Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Homemade Marshmallow

YUM..... That is all I have to say....

3 packages unflavored gelatin
1 cup ICE COLD water, divided
12 oz granulated sugar (approx 1/2 cups)
1 cup light corn syrup
1/4 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup confectioners sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
non stick spray

Place gelatin into bowl on a stand mixer along with 1/2 cup of water. Have the wisk attachment standing by.

In a small sauce pan, combine the remaining 1/2 cup water, granulated sugar, corn syrup and salt.  Place over medium high heat, cover and allow to cook for 3-4 minutes.  Uncover and clip candy thermometer onto side of pan and continue to cook until the mixture reaches 240 degrees F, approximately 7-8 minutes.  Once the mixture reaches this temperature, immediately remove from 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 the syrup, increase the speed to high.  Continue to whip until the mixture becomes very thick and luke warn, approximately 12 -15 minutes.  Add the vanilla during the last minute of whipping.  While the mixture is whipping, prepare the pans as follows.

Combine the confectioners sugar and corn starch into a small bowl.  Lightly spray a 13x9 inch metal pan with non stick cooking spray.  Add the sugar and cornstarch mixture and move around to completely cover bottom and sides of pan.  Return the remaining to bowl for later use.

When ready, pour the mixture into pan, using a lightly oiled spatula for spreading evenly into the pan.  Dust the top with enough of the sugar cornstarch mixture to cover.  Reserve the rest for later. Allow the marshmallows to sit uncovered for 4 hours or up to overnight.

Turn the marshmallows out onto a cutting board and cut into 1 inch squares using a pizza wheel dusted with the sugar cornstarch mixture. Once cut, lightly dust all sides of each marshmellow with the remaining sugar cornstarch mixture, using additional if necessary. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 weeks.

Bachelor Button Cookies...

Ok all.... Thanks to Courtney for bringing these fabulous little things into my life!
These (according to Courtney) were Thomas Jefferson's favorite cookie.... Someday I am going to search for the presidents fav cookies and bake them...Ohhhhhhhhhhh Presidents Day...FABULOUS!

Here is the recipe.

1 cup shortning
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs (well beaten)
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp soda
2 cups flour
1/4 tsp salt
dried marichino cherries... I did not have any and used jumbo chocolate chips

Cream shortening and sugar. Add beaten eggs. Sift dry ingredients and add, blending well. Drop (I rolled them to make the pretty) by teaspoons on greased cookie sheet and bake 10 to 12 minutes (mine took 9 minutes) at 375 degrees,

I placed the chocolate chips on the rolled cookies before baking... The marachino cherries are done the same way.

ADDED: Pretty cool idea from Gabby.... Take the sugar and salt out... these make great dog cookies!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Ok everyone... I seemed to have fallen in a hole!

Yay for December, BOO for the freaking cold I have. I have has this cold for now 3 days and... it is just awful!

Small updates for all... Gabby went yesterday for an Asparger's assessment. She said the doctor gave her a bunch of tests. He asked what seemed to be 5 million questions to Lee and myself.  I have no idea how this will turn out, I should be getting the final report by the beginning of the year.

On to better things... I can't wait for Christmas!! Snow (mucho grande snow) has arrived. This morning, it is 7 degrees... COLD! The tree is up, gift are under the tree. Lee and I sat and thought about how much better we are than a year ago.  We all have little blessings every day. Even when the days seem really crappy, blessings come is small and odd packages. We just need to look for them.

I will start putting recipes daily... I am going to start with the recipes I will be making for our families Christmas party. All are lovely desserts.

Be good to each other!
~Jenn... who is headed to the couch with a box of tissues and a blanket!