There I was last Friday, stuck at home, waiting for the snow, wondering what to do with myself. Of course there was knitting. And some reading, too. But. I was aching to do something else. Hmmm. What to do . . . what to do . . . ?
And then inspiration struck! Make homemade marshmallows! They’ve only been on my to-do list since 2012, after all.
I did a quick peruse of Pinterest and a more extensive google search and I finally settled on Alton Brown’s Homemade Marshmallows as the one to try. It was actually quite simple.
First you soften your unflavored gelatin with some cold water.
While that’s softening up you boil some sugar and corn syrup together until it reaches 240° on a candy thermometer.
Pour that sugar syrup into the gelatin and beat, beat, beat until the mixture is thick and glossy.
Spread that into a pan you have coated with a mixture of powdered sugar and corn starch.
Then comes the hard part. You have to wait and wait and wait until they set up. I will confess that we snipped off a corner before too long, just to give them a try. Oh my. Then we showed some restraint and we left them alone overnight.
On Saturday, though, when everyone else was outside shoveling, I got to work cutting them into squares. I made some homemade hot chocolate and when the troops came inside I handed them each a mug topped with a couple of little bundles of sugary love.
Was it a lot of work? Not at all. Was it sticky and messy? Yes, a bit. But it was all worth it for the smiles I got in return for my efforts.
P.S. Happy Valentine’s Day, I love y’all!