Saturday, February 5, 2011

Peppermint Happiness...

Hey K2 Kanakuk Gals,
Well, I realize Christmas is come and gone but these little deliciouos mallows were given to us by a dear friend and they were just amazing! I figured with it being February (ya know...Valentines) that you could make them for that too. So it's that time to grab your mom, little sister, best friend, daddio, or whoever you want and put on your Martha Stewart mask...please don't really put on a Martha mask as that would be rather creepy. Get ready for deliciousness explosion in your mouth!

Candy-Cane Marshmallows

Give out homemade treats that are great in hot cocoa -- or straight from the bag. Peppermint marshmallows are easy to make; they get their red swirl from a quick marbleizing technique. Follow our recipe, then package them in small cellophane bags to show off their good looks. Fold the top of each bag over once, and staple it shut. Use a small hole punch on either side of the staple. Thread a length of red twine through the holes, and knot it in front. Pull one end through a gift tag, and finish with a bow.

Makes sixteen 2-inch squares.

Vegetable-oil cooking spray
2 cups sugar
1 tablespoon light corn syrup
4 packages (1/4 ounce each) unflavored gelatin
3/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
2 large egg whites
2 teaspoons red food coloring
1.Coat an 8-inch square pan with cooking spray; line bottom with parchment paper. Coat the parchment with cooking spray, and set pan aside. Put sugar, corn syrup, and 3/4 cup water in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring, until sugar is dissolved. Stop stirring; let mixture come to a boil. Raise heat to medium-high; cook until mixture registers 260 degrees on a candy thermometer.
2.Meanwhile, sprinkle gelatin over 3/4 cup water in a heatproof bowl; let stand 5 minutes to soften. Set the bowl with the gelatin mixture over a pan of simmering water; whisk constantly until gelatin is dissolved. Remove from heat, and stir in extract; set aside.
3.Beat egg whites in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment until stiff (but not dry) peaks form. Whisk gelatin mixture into sugar mixture; with mixer running, gradually add to egg whites. Mix on high speed until very thick, 12 to 15 minutes.
4.Pour mixture into lined pan. Working quickly, drop dots of red food coloring across surface of marshmallow. Using a toothpick, swirl food coloring into marshmallow to create a marbleized effect. Let marshmallow stand, uncovered, at room temperature until firm, at least 3 hours or overnight. Cut into squares.

Be Awesome & Love Jesus,
kanakuk ashley robbins /


jrob said...

ashley, these look delicious and so fun! what a very fun activity! love ya, and hope all's well with the fam! jrob

Ashley Robbins said...

jrob...hey stranger!!! you must make these yummys for all you kamp girls in dallas then sit around and talk about how all of you can get back to kamp this summer...I know I'm living in a dream world!

Lisa said...

Your marshmallows look so gourmet and that peppermint flavor sounds fantastic. I would love some of those for my cocoa. I have a sweet treat linky party going on at my blog right now called "Sweets for a Saturday" and I'd like to invite you to stop by and link your delicious marshmallows up.