Just Desserts

Home-made Marshmallows!!

Posted in Marshmallows by nora on January 17, 2010

I know most marshmallows are hard to make, but these are suprisingly easy! These go great in hot chocolate, by a campfire, or just plain! Got this from www.visionsofsugarplum.com (also good for blackmailing little brothers into saying please)

You will need:

  • butter and confectioners sugar
  • 2 tablespoons gelatine
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup boiling water ( 2 min. in the microwave works too)
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

What you do:

Take an 8×8 baking pan, butter, line with wax paper, and butter and dust lightly with confectioners sugar. Add the gelatin and cold water in a mixer. Let dissolve.

In a large saucepan, add boiling water (must be boiling before added), granulated sugar, and salt. Whisk over medium-high heat until boiling. Cook over heat (WITHOUT stirring!) for 15-20 min.

 Slowly pour syrup into the disolved gelatin and add vanilla extract. Beat for 20 min. on medium setting, or until cool and thick.

Butter a spatula and pour mixture into the pan. Freeze the marshmallow overnight.

Pull the wax paper out of the pan and cut marshmallow with a buttered and sugared knife. It helps to add confectioners sugar to the top of the marshmallow. Roll the marshmallows in confectioners sugar until they aren’t sticky. Enjoy!


Hot Cocoa

Posted in Chocolate by nora on January 8, 2010

 Since it’s snowing, a good cup of hot cocoa can help a lot to warm frozen fingers. Be sure to cut up the chocolate chips very well or else they stick to the bottom of the cup. Makes about 20 servings.

What you need:

  • 3 cups nonfat dry milk
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups Dutch-processed cocoa powder
  • 1-1/2 cups white chocolate chips
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

What you do:
Combine ingredients in large bowl. Working in two batches, pulse ingredients in food processor until chocolate is finely ground. Store in airtight container for up to 3 months. To make hot cocoa, stir 1/3 cup of this mix into 1 cup of hot milk. Top with whipped cream or marshmallows. (see Home-Made Marshmallows!!)