12/15/13

Video Attempt: Peppermint Marshmallows

First of all, let me say thank you so much for all of the sweet comments you left on the last post. It really made the week so much better for me.

Secondly (and lastly), happy holidays! Please have some holiday-inspired cocktails for me. Thanks!

Peppermint Marshmallows adapted from Bon Appétit
Vegetable oil
½ cup powdered sugar, divided, plus more for dusting
½ ounce unflavored powdered gelatin
2 large egg whites
2 cups sugar
3/4 teaspoon peppermint extract*
red food coloring

*If peppermint doesn't sound good to you, you can substitute with other flavorings. Obviously, there's vanilla extract, but you could go for orange or almond or coffee or whatever you want!

Lightly coat a 13x9” baking pan with oil and sprinkle with ¼ cup powdered sugar. 

Combine gelatin and ½ cup cold water in a small bowl. Let stand until gelatin has softened, 10–15 minutes.

Using an electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat egg whites until soft peaks form, about 3 minutes.

Meanwhile, fit a medium heavy saucepan with a candy thermometer. Bring sugar and ½ cup water to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring to dissolve sugar and brushing down sides with a wet pastry brush. Boil sugar mixture, without stirring, until thermometer registers 250°, 8–10 minutes. Remove 
from heat and add gelatin mixture, stirring until dissolved.

With mixer running, drizzle hot sugar mixture down side of bowl into egg whites; add peppermint extract increase speed to high, and beat until mixture has cooled slightly and tripled in volume, 5–7 minutes. Spread marshmallow mixture into prepared pan. Working quickly, drop a few drops of the red food coloring on top of the mixture and using a fork, mix to create peppermint-like swirls.

Let cool at least 4 hours or overnight.

Dust tops of marshmallow with remaining ¼ cup powdered sugar. Turn out of pan and cut into 1” pieces; dust with more powdered sugar.
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11 comments:

  1. Drinking hot chocolate with four or these in it and I'm very happy. xoxo

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  2. these look fantastic! yeah, they make a great gift, but the world should recognize that your real act of charity is giving away your Weck jars.

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  3. Taking winter s'mores to the next level!

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  4. I know this is a food blog, BUT I'm excited to get the news of your baby. After your baby is born, you guys will wonder (a) why you waited so long, and (b) how you lived without your baby. And you can totally food-baby blog. I put my baby in the kitchen and tell him what I'm doing. He just coos and looks at the cupboards.

    Megan

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  5. Great video...again. And cool gift idea! I can't wait to see that Weck jar full of peppermint marshmallows on our doorstep in Florence! Hopefully you included some extra rubber rings with it too, because those things always stretch out after a while. So ANNOYING!!!

    Love
    Adam

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    1. Thanks, Adam! But what's annoying is going on a honeymoon to Vietnam and Cambodia during the window in which I will be giving birth!! :( :(

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  6. Great video. You could add food coloring to make them even more festive. I hope you have a healthy pregnancy and an easy delivery. By the way, my 2nd oldest is a film student at Tisch! He loves it there.

    Happy holidays!
    Mark

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  7. YUM! I always thought making marshmallows would be a sticky, giant mess, but these actually look doable. Also, I'm sorry about all of your loss lately. Before you know it, your house will be filled with the sounds and scents and softness of a newborn. I hope that makes the sorrow a little sweeter and easier to bear. xoxo

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    1. Thanks so much, Jen! And I hope so too. xox

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  8. The marshmallows are beautiful and we will take your advice and have an extra holday-inspired cocktail for you!

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  9. That salad is stunning. This site ought to win a photography award!

    That said, I'd like to see a post someday on food that's perfect for eating when you're too depressed to eat. Could be fun.

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Thanks for your thoughts!