Tuesday, June 02, 2009

make it yourself

Recently I was making peanut butter fudge for a few special people in our life. Due to the very soggy weather we were experiencing; I did not want to have to venture down our muddy country road for the one ingredient I was lacking. What to do? Make it myself. But can you really make marshmallow fluff and have it resemble anything close to what you buy in the store? What would I do if I wasted the ingredients by choosing not to use it in the fudge? Never the less, I went to the computer, searched marshmallow fluff, and came up with a couple of options. Thinking I would use the miniature marshmallows in my pantry ~ you can imagine how surprised I was to find out no. Having all ingredients on hand I mixed the following items in my mixer:
Homemade Marshmallow Fluff/Cream
3 egg whites
2 cups light corn syrup
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups sifted powdered sugar
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
In large bowl of an electric mixer, add egg whites, corn syrup, and salt. Using your electric mixer on high speed, mix for approximately 5 minutes or until the mixture is thick and volume has almost doubled.
On low speed, add powdered sugar and mix until well blended. Add vanilla extract just until well blended.
Your homemade marshmallow fluff/cream is now ready to use in your recipes. Use immediately, or refrigerate in a covered container for up to 2 weeks. (mine did not last this long)
Makes a large quantity.

I do not know why I was so surprised that this worked. I did get a good laugh when my children came in and were so shocked marshmallow fluff could be homemade, "it really looks like marshmallow fluff". Now the true test would come in the making of the fudge. I have used this recipe since I was 8 years old. Don't sweat the small stuff it was just fine. It is an amazing thing that one can search for the instructions, on how to do just about anything, and someone has posted it somewhere. This recipe came from whatscookingamerica.net


quilt'n mama said...

Yum!!! I need to begin to figure out what I can make myself in those moments now that our little store is closing! There is actually someone interested in purchasing it... we are praying that it all comes together and really happens! Your treats look very tasty... someday I hope I do get to visit your kitchen and enjoy:)

Polly said...

Oh yum--looks so delicious!!

Thank you for the comment. ;) I tried to respond but I don't have your email address! We did not go where you mentioned. We did go to Celebration & the Daytona area. ;)