Archive for December, 2010

I do have some updates coming up but it has been super crazy around here. I hope to get them up today, if not it will be later tonight. Thanks for stopping by!

Just a warning, this is going to be a very picture heavy post.

The other day one of the blogs I follow had a link to this post on how to make homemade marshmallows. After watching her video I was surprised by how easy it looked, I had always heard they weren’t worth the effort. I LOVE homemade marshmallows so I decided to give them a try.

I gathered up all the ingredients, the only thing I had to buy was the gelatin and orange extract because I wanted to flavor them orange instead.

I sprayed my 9×9 pan. (I promptly went to amazon after-wards and bought a couple of silicon pans, they stuck like crazy!)

I sprinkled the gelatin into a 1/2 cup cold water and let it sit for a bit. It gets really thick.

Then I put 1/4 water, 2 cups sugar and 2/3 cups corn syrup into a pot and brought it to a hard boil for one minute.

Then I poured it over the gelatin mixture and started to beat it on high. My stand mixer was AWESOME for this!

Here it is about halfway through.

I beat it for about eight minutes, stopping to check it around 4 minutes and 6 minutes. Then I added the orange (I forgot the vanilla) and whipped it about 30 more seconds to get it incorporated.

Then came the hardest part, getting it into the pan so it could set. It is very sticky! She made it look so easy on her video. I had marshmallow cream everywhere! Then I added food coloring to make it orange.

It's so shiny!

I had a lot stick to the bowl so I boiled some water to make some hot cocoa. I scraped what I could out and plopped it  on top of my cocoa. It was soooooooooooooo good!

Four hours later I took them out of the pan and put the on a cutting board so I could use the scissors without scratching my pan. I put a little of the powdered sugar/corn starch mix on the board and it really helped keep them from sticking.

Then I tossed them all in the powdered sugar/corn starch mix to keep them from being sticky. I found that they weren’t as set up as I wanted so I just let them sit on on the counter a couple of more hours and they are perfect.

Ooey, gooey goodness

These really are very easy and fast (if you don’t count the set up time) to make. Cutting and tossing took the longest and mostly because I wanted to get as much powder off as possible. They are also very inexpensive which makes them a win in my book.

Next I want to make peppermint. I also want to try it with brown sugar and to try and make a chai flavored one like a bakery in town does.

I am so happy with how these turned out and so excited that I can make my own gourmet marshmallows.

~Mama

I’m back! Life has been crazy! First L started pre-school and it’s gotten busier from there. Between getting used to having to have a schedule, visiting grandparents, birthdays for 3 of our 4 member family, Halloween and Thanksgiving, there were computer problems. I was without a computer for at least two weeks and then I didn’t have a battery for another week. Now things have slowed down a bit and I am ready to write.

A little over a week ago a friend of mine on Facebook mentioned that she was going to try and make an Amish Friendship bread starter. This caught my attention as I LOVED Amish Friendship Bread as a kid and hadn’t been given a starter since I was probably a teen. She and I both did some research and decided to make this starter.

Day 3 of the making the starter

Covered with cheese cloth to breath.

It starts out very simple: 1 cup each of milk, flour and sugar. She decided on it first and after a little more research I did as well. The one that I first thought of using had yeast in it. Turns out that it is a short cut. It makes it so you can skip a few days, 5 in fact. Those first five days let this dough make it’s own yeast. The first couple of days I didn’t notice much but when I went to stir today, day 5, I could smell it. Yeast. It smells sooooo good!

Day 5 of the making the starter

Looks the same, but it's not!

Tomorrow will be a new step. In fact, I will do nothing with my starter and pretend that it is the day I got it from someone else. I just hope that it keeps going well and that I end up with some delicious sweet bread.

~Mama