Hello Cooke'd With Luv readers! I am so happy to be taking over Alan's blog today! Can you believe I have total control of his dashboard, template and settings?! What should I do: add some rainbows, unicorns and leprechauns? Do you think Alan likes deep pinks or lighter, rose pinks? He does seem like a lavender type of guy...mhmm...Ha! Ok, in all seriousness, I am completely happy to be here and I promised Alan I'd behave (he actually sent me a PDF contract to sign where I promised to not mention that he sleeps with a stuffed polar bear). Oops....Back to business! Today I'd like to share with you my new obsession (no, not bananas) but marshmallows!
What's a Marshmallow? To me, a simple-minded baker, a mallow is an edible cloud. But no one better to explain the science behind what a marshmallow really is than Aki Kamozawa and H. Alexander Talbot, authors of Ideas in Food, to tell you about "The Anatomy of a Marshmallow".
Stay with me now. Have you ever bit into a cloud? I bet you haven't but you will once you make these. Marshmallows from a bag cannot compare to homemade marshmallows. It's like comparing bacon to okra. NOT possible.
This recipe is adapted from food52, the original recipe being a Chocolate Swirl Cinnamon Marshmallow. I wanted a basic marshmallow recipe with no other flavorings than a Madagascar Vanilla bean.
Extra powdered sugar! I love the extra sweetness the excessive amounts of powdered sugar give them. Yes, I know. It seems like a lot. But hey, I'm only living once so I do what I want! By the way, I didn't have powdered sugar at home so I just pulsed white cane sugar in the blender, shaking it from time to time and had fine powdered sugar without having to head to the store!
You can check out the recipe over at Food52, here is the vanilla version I made:
1 cup water (divided into 1/2 increments)
3 packets unflavored gelatin (or flavored!)
1 1/2 cup sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
1 vanilla pod, scraped (don't throw it out!)
hefty pinch of salt (remember this is all sugar, so be generous!)
- Grease 9x9 pan, as well as the spatula you will use to remove the fluff from the bowl. Set aside.
- In your mixer bowl (this fluff needs to mix a good 15 minutes, so hand mixing is not recommended), place the gelatin and hydrate with 1/2 cup water.
- In small saucepan, place the rest of the water, corn syrup, sugar and salt. Boil over high heat until it reaches soft ball stage or 240F.
- Turn your mixer on low and drizzle in the hot syrup. Up your mixer to medium for about 5 minutes and then hot high for the rest. You're looking for a shiny, thick fluff. You know what fluff looks like. Add vanilla scrapings the last minute.
- Use greased spatula, transfer fluff to pan and flatten. You can wet your hands to help flattened a bit, but this will somehow turn into a mess if a tiny bit of mallow hits a dry spot on your hand.
- Let sit for 2-4 hours (depending on the humidity). Flip over on powdered sugar cutting board and cut with greased knife. Cut into perfect squares, flowers, circles, stars. Whatever your heart desires.
- Throw into a bowl with sifted powdered sugar and coat all the sticky sides.
- Enjoy in hot cocoa, rice krispies or by themselves!
Next week, I'll be making Stella's (BraveTart) Honey Marshmallows. (By the way, do you know Stella? If you don't, you should. Go click on over to her blog and show her some love. Or add her on Twitter @thebravetart and tell her I sent you. Oh, why should you? Because she's a macaron-diva-outstanding-pastry-chef-guru-of-ice-cream friend!)
Enough about Stella -- What would be YOUR ultimate marshmallow flavor? (Oh, and thanks Alan for hosting me! It was fun, we should do this more often! How about next time I go on a cruise and you take over? Great! Can you buy me cruise tickets? Thanks!)