Lately, I have worked on organizing my photos. My computer has a million folders of photos, not labeled properly, mostly consisting of food. I usually have photos to upload every other day so my personal photos get lost, to collect virtual dust somewhere in my hard drive. This unfortunately includes my wedding and engagement photos. J and I have been married for almost a year and unfortunately I have barely even looked at all the photos. I have decided to create some photo albums and have them printed for us to easily look at and show guest without hovering around the computer. It is taking a lot longer than I thought it would but I guess with over a thousand wedding photos to go through it was bound to take some time.
I think the nostalgia of sorting through warm and fuzzy memories made my soft side come out because I had an uncontrollable urge to make homemade marshmallows. I wanted some light, fluffy and overpowering sweet just like the way I’ve been feeling lately. There are more recipes for homemade marshmallows online then I knew what to do with so I turned to joy of baking because I know their recipes are tested, tried and true.
- 1 cup cold water, divided
- 3 1/4 ounce envelopes unflavored gelatin
- 2 cups granulated white sugar
- 1 cup golden or light corn syrup
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Remove marshmallow from the pan by first running a small sharp knife around the edge of the pan. Invert pan onto a large cutting board that has been pre-dusted with confectioners sugar. Peel off parchment paper, dust with powdered sugar. Cut marshmallow into squares using clean kitchen scissors, pizza roller or a sharp knife. Dip or toss marshmallow squares in more powdered sugar. Serve!
After reading other reviews I was prepared to enter into a dangerously sticky zone but I really had no idea how messy these can be. In the joy of cooking video, the baker is shown dipping her utensils and fingers in water. Note to self (and all of you), this doesn’t work. You’re just going to have to face the fact that no matter how hard you try to prevent yourself from using your finger to scrape the spatula or how hard you try to push the marshmallow down its inevitable that you will touch the marshmallow and you will be stuck to it. Luckily, its very easy to clean with some warm water but there is a moment where you might think that your life is referencing the movie Blob. After realizing that I was about to be engulfed into a cobweb of marshmallow I decided to leave well enough alone and just let me marshmallows set far from being level. I actually liked the result in the end as it gave my marshmallows a more rustic look. I also did a quick chocolate swirly in mine but for first time marshmallow makers, you might want to stick to the basic recipe.
Despite the stickiness, making home made marshmallows are well worth the effort. It’s a very easy dessert to make and much better than the store bought variety. I wouldn’t include children in this since you are dealing with extremely hot sugar, but they’ll love to eat it. I can’t wait to bring some camping! S’mores are going to be on a whole new level!