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Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Pink Peppermint Marshmallows

One of these days I'll learn to keep better track of my recipes....

I made lovely homemade marshmallows over Christmas for our Hot Chocolate Party. Apparently I didn't save the recipe from my computer. This only makes a frustrating experience more frustrating. See, I decided to make the marshmallows after watching Tyler Florence make them on a holiday Christmas special. I dutifully recorded the episode and watched his segment again and again, of course writing down all the ingredients and steps to making them. Imagine my dismay when I checked the recipe on Food TV only to find that the published version was entirely different!

I made marshmallows according to Tyler's instructions. They turned out OK. I made them according to the published recipe. They were great. I made them a couple of more times, always good. I had decided that I might try them with a little less gelatin, however. But of course all I had at Christmas was a list of ingredients and a few scratchings pretending to be instructions on a scrap paper. Who knows where that is now?!?

Well, I decided for my chocolate class I'd make Pink Peppermint Marshmallows to dip in chocolate! So, since I can't find my scratchings, I looked up the marshmallow recipe again on Food TV's website. Alas, they changed the recipe! They even noted some of the changes. I was pleased - since they adjusted the amount of gelatin called for in just the way I was thinking I'd try it. Unfortunately, the amount of water seemed to be double what I remembered - but of course I can't verify that without my scratchings. Aaaaarrrrgggghhh! What could I do but make the marshmallows according to my new recipe?

Tomorrow will tell how they turn out. I predict that I'll want to make them again with 1 cup of water instead of two.

Know what I learned? I NEED TO PAY ATTENTION TO THE GREAT COOKING SPIRIT! I should've followed my instincts.....

Tomorrow I'll let you know how they turn out.


Oh, and here's a sneak preview at a packaging idea I'm working on...


Blogger Julie Q. said...

Did you seriously make those boxes? Gorgeous!

I never lose my recipes scratched out on random pieces of paper and stored in the paper wasateland that accumulates on my kitchen counter until I get so frustrated that I throw most of it away and then realize later I was overzealous but it's too late and now I have to track down another version of the recipe only it won't be the same and I'll vow to get organized or die trying. Ever.

1/26/2007 5:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your marshmallow episode reminded me of a recipe we sent to our son, Scott, on his mission in Spain. He loved to get up early on P-day and cook. He had asked for a marshmallow recipe along with several others so we sent a marshmallow recipe along with the others. We forgot to label it but he thought it would be fun to go ahead and follow an untitled recipe and see what turned out. As he was stirring the mixture, he had one of those "aha" moments when he said "I wonder what this is. It looks a lot like melted marshmallows."

2/06/2007 11:02 AM  

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