Friday, May 24, 2013

Strawberry Shortcake Marshmallows!

All I have to say is Wow! These are amazing! 
I only wanted a taste so I could describe them for my post. So..I take a bite, and I could barely stop myself..from eating the entire thing. Really, they are that good. My favorite cookbook ( for 3 years running) is Eileen Talanian's Marshmallows~Homemade Gourmet Treats. These Strawberry Marshmallows are a slight variation of her recipe. Down here in Georgia, we are just about at the end of our strawberry season, so I am taking advantage and using delicious, fresh berries. You can also use frozen unsweetened berries.
 Rinse, hull and slice a 16 ounce container of strawberries.
Puree the strawberries. I used my NutriBullet. You can also use a blender or food processor. 
For the *bloom*, stir the unflavored gelatin into the puree. Make sure you get all the lumps out.
 Combine base ingredients in a heavy 6 quart saucepan.

Instead of water, I used this yummy Berry Boost. 
Mmm..intense berry scent!
 These gave off some serious steam..
Once candy reaches 236.5 degrees, remove thermometer, take pan off heat and stir in the bloom.
Slowly pour mixture into mixer (fitted with wire whisk) on low speed. 
Then turn to high mixing a total of 10 minutes.
So lovely.

Strawberry Marshmallows Recipe  
(adapted from Eileen Talanian's recipe)

4 tablespoons unflavored gelatin
1 1/4 cups pureed strawberries

2/3 cup pureed strawberries
1 1/4 cups light corn syrup
2 cups granulated sugar
pinch salt

Prepare a pan with non stick cooking spray. Wipe out excess with a paper towel.
Prepare bloom by stirring unflavored gelatin into pureed berries, making sure to leave no lumps. Set aside.
Place a pastry brush in a cup of warm water.
 (You will use this to wash down sides of pan and dissolve any sugar crystals later) 
Clip a candy thermometer on pan making sure it doesn't touch the bottom.
 Combine all base ingredients in a heavy 6 quart saucepan on medium heat. Stir constantly with a wooden spoon till mixture comes to a boil. With pastry brush, wash down any crystals that have formed on the sides of pan. Do not stir once you've done this. Continue boiling until mixture reaches 236.5 degrees Fahrenheit. Remove thermometer, take pan off heat and stir in bloom. Slowly pour hot mixture into mixer fitted with wire whisk on low speed. Turn mixer on high speed and mix for 10 minutes.
Pour marshmallow batter into prepared pan and let cure @ least 4 hours to overnight. 
See photo below.
To turn these delicious marshmallows into a decadent dessert, top with whipped cream, fresh strawberries and pureed strawberries. You won't be sorry!
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Saturday, May 11, 2013

Brown Rim Cookies

~Cookies for My Mom~
I love Mother's Day! To me it's a pretty pink and green kind of day..and of course we can't forget the sweets. I made some for my awesome Momma! God has blessed me with several wonderful Moms in my life. My own..I love you Mom! My daughter Stephanie (best daughter ever!). Sisters Donna, Kim, Chrissy and Sherri. My mother-in-law Faye. My Aunt Anna Maye. I love you all! Two of the sweetest and most beautiful grandmothers ever are already in Heaven..Grandma, who made many a sweets in her day. And MeMaw, my Mom's Mom. She made lots of sugary treats as Mom was growing up. I wanted to bring her back a little taste of the "good old days". Yay! She liked them. Mission Accomplished! They're nostalgic and tasty sans the cute.
 But, I made cute last Mother's day with these and these!
 I snapped this photo from my homemade cookbook. My sweet baby sister Sherri has put together several family recipe cookbooks for us over the years. She's awesome like that.
In mixer bowl, combine Crisco, salt..
..and vanilla. Beat these three ingredients together.
Add sugar and eggs mixing thoroughly. I just love the pretty yellow color..
 After you've mixed in the flour, grease a baking sheet. I used butter flavored Crisco.

Mom says Memaw really flattened out these little cookies! 
I don't know how long this recipe has been around..but at least since the 1940s!
 Thanks for the memories MeMaw!
Happy Mother's Day