Sunday Craft: The art of making SMARSHMELLOWS


I have decided that Sunday is the day the kids and I will try new art projects and cooking. I thought long and hard about what I wanted to do.  I decided to make marshmallows.  I looked through tons and tons of recipe’s and decided on Martha Stewarts.  This is also because she had a cute idea for snowflake marshmallows for your hot cocoa and since the cold will be billowing in pretty soon I decided that was the cutest way to go!!!

SO I followed the directions to a T:  See Below:

Ingredients

  • 2 envelopes (each 1 scant tablespoon) unflavored gelatin
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2/3 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Vegetable-oil cooking spray

Directions

  1. Coat a 12-by-17-inch rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray; line with parchment paper. Spray parchment; set aside. Pour 1/3 cup cold water into the bowl of an electric mixer. Sprinkle with gelatin; let mixture soften, about 5 minutes.
  2. Place sugar, corn syrup, salt, and 1/3 cup water in a medium saucepan. Cover; bring to a boil. Remove lid; cook, swirling pan occasionally, until syrup reaches 238 degrees (soft-ball stage) on a candy thermometer, about 5 minutes.
  3. With mixer on low speed, whisk gelatin mixture, and slowly pour the syrup in a steady stream down the side of the bowl (to avoid splattering). Gradually raise speed to high; beat until mixture is thick, white, and has almost tripled in volume, about 12 minutes. Add vanilla, and beat 30 seconds to combine.
  4. Pour mixture onto prepared baking sheet; smooth with an offset spatula. Let stand at room temperature, uncovered, until firm, at least 3 hours or overnight.
  5. Coat a 1- or 2-inch snowflake-shaped cookie cutter with cooking spray to prevent it from sticking. Cut out as many individual marshmallows as possible; coat cutter with more spray as needed. Use marshmallows immediately or store in an airtight container at room temperature up to 1 week.
Here are the pictures of how it all went down.

Shmarshmallow batter poured into cookie sheet

Mixing the batter

Dorian’s horse he cut out

My heart I cut out!

Selena’s person cutout

However, I decided that next time I made them there would be definite changes.
First: instead of spraying the pan with cooking spray which leaves an after taste I would coat the pan and the non-stick parchment paper with unsalted butter.  I believe the taste would be much better on the marshmallows.  Also, after allowing the marshmallows to sit overnight I will dust with powdered sugar.  I actually ended up doing this with this batch and the taste was to die for!!!! Another step would be to add some butter flavoring to the mix.  Therefore, next time I’m going to add 1tsp of butter flavor.  I also thought about dividing the recipe and adding strawberry flavor and some food coloring…or using strawberry jello instead of unflavored!  So many possibilities!
SMARSHMELLOWS:
So the reason we call marshmallows smarshmellows is because my adorable son Dorian has a speech impediment and that’s what he calls them.  He always says to me: Hey mom can we buy some SMARSHMELLOWS! I always say absolutely! 🙂
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