No kidding? What they won't think of next...
It all started with a garage sale. I found an ancient candy thermometer for $5, and the woman insisted that it still worked. I've been wanting one forever, and figured that for $5, it was worth a shot.
What did you do when you were a kid and got a new toy?
You played with it of course!
|I was like a kid in a candy store when I found this. Har har. Photo by my 3 year old. Tops of heads are overrated!|
Alana's recipe in The Homemade Pantry calls for white sugar and Lyles Golden Syrup (which is crazy spendy and hard to find in podunk, WA), but I thought that perhaps I could replace both with honey. I aimed to find out. The recipe below is inspired by the one from The Homemade Pantry, with tweaks by me.
2/3 cup + 1/2 cup of water
1 & 1/4 cup of honey
1/8 tsp salt
6 tblsp of unflavored gelatin (that is the equivalent to 3 small packets. I buy mine in bulk)
2 tsp of vanilla (try homemade)
1) Put 2/3 cup of water in a pan, add the honey, and salt, and cook without stirring until the temp reaches 230 degrees (the original recipe said 250, but I couldn't get the honey to go up that high).
|The candy therm came with a clip, but it doesn't work with my pan edges, hence the ghetto chip clip.|
3) With the mixer on low, slowly pour the hot liquid mixture in and mix until the pan is empty. Add your vanilla.
|Super safe to pour 230 degree liquid with your left hand while taking a photo! (insert fart noise here)|
|After 2 minutes|
|After 4 minutes|
|After 6 minutes|
|After 8 minutes|
|After 10 minutes|
6) After at least 12 hours, cut through the "brick" to create your individual marshmallows. I found that using kitchen shears was the easiest for this. An alternative would be to let your toddler stab it to death with their knife.
|"What's in the box man? What's in the box"?|
These were delicious, and so much richer tasting than store bought marshmallows. Troy said they weren't nearly as sweet as premade ones, but I thought they were little pillows of perfection. Much like my breasts prior to two years of breastfeeding.
I've shared this over at Monday Mania and Fat Tuesday