Last week we were joined by the lovely Brick Castle crew who showed us how to make a really tasty looking Sausage and Bean Pie.
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My kids are not big sweet eaters, cakes yes, even chocolate, but not sweeties or jellies. One thing they really do like though are marshmallows so I thought I'd give it a go and see if we could make some. Now the recipe is not entirely kid friendly because it does involve some really hot sugar syrup. There was a lot of waiting to do but the end result was worth it. We are going to try again with some different flavours now.
14g powdered gelatin
100ml cold water
450g caster sugar
a few drops of almond flavouring (this was our choice, you can use vanilla)
25g icing sugar
We used a 8" by 10" tin which we prepared by coating with sunflower oil, lining with baking paper and coating again with sunflower oil.
We started by mixing the gelatin powder with the 100ml of cold water which we then left.
We mixed the caster sugar with the 175ml of water in a heavy saucepan and stirred until dissolved while on a medium heat.
Then I continued to stir until the mixture boiled. I turned it down to a simmer and left it for around 20 minutes until a sugar thermometer read 113C/235F You can check it's at the right stage by taking a small spoonful of the mixture and putting it into some ice cold water. If you take it out with your fingers it should form a soft squidgy ball, which keeps its shape but doesn't set hard.
We then put the gelatin mixture into the mixing bowl of the food mixer and put it on slow. The Kids stood right back while I slowly poured the hot sugar mixture into the mixer. Then we added the flavouring and turned the mixer up to medium and left it to do it's work for around 20 minutes. The kids kept coming back to see how it was doing, watching how it changed from a clear liquid to a frothy white liquid to, eventually, a very thick white mixture which was holding it's shape as it was starting to set.
We mixed the cornflour and icing sugar together and dusted the pan with a little.
We then poured in the mixture and dusted the top with the rest of the icing sugar mixture.
Then we waited and waited and waited. In fact we left it overnight just to be sure. The next day we had lovely marshmallows which we cut into around 40 chunks.
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