick ribbon.  About 5 minutes.  Beat in vanilla and mint.

Scrape marshmallows into pan and spread evenly with dampened fingers.  It will be super sticky.  Let stand uncovered at room temp until surface is no longer sticky.  About 3 hours, but it could be longer if it is a humid day.

Dust a cutting board with powdered sugar.  Use a spatula to pull the sides of the marshmallow from the pan then invert it onto the board.  Dust the top with sugar.  Now cut into strips and then squares.  I found that a pizza cutter worked best.

Coat marshmallows one at a time in powdered sugar.

May 13, 2012

Mustaches and Sequins!

I was itching for another party, but I needed a theme.  How about mustaches and sequins?  They go together so well that they deserve a party!  It was a stache bash!

Some of the men on the invite list were bearded, so all they had to do was trim it into a sexy stache.  Those that were not bearded got 2 weeks notice to man up.  Their other alternative was to wear sequins.  You will see that some did…

The ladies finally had an excuse to wear sequins outside of NYE.  We rocked it like a newly legal 21 year old in Uptown.  A few donned mustaches as well.  Thankfully none were real.

We have committed to another party in June.  I think this one might be a play on corporate America.  Of course costumes will be required.

PS – I will be posting the menu soon!  Homemade marshmallows, marinated mushrooms…nom nom nom.

 

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