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Friday, December 9, 2011

Homemade Peppermint Marshmallows

Well I couldn't resist making these treats for my kids to put in their cocoa its tradition around here to make these every year.These are so easy to make and even more fun to eat!
Ingredients:
1)vegetable oil cooking spray
2)2 cups sugar
3)4pkgs unflavored gelatin{1/4 oz each}
4)1 tsp peppermint extract
5)2 large egg whites
6)1tsp red food coloring,1tsp green food coloring
1)coat a 9 by 13 inch baking pan with cooking spray set aside.In a saucepan put sugar, and corn syrup and 3/4 cups water. Cook over medium heat stirring constantly till boiling raise heat to med-high cook for about 15 minutes or till syrup registers 260degrees on a candy thermometer.
2)Meanwhile sprinkle gelatin over 3/4 cup water in a heatproof bowl,let stand to soften 5 minutes.Set the bowl over a pan of simmering water whisking constantly till dissolved.Stir in peppermint extract,set aside.
3)Beat egg whites in a bowl with the whisk attachment until stiff peaks form.Whisk gelatin mixture into sugar mixture with mixer running,gradually add to egg whites.Mix on high speed till very thick 12-15 minutes.
4)Pour mixture into pan working quickly,drop dots of food coloring across surface of marshmallows.Using a toothpick swirl food coloring into marshmallows to get a marbleized look.Let stand at room temp to firm up 3 hours or overnight.Cut into squares.

Waiting for Snow~

Its now the 9th of December up here in the great white north with one exception,no snow yet.This is very odd for this time of the year and try as I might I just cant seem to get in the holiday mood.Oh Ive trimmed the tree and decked the halls and the stockings are all hung on my new homemade mantel with care,but somethings missing....
Even our beloved dog Jack has got his holiday groove on....
You see he really is taking this all quite seriously but hes not fooling me because theres nothing he would like better than to frolic in some fresh white powder!
I'm sure I will be taking all this back after I've shovelled the driveway for the umpteenth time or when the snowplow plows me in with 3 foot of snow at the end of my freshly shovelled driveway and then they drive away snickering.But for now it would be so nice to see a bit of the white stuff blanketing my green leafy lawn and making those outdoor lights twinkle and sparkle as the snow gently falls..........
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