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Today’s letter is ‘M’ and Arlee Bird, the man behind the A to Z Challenge gave me the word Marshmallow. When I saw it, I immediately knew what I was going to post about. Stop by a visit Arlee over at Tossing it Out. Enjoy and always feedback is welcome and appreciated.
Who doesn’t like a marshmallow treat? If you don’t like marshmallow treats then 1) something is seriously wrong with you and 2) you probably shouldn’t read anymore of this post.
Believe it or not a proper marshmallow treat doesn’t come pre-made. Sorry Kellogg’s, but those prepackaged treats are overpriced crap. You’ve gotta make those bad boys at home on your stove yourself. But if you want a better marshmallow treat make your own damn marshmallows. I guarantee you’ll be glad you did.
This recipe I got from Alton Brown’s Good Eat’s and it’s the best one so far.
No need to be afraid of the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. Just follow the recipe and everything will be just fine. But if by chance you don’t . . .
Total Time: 4 hrs 45 min
Prep: 35 min
Inactive: 4 hrs
Cook: 10 min
Yield: approximately 9 dozen marshmallows (sounds like a lot, maybe. It’s about 108 marshmallows. Make a batch for home and a batch for work, kids school, church, whatever and you will be crowned the king or queen of the marshmallow treat. And you might have a few left over to munch on yourself)
3 packages unflavored gelatin
1 cup ice cold water, divided
12 ounces granulated sugar, approximately 1 1/2 cups
1 cup light corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
Place the gelatin into the bowl of a stand mixer along with 1/2 cup of the water. Have the whisk attachment standing by.
In a small saucepan combine the remaining 1/2 cup water, granulated sugar, corn syrup and salt. Place over medium high heat, cover and allow to cook for 3 to 4 minutes. Uncover, clip a candy thermometer onto the side of the pan and continue to cook until the mixture reaches 240 degrees F, approximately 7 to 8 minutes. Once the mixture reaches this temperature, immediately remove from the heat.
Turn the mixer on low speed and, while running, slowly pour the sugar syrup down the side of the bowl into the gelatin mixture. Once you have added all of the syrup, increase the speed to high. Continue to whip until the mixture becomes very thick and is lukewarm, approximately 12 to 15 minutes. Add the vanilla during the last minute of whipping. While the mixture is whipping prepare the pans as follows.
For regular marshmallows:
Combine the confectioners’ sugar and cornstarch in a small bowl. Lightly spray a 13 by 9-inch metal baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. Add the sugar and cornstarch mixture and move around to completely coat the bottom and sides of the pan. Return the remaining mixture to the bowl for later use.
When ready, pour the mixture into the prepared pan, using a lightly oiled spatula for spreading evenly into the pan. Dust the top with enough of the remaining sugar and cornstarch mixture to lightly cover. Reserve the rest for later. Allow the marshmallows to sit uncovered for at least 4 hours and up to overnight.
Turn the marshmallows out onto a cutting board and cut into 1-inch squares using a pizza wheel dusted with the confectioners’ sugar mixture. Once cut, lightly dust all sides of each marshmallow with the remaining mixture, using additional if necessary. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 weeks.
For the Rice Krispies Treats follow the directions on the box.
Feeling particularly frisky try some Oreo Rice Krispies Treats.
- Just add 20 Regular Oreos chopped
- Chop and mash Oreos. You can do this by putting them in a ziplock bag to help keep the mess under control. You want the Oreos to be a variety of sizes from chunky to finely crushed
For more Krispies and such recipes click HERE. They even have Gluten Free recipes.