Groundhog day, Puxatony Phil sees his shadow, promising six more weeks of winter. Ironically, it begins to snow today - something we haven't been accustomed to this winter.
Good thing I have these festive marshmallows to dump into hot chocolate while I continue to snuggle two sick girls and get nothing else accomplished.
Pinterest fueled my desire to try homemade marshmallows - I finally got around to it last fall, and continued experimenting yesterday. Yesterday nearly killed my KitchenAid.
I used to give Jimmy such a hard time for his love for Alton Brown, but the man knows his stuff. I have grown used to his quirkiness and embraced his knowledge for various recipes - I have never been disappointed.
He explains marshmallows in a video and easy to follow recipe here. You will never buy marshmallows again!
Daring to be different, I replaced the vanilla with peppermint extract...and things got a little tricky. This stuff is seriously sticky. I sprayed nonstick spray on my hands and found that to be the best way to spread the marshmallows into my prepared pan. Because I wanted them to be a swirly festive pink for Valentine's Day, I didn't add the food coloring in the mixer. I used my hands and barely kneaded it before pressing down evenly.
After they sat for several hours, I cut them into heart shapes.
Peppermint marshmallows = serious love
Heart-shaped peppermint marshmallow = irresistible
My kitchen = not suitable for company
You can bet I'll be trying s'mores with these. Chocolate and peppermint can do no wrong in my eyes.
Just as I imagined.