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!


Smores on a Stick!

Posted in Chocolate,Marshmallows by nora on December 19, 2009

If you are like most people, you’re probably wondering; how else do you make a S’more? I got this idea from gimmesomeoven.com . This S’more is completely on the stick, graham cracker and all! Watch out for the sharp point!                                                                               

You will need:

  • 1 bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips (or dark chocolate if you like)
  • 1 bag of large marshmallows
  • 1 package (not box!) of graham crackers, you can use crumbled candy canes for a more festive look
  • wood skewers (I used skewers because I couldn’t find popsicle sticks)

How to make them:

Melt the bag of chocolate chips, add shortening if it’s too thick for you. Put the grahMake sure the marshmallow dosen't fall of tha stick!am crackers in a plastic bag and crumble them till they are tiny bits with no giant chunks. Pour the graham crackers into a plate and place that next to the chocolate (this would be the time to crumble the candy canes if you are doing those). Skewer the marshmallows on the skewers and dip them into the chocolate, making sure to cover the top as well. Roll the marshmallows in the graham crackers covering the bottom as well. Do this until  you have finished the last marshmallow. Set these in the freezer or any where cold to let them set. Wait an hour or so, then enjoy!