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Two Peas and Their Pod: Homemade Smore's

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Homemade Smore's

We made homemade graham crackers awhile ago and loved them. So we knew we had to try homemade marshmallows too! We thought it would be fun to give out homemade Smore's for a special holiday treat!

I assumed the marshmallows would be challenging, but I promise, they are so easy and fun to make! You do need a candy thermometer and a Ki
tchenaid mixer. You have to mix the marshmallows for about 15 minutes. Our mixer got a great workout! I felt bad for her, but she did a wonderful job!!

The marshmallows really fluff up! Once you are done mixing, you spread the gooey marshmallows in a pan and let them sit out over night. See, not hard at all. You sleep while the marshmallows do the work:)

In the morning, we dusted them with powdered sugar and cut them into little squares. One bite and I was sold. Homemade marshmallows are the BEST!!

Now onto the graham crackers. We made them in the shape of Christmas trees and dipped them in chocolate! We put a couple cracker
s and mallows in a festive bag for our friends!

The homemade Smore's turned out really cute! If you haven't decided on what goodies you are baking this year, add these to the list! They were a huge hit!

Homemade Marshmallows

Adapted from Alton Brown

3 packages unflavored gelatin
1 cup ice cold water, divided
12 ounces granulated sugar, approximately 1 1/2 cups
1 cup light corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
Nonstick spray

Place the gelatin into the bowl of a stand mixer along with 1/2 cup of the water. Have the whisk attachment standing by.

In a small saucepan combine the remaining 1/2 cup water, granulated sugar, corn syrup and salt. Place over medium high heat, cover and allow to cook for 3 to 4 minutes. Uncover, clip a candy thermometer onto the side of the pan and continue to cook until the mixture reaches 240 degrees F, approximately 7 to 8 minutes. Once the mixture reaches this temperature, immediately remove from the heat.

Turn the mixer on low speed and, while running, slowly pour the sugar syrup down the side of the bowl into the gelatin mixture. Once you have added all of the syrup, increase the speed to high. Continue to whip until the mixture becomes very thick and is lukewarm, approximately 12 to 15 minutes. Add the vanilla during the last minute of whipping. While the mixture is whipping prepare the pans as follows.

Combine the confectioners' sugar and cornstarch in a small bowl. Lightly spray a 13 by 9-inch metal baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. Add the sugar and cornstarch mixture and move around to completely coat the bottom and sides of the pan. Return the remaining mixture to the bowl for later use.

When ready, pour the mixture into the prepared pan, using a lightly oiled spatula for spreading evenly into the pan. Dust the top with enough of the remaining sugar and cornstarch mixture to lightly cover. Reserve the rest for later. Allow the marshmallows to sit uncovered for at least 4 hours and up to overnight.

Turn the marshmallows out onto a cutting board and cut into 1-inch squares using a pizza wheel dusted with the confectioners' sugar mixture. Once cut, lightly dust all sides of each marshmallow with the remaining mixture, using additional if necessary. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 weeks.

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Blogger Balance, Joy and Delicias! said...

woooooooo...... I'm so jealous of you ( who can bake everyday!!!!) and I'm jealous of your family/friends who will receive these goodies!!!

6:03 AM  
Blogger Erica said...

Those look so good! What a great holiday gift! Love the tree graham crackers too! I want to try this! Once I get my mixer back!

6:07 AM  
Blogger Kirsten said...

Oh my gosh, how cute!

6:07 AM  
Blogger Cathy said...

Oh, so beautiful! Some lucky recipient is going to be thrilled! I love smores with store-bought ingredients, so I actually can't really even get my little brain around how amazing yoru homemade ones must be!

6:09 AM  
Blogger Barbara Bakes said...

What a beautiful holiday gift! They look so yummmy!

6:11 AM  
Blogger Darius T. Williams said...

There's nothing like a great homemade marshmallow - these look good.

6:24 AM  
Blogger April said...

What a great idea! A great gift!

6:26 AM  
Blogger Culinary Wannabe said...

What precious little packages! Great idea.

6:26 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

love that they were tree-shaped :):) i asked for a candy thermometer for xmas, so i hope to be trying out marshmallows soon!

6:53 AM  
Blogger Cristine said...

Too cute! Looks yummy!

6:53 AM  
Blogger Leslie said...

YUMMO.there is nothing better than a homemade gift!

6:56 AM  
Blogger Bunny said...

I need to make homemade marshmallows they look so darn good! What a great idea for the smore's, Christmas Tree graham crackers!!

6:58 AM  
Blogger Mary Ann said...

How cute! This is the perfect holiday gift. They look so cute all tied up in those holiday bags!

7:13 AM  
Blogger Meg said...

These are awesome! I am so impressed. What a fabulous gift to give family and friends!

7:29 AM  
Blogger ChrisBCrazy said...

wow you are amazing! i wish i had half your talent!

8:15 AM  
Blogger vanillasugarblog said...

ok now that is a great gift to give out to family & friends!
I am so amazed at how much you cook/bake. Pretty soon we have to look into getting you & your hubby your own cooking show! Seriously!

8:25 AM  
Blogger Finla said...

Wow these look so beautiful and delcioius.
If i wa sin your place i would have atleast grabed one bad for me :-)

8:43 AM  
Blogger Katherine Roberts Aucoin said...

Great idea and gifts!

9:18 AM  
Blogger LizNoVeggieGirl said...

Nostalgia alert!! :-)

9:19 AM  
Blogger Pam said...

You two are so darn clever! Those are the cutest smores ever. Great recipe.

9:57 AM  
Blogger mattbeatty said...

Them's some beautiful marshmallows. I love the first picture.

I think I've said it before, but I really want to make marshmallows using marsh mallow root. I have some at home. I have an idea of the recipe but nothing concrete--it's a hard one to find!

You guys are the craftiest.

10:30 AM  
Blogger Allie said...

I love home made marshmallows, I made them last year and fell in love with Martha Stewarts recipe! Cute idea making the smore's!

10:54 AM  
Blogger Katy said...

i've made marshamllows, but graham crackers are still on my list! i'm so intrigued, though -- they sound awesome!

11:34 AM  
Blogger Peter M said...

Now all you need is a toasty fireplace and I need a new candy thermometer...precision candy!

1:30 PM  
Blogger Calamity Cookie said...

Great gift idea! I knew I should have asked Santa for a candy thermometer and a kitchen mixer, oh well:(

1:43 PM  
Blogger NKP said...

Oh, they are just too cute! I want to be on your family Christmas list! You make the most wonderful treats. Now that I have seen a couple of people make marshmallows, I might give it a shot in the new year.

2:02 PM  
Blogger Katrina said...

Awesome! Love that these are totally creative and look so yummy and I'm still going to make the homemade graham crackers--soon! Now, I'll probably have to include the schmallows, too!

2:46 PM  
Blogger Lori said...

These look amazing. Bravo for you. A ot of work but the end result looks so yummy.

2:48 PM  
Blogger BitterSweet said...

Homemade marshmallows = one of the best gifts ever, if you ask me. I just wish it were easier to make them vegan.

4:47 PM  
Blogger Mary Bergfeld said...

What a fun thing to make. Really, really cute and a great holiday gift.

5:10 PM  
Blogger jesse said...

YUM. Those have got to be the most scrumptious looking smores I have ever come across! How about sending some this way...? ;)

6:34 PM  
Blogger starfish said...

Those are adorable!!!

7:17 PM  
Blogger Sara said...

LOVE s'mores, and I love homemade marshmallows, they're so fun!

8:09 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Soooo cute! This is a great idea.

8:13 PM  
Blogger Emily said...

Yeah! What a gift! I'm so jealous!
These look scumptious.

2:07 AM  
Blogger Cakelaw said...

Awww - these are so cute. And very creative! I am sure that your firends were very pleased to receive these.

2:20 AM  
Blogger Pamela said...

These are adorable! What a great gift idea.

7:34 PM  
Blogger grace said...

what a stellar gift. my co-workers (none of them bakers AT ALL) would probably be completely baffled by the idea of making marshmallows and graham crackers from scratch.
so...when are making your own chocolate? :)

5:57 AM  
Blogger Megan said...

I've made marshmeows before and they are the best! I've always wanted to make graham crackers but never thought to make them in shapes! Love the packaging! A perfect little holiday gift!

6:17 AM  
Blogger Manggy said...

Beeeyoootiful! Best reason to make homemade graham crackers! Best s'mores ever. Unfortunately I don't have a KitchenAid... (Santa are you listening?) :P

7:19 PM  
Blogger Sara said...

This is such a cute idea!! I might have to hi-jack this idea for some of my friends. I've never made homemade marshmallows, but they sound easy enough.

12:16 PM  
Blogger Live.Love.Eat said...

Oh my goodness you have been busy and I have been slacking and now I am playing catch up. These look incredible!!!!!

12:35 PM  

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