Friday, January 16

Maple Berry Marshmallows

We have an unspoken rule that for Christmas the husband and I do not purchase gifts for each other. The holiday for us is about spending time with our family and making it a fun day for the kids. This year however, he broke this unspoken rule and surprised me with a gift card to get a new tattoo. 
Does he know me well or what?! For real you guys, this was the best gift ever.  

I emailed my tattoo guy and made an appointment right away. Is it weird that I now have a "tattoo guy"? For this tattoo, since Stevie gifted it to me, I figured I would get one for him. He totally thinks girls with waist/side tattoos are hot so I figured I would get one in that spot for him. (I love them too) I chose to do a single rose because every year on our anniversary (for the last 14-15 years) Stevie has given me a single stemmed red rose. 

My mirror always has toothpaste splats on it... just ignore. 
I feel like between all the new ink in the last year, my newish black hair, and my new big black truck, that naturally I need to buy a motorcycle or some other bad ass mother toy. Seriously WHO am I?! I do not even recognize myself anymore.  I bet you would never guess that I spend my days listening to Boys II Men and making pinkish marshmallows? 


I have avoided making marshmallows at home for years. I have eaten homemade ones on many occasions (made by others obviously) and they are the bomb, but for whatever reason I have always thought of them as being too fussy and messy to make at home with three kids under foot. 

Clearly I was misinformed, they are not fussy at all. In fact they are so easy to make it is not even funny. But messy? Yes, yes they are messy. I think most normal people could make them at home without spreading cornstarch and powdered sugar all over the kitchen. I also think most normal people are capable of turning the mixer on low to ensure hot burning  liquid sugar does not splatter all over the place. 


I am not normal though. I did those things, which did equal a sticky disaster of a kitchen. So If you are fairly confident in the kitchen, and capable of following directions, these mallows are easy as pie. Or maybe that is not a good comparison since so many are not capable of baking pies. But do not fret, even if you can not bake a pie, I think you can make these. Just don't be a hot mess in the kitchen... like me.


I adapted this recipe from a fairly well known candy recipe floating around on the internet, I made some strawberry puree ( you can use whatever berry you would like) and instead of using corn syrup I used maple syrup for no other reason than the fact that I never have corn syrup on hand. Here in New England we sweeten all things with maple syrup.


Maple Berry Marshmallows
Recipe adapted from about.com
Ingredients: 

1 1/4 cups water, divided
1/2 cup fresh berry puree ( I used strawberry, if you do not like seeds, press through a fine sieve before using)
4 envelopes plain gelatin
3 cups granulated sugar
1 1/4 cups pure maple syrup ( I used grade B) 
1/3 cup powdered sugar
1/3 cup cornstarch
Non-stick cooking spray ( I use a coconut spray found a Trader Joe's) 

Directions:

Line a 9x13 baking dish with aluminum foil and spray generously with non-stick cooking spray. 

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, add half of the water and berry puree with the 4 packets of gelatin. Whisk gently just until the gelatin is mixed in evenly with the water and puree. Allow to sit for at least 5 minutes. 

Meanwhile, add remaining water, granulated sugar and maple syrup to a sauce pan and bring to a low boil stirring occasionally. 

Once the sugar has completely dissolved, remove from heat. 

Turn the electric mixer on low speed and slowly whisk in the hot maple and sugar mixture. 

Once the entire mixture has been added, slowly turn your mixer to high. Careful not to do it too fast and splatter hot liquids. (Remember, do not be a hot mess like me!) 

Allow the marshmallow to whip on high speed for about 10 minutes or until it has stiffened and become shiny. 

Pour marshmallow into your prepared baking dish and allow to sit at room temperature for at least 4 hours, if not overnight. 

To cut the marshmallows, sift powdered sugar and corn starch together onto a clean workspace, evenly coating the surface(I use my kitchen counter.)  Reserve some of the sugar and starch for the top of the mallows and your knife. 

Turn pan upside down onto the coated work space and carefully peel foil off the bottom of the marshmallows. 

Dust the top of your marshmallows and a sharp knife with any remaining sugar and starch.  Cut into desired shapes. 

The marshmallow are best if eaten the same day, however they do last in an airtight container for up to one week. 

My friend Amy from Very Culinary is also posting fun Heart Shaped Marshmallow recipe on her blog today. You should go check it out... because one can never have too many mallows right?! 

Also for those of you in New England looking for a great tattoo artist, be sure to check out Jef Lessard at Top Shelf Tattoo Gallery in Manchester NH

13 comments:

  1. This is the best Carrie. First off, awesome new tatto! It looks hot :) And second omg lol about "So If you are fairly confident in the kitchen, and capable of following directions, these mallows are easy as pie." And third, I am in love with the fact that you used maple syrup instead of corn syrup and they came out so perfectly! Pinning the heck out of these :)

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    1. Thanks Katie! Yeah I was unsure if it work in place of the corn syrup, but I was pleasantly surprised at their perfection!

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  2. Awesome! Love all the real ingredients in here. I've been thinking of trying marshmallow but it seem waaay to difficult. Thanks for showing it's not! Pinned. And what a beautiful new tattoo. :-)

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  3. I absolutely love your version, along with the pictures, and the mess! Isn't it funny how we both took forever to make them...and then make them at the same time. You and I are like *this* Also? Your tattoo guy is crazy talented.

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  4. SO stunning! I've made marshmallows once and LOVED them

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  5. The photos in this post make me so happy! :) I have been dying to make marshmallows but, given our current kitchen situation, have had to wait. You're just egging me on now! ;) Lovely!

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  6. Yum! He's marshmallows looks delicious, I want to give the recipe a try sometime! As for your tattoo… Yeah, pretty hot and with the midsection like that you could have tattooed The giant unicorn on your midsection and it would've still looked hot - but the rose is obviously much cooler!

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  7. 1. I love that tattoo. I live vicariously through you and Hayley because I want a tattoo so bad but I'm super chicken.
    2. These photos are probably my favorite photos ever!

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  8. First, your new tattoo is HOT! I love it, and I love that you got a rose just for your man :)
    Second, yay! You made marshmallows! I'd love to substitute maple syrup for corn syrup next time I make them. I'm into it!

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  9. Yeah I think a motorcycle is the next natural step for you! Love these marshmallows. Maple syrup everything until I die!

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  10. Love your tattoo! - I have one tiny one and always wanted another one, but I am too much of a wuss now! I've always thought homemade Marshmallows were too much of a mess as well, but these look so amazing! Although cornstarch, sugar and everything else would be smeared and thrown all over my kitchen too if I made these - I'd probably be cleaning it off of things for months!

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  11. Homemade Marshmallows are indeed the bomb.com, oh and ps. I love your tattoo!

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