Welcome to Christmas at Retro recipes! I have been busy testing and cooking my little heart out. Hence the fact that we are only 10 days away from Christmas! However if you are a procrastinator like me, you will still have time to share some of these treats with your loved ones and neighbors. And if not, there is always next year!
To take the edge off, I also am including a gift tag for all the treats you will be making. Simply click on it. When you see the large image, right click and click “save as” and then open it up in Word or another program, print and sign your name!
I will start with the best recipes first and work my way down to what I am calling “The Great Toffee Disaster of 2011″ also know as “How I spent my months wages on butter”.
Remember the movie Patch Adams and the woman whose life’s wish was to swim in a pool of noodles? Well, if I could I would bathe in a tub of these marshmallows. I do not eat marshmallow, but these are so pretty, I just might have to take a bite!!
Make these! Add them to your hot chocolate or just look at them!
- 2 T. gelatin (I used 2 packets)
- 1/2 c. cold water
- 2 c. sugar
- 3/4 c. water
- Pinch of salt
- Peppermint oil (I used 6 drops)
- Red food coloring (I used 1 drop of gel coloring)
- Powdered sugar
- In a small bowl, combine the cold water and gelatin for 5 minutes (It will look like applesauce)
- While this is softening, combine sugar and water in a saucepan. Don’t even stir. Just turn on the burner to medium-medium high and let it go until it reaches the “thread” stage or about 230 degrees. When it gets to that point take it off the heat.
- When the syrup is done, put the gelatin in your mixer bowl. Turn the beaters on and slowly add the sugar syrup.
- When added turn off the mixer and let sit for a few minutes.
- Add the peppermint, salt and food coloring.
- Now turn the mixer on high and let go 12-17 minutes or until the mixture is thick and fluffy.
- While the mixer is going, coat a 9×13 pan with non-stick spray. Cover heavily with powdered sugar.
- When the mixture is fluffy, pour into prepared pan. Top with a generous amount of powdered sugar (I used my fingers to smooth it over the entire top). Let sit 4-24 hours.
- When dry, loosen the edges and bottom with a metal pancake turner and turn out onto a cutting board. Use a pizza wheel to cut into desired shapes (I made mine into diamonds), dusting with powdered sugar if it gets too sticky. Dredge sticky edges in powdered sugar and store in an airtight container.
Enjoy these pillows of fun!!
See the process:
|The first quick “stir”||Here it is thick||Here is the pan all ready…|
|Here it is in the pan. So pretty…||Done for the night…24 hours to rest!|