Monday, June 16, 2008

How to Make a Marshmallow

On our way home from the lakefront swim/run SI was telling us how he needed marshmallow's but didn't have any. No problem, he just made them ....

1/2 cup cold water
3 envelopes unflavored gelatin
2/3 cups corn syrup
2 cups granulated sugar
1/4 cup water
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 cups powdered sugar

Get a 9×9 inch pan and line it with plastic wrap
Pour some oil on the plastic wrap and spread it all over the wrap with your hands so that the entire piece of plastic is oiled (this is going to keep your mixture from sticking to the plastic).
Get an electric mixer out and put 1/2 cup cold water into the bowl.
Pour the 3 envelopes of gelatin over the water and let it soak for about 10 minutes.
When the mixture has been soaking for about 5 minutes, get a sauce pan out and start combining your 2 cups of granulated sugar, 1/4 cup water and 2/3 cups corn syrup in the sauce pan.
Bring the mixture in the sauce pan to a boil and let it boil for about 1 minute.
Then pour the boiling mixture into the gelatin mixture and start mixing it at high speed. While mixing, add 1/4 teaspoon salt and beat for 10 - 12 minutes.
Add 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract and mix it into the mixture lightly.
You are now going to scrape the mixture into the 9×9 inch pan lined with oiled plastic. Before you scrape, make sure to oil whatever you are using to scrape it out with. If you decide to use your hands, oil your hands.
Scrape the mixture into your 9×9 inch pan and spread evenly. Cover with another piece of plastic and press the mixture into the pan.
Let the mixture sit for a few hours.
Remove the big piece of mixture from the pan and cover entirely with powdered sugar.
Take some kitchen scissors and cut into squares and cover the pieces with powdered sugar.

Training for IMOO was easier than this. I think I'm going to just buy them.

I was supposed to do HHH 100K this week-end. After a couple of sleepless nights thinking about it I decided to back out. It was painful to call Rick and tell him. He was very understanding. For as unready as I was for the ride, he was that much more prepared. When we signed on for the ride we did agree he would break away if I was holding him back but I know Rick. (He would deny this) But I know he would stick with me. So anyway. Then he slammed with with the question - "Girl, what happened on that swim up in Rockford last week?" I did my best to explain but he wasn't buying it. "Do I need to get out there and build up that confidence?" See, I told ya I got some great, GREAT tribuddies.

One more thing, Happy Belated Father's day. So I'm talking to my father, who lives in Texas. The conversation was pleasant and short. And just like all father's do, mine gives me advise that it's time to stop doing tri's and stop running. "Ya know you're moving on age wise, you've done what you need to do and proven what you need to prove .... " Scott thinks this is the spark I needed to get me moving again. :)


The Clyde said...

Never to old...just look at Frank Farrar and Sister Madonna.

(And no......I'm not saying you are ANYWHERE close in age to those two, just using them as examples).

RunBubbaRun said...

Yeah, I think we are getting way to old for this stuff.. NOT...

Yes, packaged marshmallows are so much better.. I think they are good trail food as well :)