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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Culinary Thursday: Shmarshmallows!

Oh hai!  Ready?  I gots a great post today - we make'd shmarshmallows!  My mommeh's mommeh's birfday is on Hallyween, so we thought some orangey treats would be nice to send her in the mails.












 We begins wif some plain gelatin and ice water.  Mix it briefly in your big bowl, then leave it alone while you does the other stuffs.

Next you get your kitteh sized pot, and heat to a boil a mix of sugars, salts, ice waters, and light corn syrups.

Reduce the heat to the lowest you got, and let it simmer away for about 30 minutes, stirring every once in a while, until your thermometer reaches 245 degress.  Wowee, that's the hots!  Keep your furs away from this one, and let your mommeh halp you.

This is what it looks like when it is done.

 Now you has to pour it, verreh slowly, bit by bit, into your gelatin bowl WHILE you has your mixer going on low.  My kitteh sized pot has a pour spouty thingie, but yours may not, so I suggests ladling it into a pyrex measuring cup first.  The extra sticky dish is worth it so you don't burn yourself or drip it all over the place.  It is kinda hard to pour liquids from a pot to begin wif, and when you add the slow factor, you is in trubbles.

 
So this is what it looks like as you are mixing on low, immediately after it has all been incorporated.  Once it is all smooth and liquidy, get in front of the tv, turn the mixer up to medium-high, and prepare yourself to spend 15 minutes like that.

 As you can sees, it thickens up like crazy.  Make sure you move your mixer around slowwwwwwly or you might burn the motor out.  A hand mixer can't handle quick movements through this thick of a mixture.  During the last 3 minutes or so, adds some vanilla extract and your food coloring if you are using it.  I likes the plain white myself, but my mommeh insisted it be Hallyweeny orange.

 
 This is what you comes out wif.

Spray a disposable 13x9 pan wif cooking spray, and coat wif dusting mixture.  (Depends on your recipe, but many are just corn starch and powdery sugars.)  Make sure you taps it around in the pan, and dumps the extra, just like you would do if you was flouring a cake pan.

Scoops out all the shmarshmallowy goodness that you can wif a rubber spatula sprayed wif cooking spray.  You can not possibly gets every drop, so saves yourself the headache and do not try.  Spray a big flat utensil, preferably a wooden spoon, wif cooking spray, and spread the goodness out in the pan.

Looks like this now.  And do not freak about the way it looks.  You will never get it totally flat or smooth.  Just make sure it is all the same thickness, spreaded evenly.

Walk by for frequent sniffs, it is a great smell.  But uhhh, do not touch it yet.  MOL, I can tells you it is extremely stickeh at this point, and you will never recovers your furs if you puts a paw into it.

Leave it out uncovered for 1 hour.

Let your nosey little sis-ter has a sniff, if she must.

Sis-ters is annoying when you is trying to cooks.  Note my vexation face.

When the hour is up, there will be sort of a springy skin on top of the shmarshmallow.  If you touches it verreh lightly, nothing will come away on your fingers.  Paws.  Whichever you has.  So now you takes your dusting powder again, and dust all over the top.  Leaves it out uncovered overnight.

*Sniff-snuff!*  *Achoo!*

 The next day you is ready to starts the fun part.  Pop the shmarshmallow out of the pan.  This is why we used a disposable pan.  Sometimes it can be a little bit tricky to get out, and you does not want any trubbles there, so you can just peel the foil pan away if it argues wif you.

 Dust a pizza cutter or cookie cutters wif your dusting mix, and get to cutting!  You can does any shapes you like.  We was in the mood for plain squares/rectangles.  Oh by the way, this is the moment to taste test.  Steal one piece while nobuddy is looking.  But brace yourself.  You might just die.  It will be the BESTEST shmarshmallow you has ever hadded.

 
 We used chocolates, butterscotch chips, and graham cracker crumbs to decorate these.  If you is dipping in chocolates, remember to go slowwwwwly on this part.  Because of the dusting powder, the chocolate will  not stick if you just dip it quick. Takes your time, and it will has no problem clinging on to your shmarshmallow.

 
Ta-daaaaa!!!!! Totally nommy, huh?

 
 Lets those dry a few hours, then package up if you is making presents, or chow down!  These are the boxes we make'd to send down to my mommeh's mommeh.

Hope you enjoyed today's Culinary Thursday post about shmarshmallows!  It is some work, but amazingly yummeh when you is done.  And now for the announcement:
AttieCattie Shmarshmallow Kits!
Yep.
We is working on the demo kit right now, double checking the measurements and getting label and instructions printed, but soon we will post pik-shers of what it is and how to get it.  (Also, if you is feeling kinda lazy, you can also request we makes them for you.)  We is starting wif shmarshmallows, but will soon be offering a number of AttieCattie mixes, kits, and more!  This way you can cooks along wif me on Culinary Thursdays and take the culinary kitteh fun to a whole new level!

24 comments:

  1. That looks very delicious, Attie! I never knew you could make marshmellers at home. And the way you decorated them, they will make a very wonderful gift.

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  2. Wow! Our mom is utterly impressed, truly. We think the Culinary Kits are a pawsome idea.

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  3. I am VERY impressed! You are the Cat's Meow in the kitchen. What beautiful decorations too!

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  4. They sound really yummy. A little chocolate and my peeps will eat it all in one sitting.

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  5. Attie
    ***pawsome***
    We loved this and man oh man did it sound pawsitively deeelicious. Momma can't eat any sugars which makes her very sad, but we thought those were great presents!
    Your culinary kits sound like a fantastic idea!
    You Mom (and of course YOU) are great cooks.

    purrin
    xoxxo
    Abby

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  6. Oh, those look yummy! I think you activated my human's sweet tooth!

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  7. NOM!!!!!!! Wowza those look incredibly nommy. We think you have a really good idea with the disposable pan And you have a great idea with AttieCattie kits! No wonder your mom lets you on the counters, you're a kitchen wiz!

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  8. Yow! or should we say, Yum! The shmarshymellows you made for you mom's mom look pawsome and beautiful all boxed up! Your AttieCattie mix kit idea is great - Yow!

    -Pip, Smidgen, Minnie

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  9. Wow! That smarshmallow looks like a professional made it!! And it looks nommy!!!Attie, you are quite the snoopervisor!!

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  10. I don't know how you manage to keep your paws out of it! I think an Attie print in the middle would be a nice touch.

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  11. wow, mo sure is talented!
    Benny & Lily

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  12. Wow Attie-my-love!! You are SOOOOOOO clever!!! What a wonderful girlcat you are!! I wish I could do something so clever and tastey to win your love....do tell me your wishes!! I didn't know that it is possible to make Shmarshmellows at home...I will have to see if my Mom can help me, but she is so busy these days with THAT DOG that I doubt she will. I will just dream of yours instead. Your Mom is so nice to send some of your work to her Mom...I bet your Grandma likes that!! And the orange idea was really cool!! All we have is a pumkin and it is starting to look a bit like an old man..hahaha!! But we don't really have Halloween here so, oh well. You and BA are so beautiful...you won't need Halloween costumes..just be you. Purrs and more purrs, your Mancat, Lautrec (and Tiny sends greetings, too!)

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  13. Look in to selling on Etsy.com, just a thought from a bean with many fur babies.

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  14. Mommy is dribbling already. You will get an order from us FOR SURE!

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  15. WE are impressed! You are a very good baker! Those do look nommy, and they sorta have the coloring of salmon. Do they taste like salmon?
    --JB

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  16. Wow Attie, you are a better cook than my mum! She has never made anything like that!

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  17. My Human has soooooo much lazy she would never, never, never EVER be able to do all those steps! She would make the biggest mess you ever saw and there would be smarshmallows all over her, and even worse, all over ME and my beautiful black furs!

    But she has some green paypers and she might order some!!!

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  18. We didn't know marshmallows came from anywhere other than a store!!!!
    How are you enjoying the new kitchen? Mom thinks it looks big enough you could add an island of some kind to give more counter space if you need it. So cool to be in a new place!

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  19. Wow! Those look awesome! Can we get the actual recipe with all of the amounts and stuff?

    Happy Helloscreamz, everybuddy! s-s-srsly. muahahahahaha!

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  20. We bet those smarshmellows taste a squilion times better than the ones from the store. They make a really lovely and thoughtful gift too. Yum!

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  21. Wow! Orange smarshmellows.....we have never seen those before! They do look quite tasty!

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  22. What a great idea! Thank you for the demonstration!!! Great job, those look very yummy!

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