stay puft, people
Since Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream and today we honor his legacy, I am thinking about his teachings that brought hope, courage, justice, and timeless values rooted in love.
...and also about a recipe that somewhat shares the quality of that bounce-back resilience Dr. King embodied; these mighty marshmallows:
Will and I recently whipped these up for the holiday season, but truly they are great to make year around...particularly during a week when we need to muster up that mightiness more than ever.
Though a sticky endeavor, what I love about these sweet treats is that they stay pretty dang fresh for quite a long while...like, months in a properly sealed container.
Also, I appreciate their versatility: they taste great in hot cocoa, melted on a warm brownie, atop sweet potatoes, nestled within graham crackers & chocolate...and really, just on their own.
The Mighty Marshmallow Recipe:
· 1 cup cold water, divided
· 2 1/4-ounce packages unflavored gelatin
· 2 cups sugar (granulated)
· 2/3 cup light corn syrup
· 1/4 teaspoon salt
· 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
· 1 cup powdered sugar (this will be for coating the pan & dusting atop the marshmallows)
· Toppings options: sprinkles, crushed oreos and/or crushed peppermint candies
· Additional baking tools: stand mixer fit with whisk attachment, pan (15'' x 10'' but smaller will work too), spatula, measuring cups, parchment paper, candy thermometer (optional)
1.) Pour 1/2 cup cold water into the bowl of mixer. Pour the two gelatin packs over the cold water and let sit for about 10 minutes.
2.) In a medium saucepan over medium heat, bring sugar, corn syrup, salt and the remaining cold water to a boil. Stir to dissolve the sugar. If available, attach a candy thermometer to the side of the pan and bring mixture up to 240 degrees F (no worries if you don't have one of these; we just waited until it got really hot). There’s no need to stir the mixture, this is all about just creating some heat.
3.) When the sugar is heated to 240'ish degrees F/really hot, turn the mixer with the gelatin and water on low speed. Very gently pour the hot sugar mixture into the bowl as the whisk churns (do NOT pour too fast; you do NOT want the the hot sugar on sides of the bowl).
4.) Start to gradually increase the speed of the mixer until you've added all of the hot sugary mix; beat on high for 6-8 minutes.
5.) Pour in vanilla extract; beat for another 2 minutes
6.) Now the marshmallow mix is ready to be set. Tear a piece of parchment paper and lay within a pan. Pour the marshmallow mix into pan (we also used tupperware containers since we were making in bulk); spread & smooth with a clean, wet spatula to prevent sticking.
7.) Top with some crunch: either sprinkles or cookie crumbles or crunched up peppermint candies. Then, add a dusting of powdered sugar and let set for at least 3 hours.
8.) Once set, remove marshmallow "slab" from the pan and place on a large cutting board coated with powdered sugar. Use a large knife coated with non-stick spray to slice (coat the knife blade in a bit of powdered sugar if it begins to stick to the marshmallows during slicing)
Okay so these marshmallows might not be as revolutionary as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., but even through the gooeyness, the outcome is one of love and fluffed to inflate a dream-big-kinda perspective.
Have a great week & stay puft, people.
“If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.” - Dr Martin Luther King, Jr.