I kept thinking, “I can’t make homemade marshmallows – it’ll just be too hard!” Well, that ain’t the first time I’ve been wrong. Just in time to make homemade marshmallow Peeps for Easter, here you go…
So, we’re selling our homestead and that means, although we’re still living in our house, we’re pretending like we don’t live here. We don’t own a lot besides books but what we do own is boxed and out of the house. We have pillows and some pans and our school stuff but nothing that could be considered fluff. I was brutal with myself in the kitchen and packed most of my toys; I left out my Vitamix and my copy of From Scratch, let’s not get stupid. I certainly packed my KitchenAid because I can use my little hand mixer – the one that hasn’t been used since the KitchenAid came to live with us and started bossing around the other kitchen tools.
Do I need a mixer to make homemade marshmallows?
So, when my little ones all begged for an outdoor fire in our fire pit and when they also asked if we could finally make homemade marshmallows my first thought was that it would be so, so, so fun and goodness knows we could all do with some whimsy right about now! My next thought was, no way am I making marshmallows without my big mixer – I’ve got better things to do with my time than babysit marshmallow goo for twenty minutes!
You don’t necessarily NEED a standing mixer to make homemade marshmallows but you will need some kind of mixer as it’s the agitation that takes your goo and changes it into marshmallows. I like my standing mixer because I can turn it on and walk away to tend to bleeding knees or to help with building a fort. My awesome, amazing, never-complains-about-what-the-whimsy-costs-him-in-terms-of-labor husband dragged back out the KitchenAid, unpacked it and set it on the counter for us. After giving it a few conciliatory pats, I got to work gathering all the KitchenAid’s parts while the kiddos got out the few ingredients it takes to make homemade marshmallows.
How to make Homemade Marshmallows
I’m not going to recreate this recipe because I used Mommypotamus’s and it was fantastic and I really couldn’t improve on her recipes – duh. Just follow the link above and the instructions and you’ll be happy. Very happy. Kresha at Nourishing Joy has this recipe for Rhubarb and Rose Marshmallows – hello, so want to try those! If you want to get uber healthy and add probiotics when you make homemade marshmallows, just follow this link for Wellness Mama’s recipe. Jenny at Nourished Kitchen had making this recipe from The Polivka Family/Revived Kitchen on her to-do list and that has to be a good sign – PLUS that link will get you a recipe for homemade hot chocolate and whipped cream, too.
If you need a good graham cracker recipe, here you go from The Humbled Homemaker – its even egg, gluten and dairy free! There are a few tips I will share, though. As someone who likes to color outside the lines, doesn’t have a lot of patience with details and deep down thinks that recipes are for sissies I often flop in the kitchen. Turns out following the details of a recipe helps you achieve desired results – go figure. When you make homemade marshmallows please, please, please follow the instructions to the letter.
What you’ll need to make Homemade Marshmallows
You’re going to need – yes, need – parchment paper. Wax paper might work but don’t try Saran Wrap – why is that stuff still even in my cupboard?!! You’ll also need a candy thermometer. Now, my candy thermometers always end up in my candle making box despite the fact that I’ve bought several specifically to stay in the kitchen. I even wrote with Sharpie on one – DO NOT PUT IN CANDLE MAKING BOX. Where is it now? Yeah, covered in wax. Besides, my candle making stuff is packed. Fortunately for me, after burning 438 batches of cheese, I recently splurged and bought myself a digital thermometer with a heat sensor that beeps when it reaches the desired temperature. That means, I can put it into my cheese vat and go deal with the inevitable crisis with the kids, forget I even have a batch of cheese on the stove and then hear it beep and sing God’s praises that I wont burn anything today!! I somehow hadn’t packed that thermometer yet so we used it and it worked wonderfully. HOWEVER, I do NOT condone walking away from a pot with boiling sugar in it, regardless of how fancy your thermometer is – that will only end in tears.
You will also need a high quality brand of gelatin. Before I was a whole foodie, I had no idea what you would use gelatin for or what could possibly constitute healthy gelatin. Food Renegade has a great article on the ins and outs of healthy gelatin. Bottom line, do your own research, buy some and be prepared to make awesome homemade Jellos, marshmallows and ice creams.
In order to transfer your marshmallows into a dish in which they will set up and take shape, you’ll need a quality fat with which to cover your hands in order to pat the marshmallows into place. I like coconut oil but grass fed butter or any healthy fat will work.
We dusted the outside of our homemade marshmallows in cocoa and that was tasty, but any yummy dusty thing would work. Homemade, raw powdered sugar, coconut flour or even coconut flakes, finely ground. Hmm…finely ground coconut flakes….
To make homemade marshmallow Peeps, just use your favorite cookie cutter and smoosh it into your marshmallow tray once its dry. The longer they sit, the drier the marshmallows gets and you’ll want them pretty dry to cut out shapes. I saved a few slabs overnight and fiddle with shapes the next day and they worked well. You could probably rub butter over your cookie cutter to slick it up and keep it from sticking to the marshmallows if you need to cut the shape out sooner. The little chicks that trademark Peeps are cute but I encourage you to try any shape that pleases you.
When you’re done cutting, melt some organic chocolate in a double broiler and dip the bottom end of the marshmallow into it. Hello! You’re halfway to a whole foods Mallomar! Here’s a post from The Provident Homemaker that shows you how to cover your homemade marshmallows in chocolate – that is a very important skill to have, I think. Other than that, all you’ll need is water, some kind of healthy sugar (organic cane sugar, raw sugar, raw honey, maple syrup (although none of this will stay raw since you heat it so high), vanilla and salt. Yep, that’s it.
Take the time to make homemade marshmallows
That night of campfire and homemade s’mores was the most fun we’ve had in long while of packing, cleaning and remodeling. That night, after the festivities, as I sat with the baby for a moment before I put her in bed, I just kept thinking to myself how glad I was that we embraced that bit of whimsy on that quiet Sabbath day. What if I’d said I was too tired, or that we couldn’t unpack something we’ve already packed (I’ve already had to say that about so many things) or that we just didn’t have time. The longer I’m a parent, the more I search out those opportunities to say yes to my children.
YES! Let’s take a walk in the rain. YES! Let’s finger paint in the bathtub. YES! Let’s stay up late to finish reading our family book. YES! Let’s make homemade marshmallows. I don’t think I’ve ever heard a veteran parent say, “Boy, I really should have said no more often when the kids had a fun idea!” So, I encourage you, especially this Easter season as we celebrate renewal and cycles of healing to find more ways to say yes to the children in your life. Or the good friends. Or the close family members. Whatever. Just make homemade marshmallows.
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