Thursday, December 04, 2008

Mushie Breakthrough!!!!

It has happened! Sugar actually consumed her marshmallow this morning. I tossed it into her crate along with two small cookies. She ate the cookies first and then turned around and lo and behold, she smurfed up the mushie! I was very surprised and ecstatic, to say the least! (It's the little things in life, you know?)

Yesterday's mushie was missing, too, but I assumed that Remi or Lucy had snuck in there after their dinner to smurf it up but I guess it was probably Sugar who ate it then as well. Whoo hoo!

This is certainly a breakthrough at the Peterson household. I'm so psyched that I think I will attempt to make a batch of homemade marshmallows this weekend. As with the English Muffins, I've heard and read that once you have homemade mushies, you'll never go back to store bought mushies.

I found this recipe for making your own marshmallows and I think I'll try it:

1/4 cup cornstarch
1/3 cup confectioners sugar
1 envelope unflavored gelatin
1/3 cup water
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
Pinch of salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Sift the cornstarch and confectioners sugar into a bowl. Lightly grease an 8x8-inch square baking pan and sprinkle 1 tablespoon of the cornstarch-and-sugar mixture into it. Tilt the pan to coat the sides and the bottom. Leave any excess in the pan.

Sprinkle the gelatin into the water in a small saucepan and let soak for five minutes. Add the granulated sugar and stir over low heat until the gelatin and sugar dissolve.

In the large bowl of an electric mixer, combine the gelatin mixture, corn syrup, salt and vanilla and beat for 15 minutes on high speed, until peaks form.

Spread the fluffy mixture in the prepared pan and smooth the top. Leave for two hours or until set.

With a wet knife, cut the marshmallow mixture into quarters and loosen around the edges. Sprinkle the remaining cornstarch-and-sugar mixture on a baking sheet and invert the marshmallow blocks onto it. Cut each quarter into nine pieces and roll each one in the starch and sugar.

Place the marshmallows on a cake rack covered with paper towels and let them stand over night to dry the surface slightly. Store airtight; the marshmallows will keep for a month.

Do you suppose making the girls homemade marshmallows is spoiling them a bit too much? :)

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alex said...

YAY Sugar! I knew she would come around.

Addie said...

Patti, I'm so excited Sugar is doing well again. Mushies are one of the greyhound food groups, so I'm pleased that she's recovered her mushie appetite!

You've got to tell me how the homemade experiment goes, and I'd say your girls are pretty darn lucky to have access to such gourmet delights. :-)


Sarah said...

I am thrilled she is eating her treat. However I am amused that you are willing to make your own marshmallows which I imagine cost more than store bought ones. Happy cooking!

greytblackdog said...

that's great. i would say that's a sign that sugar is indeed back to her old self!

i'm with sarah - if you make these marshmallows - you better eat them yourself. give the dogs the ones from the store :)

Patti said...

Thanks everyone. I am really excited about this one. She has eaten two since, all in my presence, so I know I wasn't seeing things!

I'll probably give the girls (1) marshmallow each of the homemade variety and keep the remainder for some of my secret hot chocolate!