Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Harshing My Hearts

Okay Suzanne.   I wound up being pretty specific in your instructions although not grimly serious.

Here's the recipe I tinkered together.  Double it if you want more of these Michelin Man things.  I'm leaving them for the mailman.

1.5 tablespoons gelatin (pack and a half)
1/6 cup water
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup corn syrup (preferrably not the kind with crap vanilla in it already but if that's what you can find, no one will be able to tell the difference)
1/4 cup water
1 egg white
1/4 teaspoon salt
vanilla to taste

In a small bowl add the gelatin and pour the 1/6 cup water over it.  Give it about 15 min for gelatin to do what it does.
Meanwhile in a heavy saucepan, add the 1/4 cup water, corn syrup and sugar.  Heat until melted.  Raise the heat.  Don't burn it.  Using your required for this process candy thermometer, let the mixture reach 250 degrees.  Careful.  This stuff is hot.

Pour the gelatin and water into your stand mixer.  Turn it on.  Slowly down the side of the bowl, pour the flaming hot sugar.  Beat Beat Beat.  You can walk away.
And you have to.
Beat an egg white until stiff.  I used a whisk.  Add the salt.
When the sugar mixture is glossy and about doubled, add the egg white.
Combine well. 
Add the vanilla.  At this point add food coloring.  I used red.  It looked plenty pink.  But by the time it was coated again and again with sugar, it lost its impact.  So probably use a bit more than you think.
This stuff is sticky beyond belief.
You've put aluminum foil on a sheet pan and covered that with cornstarch or potato starch.
Quickly pour the goop onto the sheet pan.
With a spatula sprayed with non-stick spray, or possibly dipped  in hot water, spread the glop out fast.  It's going to start setting up.
It's like the Blob.  It's got a life of its own.  It moves to where you don't want it to go.
That's it.  Let it sit out on the counter for 4 hours or overnight.
Tip it out onto a sheet of parchment paper or waxed paper covered with cornstarch or confectioner's sugar.  This stuff wants to stick to everything.
Take you heart cookie cutter.  Dip it in hot water.
Cut out heart shaped marshmallows.
Dredge in confectioner's sugar.
You will wash your hands about 75 times during this whole ordeal.  But go ahead, make your day! ;-)

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