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I Love You–Pink Marshmallows

31 Jan

For Emma Kate’s 5th Birthday—this recipe is for you!!! These are the best gourmet marshmallow ever, ever, ever, really they are that good. I promise. Hollie Rogue has a fun photo contest on Fridays, there are lots of fun pictures over on her site.

I Love You--Pink Marshmallows, the best marshmallows of all time!

Marshmallows became a fixation for me when my sister made an amazing sweet potato casserole for Thanksgiving dinner topped with homemade marshmallows. They taste better and have more character than store bought marshmallows. I developed marshmallow envy. Even when something is really good, I have to make it better. So how does one make something as simple and sinfully sweet as marshmallows better? Well, my first rule for great cooking. Rule #1–Always use the best ingredients available. Actually, use better ingredients than the recipe calls for!

Start with a good basic recipe and add to or modify it to suit your tastes. Pinterest, my new addiction, had some beautiful homemade marshmallow pictures and recipes. I started with this “Baking Bites” recipe. There are three main ingredients, gelatin, sugar and corn syrup, plus water, salt and vanilla. 1st try, I decided that I would add some butter, because rice crispy treats have butter and they taste better. This was an epic fail, not so much because of the butter, but because I failed to notice that my box of Knox gelatin was past its “use by” date. It made the marshmallow smell slightly off—hello, garbage can. I also worried that the butter made the marshmallows too runny.

Second try, marshmallows are just sweet, but just sweet isn’t good enough. Sweet plus some flavor is better. Back to Rule #1, what ingredients could be better? How about honey, clover honey is very mild but it has a distinct flavor. If you prefer one of the stronger flavors, that should work equally well. And raw sugar has slightly more flavor than white sugar. Also, adding more salt balances the sweetness of the sugar. Vanilla pairs well with cinnamon, and cardamom, so a little of those will add the final touch without overwhelming the soft sweetness of marshmallow. And since it is my niece, Emma Kate’s 5th birthday and valentine’s day is just around the corner, they need to be pink; so you definitely need to add some food color. Below is the new and improved “I love you—pink marshmallows.”

In the bowl of a stand mixer add,

½ cup cold water
3 packets Knox gelatin (0.25 oz. each)—sprinkle on top of water

Allow the water and gelatin to gel for about 10 minutes.

In a 2 quart sauce pan add,

2 cups sugar
2/3 cup honey
¼ cup water

Slowly bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Keep it at a full boil for one full minute—I had to take the honey mixture off the burner to keep it from boiling over, when I made this with corn syrup it didn’t boil over. While still boiling, pour it over the gelatin. Using the whisk attachment, whisk on high for 7 minutes. It should become opaque and very fluffy.

Fluffy Pink and wonderful--Keep mixing

Add,

1Tbs. Vanilla—real vanilla!
1tsp salt—sea salt is very good!
1tsp cinnamon
1tsp cardamom
and food coloring if you want them colored—6 or 7 drops to get good pink

Continue to beat on high for another 7 minutes.

While your mixer is working and you are waiting, lightly but completely oil two pieces of plastic wrap or parchment paper on one side. They should be big enough to cover a 10”x15” cookie sheet. Place one in the bottom of your baking sheet, leave the other out. When your marshmallows have been totally whipped, pour the mixture onto your cookie sheet spread it out with a spatula which has been wiped down with oil. Cover with the second sheet of oiled plastic and let them set for 4 hours or overnight.

Smooth marshmallow out evenly on the cookie sheet with a spatula

When thoroughly set, turn the marshmallow out onto a cutting board. You my cut them with a lightly oiled pizza cutter or cookie cutters—maybe a heart-shaped cookie cutter. Dust well with powdered sugar, and enjoy!

Pink Marshmallows cut into bite size morsels and covered in Powdered sugar

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15 Responses to “I Love You–Pink Marshmallows”

  1. someonesgottapay February 3, 2012 at 12:33 am #

    These are so sweet & pretty!

    • amywombwell February 3, 2012 at 7:24 am #

      Thanks, I hope you try them some time!

  2. tiarasandtantrums February 3, 2012 at 12:51 am #

    I have always wanted to make homemade marshmallows – but cardamom? really? I never would have thought cardamom would be in a marshmallow recipe? Do they taste the same? Homemade marshmallows always look so much prettier too!

    • amywombwell February 3, 2012 at 7:30 am #

      I just like cardamom, it has a slightly citrus spice taste that works with both the vanilla and cinnamon. The marshmallows would be good with only vanilla, but I wanted them to have a little more flavor–but not a lot–they are marshmallows. The spices certainly don’t overwhelm the other flavors. The honey is what makes the biggest difference, I would choose a mild clover honey. All whipped up the flavors are spread out and very mild.

  3. Vhen February 3, 2012 at 6:37 am #

    wow, thanks for sharing the recipe! wanna try it also!

    http://thelayugan.blogspot.com/2012/02/photo-friday-rain.html

    hope to see you too 🙂

    • amywombwell February 3, 2012 at 7:44 am #

      thanks for stopping by. I stopped by your blog and your photos are beautiful.

      Amy

  4. emily February 3, 2012 at 9:51 am #

    That sounds divine, but knowing my baking skillz I’d probably royally screw it up!

    • amywombwell February 3, 2012 at 10:11 am #

      Love your blog!! and they are really easy, I promise–and “the boy” would love them I bet.

      Thanks for stopping by.

  5. Rebecca Stites Derrick February 3, 2012 at 1:19 pm #

    Amy! I can’t wait to make these with Emma Kate! Thank you for including her in your post… She will be delighted.
    Love you so much!
    Becca

    • amywombwell February 3, 2012 at 1:21 pm #

      Thanks, does Betsy still manage a beehive? I though it would be so wonderful to make this with your own honey. How cool would that bee?

      • Rebecca Stites Derrick February 4, 2012 at 1:50 pm #

        Yes! We can make Galesville Gold marshmallows… yum! Their honey is the very best.

      • amywombwell February 4, 2012 at 3:45 pm #

        Will you take some pictures. would would love to feature them!! I love the name!

  6. Just Winging It February 3, 2012 at 5:23 pm #

    Looks good! I would love it if you shared it with my link party, Show Your Stuff:

    http://juliejewels1.blogspot.com/2012/02/show-your-stuff-9.html

    • amywombwell February 3, 2012 at 7:30 pm #

      Thanks, I just did.–it is a really great! Love the food and photos, just my style.

      amy

  7. andi February 4, 2012 at 3:29 pm #

    yum! very Valentini! Thanks for sharing and linking up with us

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