This one was fantastic. I don't know just how many people came in and out through the doors but there were at least 14 new faces who hadn't made it before.
There were many delicious things to eat and interesting conversations. The people come from all over my life, old friends, co-workers, social groups, family and neighbors. I'm feeling particularly blessed.
But on to the food: Well not all the food, but the marshmallows. I've been talking about making them for months. I finally got to it. Shall I proceed?
Marshmallows are confections, soft little pieces of creamy melt in your mouth sticky candy.
1 cup water, divided
3 ¼ oz. envelopes gelatin
1 cup corn syrup
2 cups granulated sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
2 tsp. vanilla
2 cups powdered sugar
In a bowl that fits a stand mixer sprinkle the gelatin over ½ cup of water. Let sit 10 minutes while you cook the sugar.
In a pot bring to a boil the other half cup of water, corn syrup, sugar, salt. Stir to dissolve, wash down the sides of the pot with brush dipped in water or cover with a lid and let boil 2 minutes, (the steam will collect on the sides and wash down the sugar. Attach a candy thermometer. Bring to soft ball stage-240 degrees. About 10 minutes.
It will become all white and marshmallowy looking, like fluff or ice-cream topping.
Add the vanilla and whip 30 more seconds.
Prepare a 9x13 inch pan by spraying with oil, a layer of parchment paper, then sprinkle with powdered sugar.
They are my go to comfort food. I will poke them with a fork and toast them over the stove and eat four in row when something is a miss in my life. I use that as an indicator I'm troubled. What do you do when you are troubled? Do you eat? Do you exercise? Do you lay face down on your bed and throw a fit?