April 15, 2008

Marshmallows


This weeks Tuesdays With Dorie recipe is Marshmallows chosen by Judy of Judy’s Gross Eats.

I've tried to make marshmallows once (for my chocolate hi-hat cupcakes) but that was before i got my KA - it turned out ok but they were ridiculously sweet. Now that i have my KA i was happy to see this recipe chosen so i can make some again.

So of course i have some mishaps.
  • in trying to get my syrup to 265 it started to turn a pale amber color, so my marshmallows are beigey
  • when pouring the sugar syrup into the whites the syrup started to harden on the whisk, so there were big clumps of thickened syrup stuck to my whisk
  • i guess the syrup was too hot because i had little flecks of eggs all thru it, so i had to strain it
  • the whisk to my KA broke (i just got this KA in august)!!!!
After beating the meringue it really didnt look like alot so i used an 8" square cake pan intead. I sprayed it with baking spray and then dusted the pan with a cornstrach/sugar mixture. Once the mixture was into the pan i spread it out and tossed on more cornstarch/sugar. I then put a sheet of wax paper on top and smoothed out the surface. I let them sit for about 3 hours before i cut them (i used my pizza cutter). They were still a little moist so i just tossed them in more cornstrach/sugar and let them sit.

From my other experience making marshmallows i was scared to bite into it for fear of going into a sugar coma, but once i did i was really happy. Not too sweet, the perfect hint of vanilla, a nice spongy/gummy center. My only issue was the cornstarch on the outside of the marshmallow, to me it gave it a kind of dry, chalky texture when you first put it in your mouth. Otherwise I loved it. I have to say that there is a big difference between these and the ones in the supermarket. These make me want to make them over and over again so that i have them perfected by the time winter comes...... homemade mini marshmallows to top homemade hot cocoa :)

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21 comments:

Mary Ann said...

I agree with you on these tasting much better than the store bought version. I was also disturbed by the amount of cornstarch left on the outer edges so I ended up throwing them on the counter to get as much off as I could.

chelley325 said...

Definitely better than store bought, I agree! I'm sorry your whisk broke :(

Rebecca said...

A broken whisk! Nooooooooooooo. No matter the amber syrup, your marshmallows still look delicious.

Marie said...

I think your marshallows look yummy and fluffy and light, definitely scrummy! I made peanut butter cookie s'mores with mine and they were delish! Much tastier than store bought marshmallows!

CRS said...

Oh no on the KA!!
Your mallows look very tasty.

Amy said...

I love your picture. What a great way to display your handiwork.

Carrie said...

Aren't KA's the best!?!
I love mine too.

April said...

They look great! They really are much better than store bought!

Dianne said...

Man too bad about your whisk! That stinks, but your marshmallows look great! :)

Erin said...

So sorry about you whisk! Your marshmallows look pretty!

Heather said...

Sorry about your whisk! Your marshmallows look great though!

Donna said...

Too bad about your KA whisk! If it's any consolation, your mallows look great!

Mary said...

huge difference between these and the supermarket version....plus, I think the character found in their imperfection just adds more to the taste! great job!

Natalie said...

Sorry about the whisk, and your mallows look great!

Mevrouw Cupcake said...

I hope you get a KA whisk replacement very soon, that's just terrible! On the other hand, though, your marshmallows look great! Good job!

LyB said...

Wow, they look so fluffy, I wish mine had stayed that way! :)

annmartina said...

Beautiful looking marshmallows. Hopefully you will be entitled to a free whisk!

Sharon said...

These look yummy!

danielle said...

What a bummer, about your whisk. Your marshmallows look tasty. I agree about the starch. So, what I do is put them in a sifter and sift out the extra starch.

Zakia / The Frosted Bake Shop said...

thanks everyone!

annmartina - i never thought about being entitled to a new whisk. i will have to look into it :)

Judy said...

That's too bad about your whisk. KA should replace it, I would think. Your marshmallows turned out great!

 
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