>Marshmallows for Toasting, and a Reminder to Vote

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The days are getting shorter, and the air has that distinct clarity to it that can only mean that Fall has arrived.  The temperature outside is growing cooler, so now’s the perfect time to build a fire in your outdoor fireplace, chimenea, or fire pit and toast marshmallows with the family. 
For a few years now, I’ve been making homemade marshmallows at the holidays, as a gift to accompany packets of cocoa, or just for my friends’ kids to enjoy.  They’re so easy to make that I decided this year that they’re not just for special occasions anymore.  
You really should try these – you’ll never go back to store-bought once you do.
Oh, yeah – today voting opens for round three of Project Food Blog.  Between 6AM Pacific time today, and 6 PM Pacific time on October 8, you can click on that widget over there to vote for me.  Here’s a link to my entry post for the competition, in case you missed it.

Now, onto that marshmallow recipe:

Ingredients
2 1/2 tablespoons powdered gelatin
1/2 cup water
1 1/2 cup sugar
1 cup corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Powdered sugar for dusting.

You do need a candy thermometer for this. And a stand mixer. Without these two kitchen implements, this would be a very daunting task. With them, it becomes a 20-30 minute operation.

  1. Begin by putting 2 1/2 tablespoons of powdered gelatin in the bowl of your stand mixer and pouring 1/2 cup cold water over it.
  2. Let this sit for 20 minutes while you work on your sugar mixture.
  3. Put 1.5 cups of sugar, 1 cup of corn syrup, 1/4 teaspoon of salt and 1/2 cup water in a heavy saucepan over medium heat. Stir until the sugar has dissolved. Brush down the sides of the pan with a wet pastry brush.
  4. Insert your candy thermometer and let cook without stirring, until it reaches the firm ball stage (244 degrees Fahrenheit).
  5. Once it reaches firm ball, remove it from the heat immediately and pour it into the mixer while it is on low speed. Increase the speed to high and let run for 15 minutes.
  6. Turn mixer off, add 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, and mix until incorporated.
  7. Prepare a baking pan – I used a half-sheet pan lined with foil – by generously coating it with powdered sugar.
  8. Pour the marshmallow mixture into the pan. Right now it looks like a big mess – don’t worry. Wet your hands generously and spread it out flat. Dust the top with more powdered sugar and let sit for an hour or overnight to dry.
  9. Using a heated knife (I just turned on one of the gas burners on my stove and ran my knife through the flame a couple of times) cut into squares.  Dust with more powdered sugar and store in a zip-top bag.

Enjoy!

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