Marshmallows
Dec 19th, 2011 by Eunice

Here is a yummy twist for homemade marshmallows. A few posts ago I dipped them in chocolate, this time I dipped them in crushed marshmallows.  They are so good in hot cocoa!

Homemade Marshmallows

3 envelopes unflavored gelatin

1/2 C. Cold water

2 C. sugar

2/3 C. light corn syrup

1/4 C. water

1/4 t. salt

1 T. vanilla extract

Candy canes (optional)

powdered sugar for dredging

Line 9×13-inch pan with plastic wrap and lightly spray with non-stick cooking spray.

In a bowl of an electric mixer, sprinkle gelatin over 1/2 C. cold water to soften, about 10 min.

Meanwhile, combine sugar, corn syrup and 1/4 C. water in a small saucepan.  Bring mixture to a rapid boil and boil hard 1 min.  Pour boiling syrup into soaked gelatin and turn on mixer, using the wire attachment.  Mix on high speed.  Add salt and beat 12 min.  After 12 min, add vanilla or mint extract. and beat to incorporate.

Spray a rubber spatula with cooking spray, be careful the mixture might be quite hot.  Scrape the mixture into prepared pan.  Cover the pan with a piece of plastic wrap that has been sprayed with cooking spray and softly press onto the top of the marshmallow mixture, creating a seal.  Let the mixture cool and set for several hours or overnight.

Lightly dust counter with powdered sugar and dump the marshmallows out.  Cut into pieces and dredge in powdered sugar.  I have found that scissors work the best for cutting the marshmallows.  Store in an airtight container.

If you want to coat the marshmallows with candy canes.  Crush candy canes into small bits.  Mix 1/2 C. powdered sugar with enough water to make a glaze.  Dip marshmallows in the glaze and then in the candy and set on wax paper to dry.

Now go have some marshmallow joy!

Jello Three Days in a Row- Oh My!
Jan 1st, 2011 by Jello Girl

First there was Christmas Eve at the In-Laws, then there was a dinner on Christmas Day with my family- you guessed it:  I made jello for both occasions.  The following day was Sunday.  Sunday dinner at the In-Laws and what was I requested to bring?  Jello, of course!  Is there such a thing as too much jello?  Anyway, here is the yummy layered Jello I made on Christmas Eve.  I have been borrowing my Dad’s camera, but didn’t have it with me so we took some quick snap shots with another borrowed camera.  They aren’t the greatest pictures, but then any picture is an accomplishment for me since I am not technically inclined and do not even know how to turn on the television.

Christmas Jello

Christmas Jello Mold

1 (3 oz.) package raspberry jello

1 (16 oz.) bag frozen raspberries  (This is my addition as I am not a fan of plain jello; however, the original recipe does not call for raspberries)

1 (3 oz.) package lemon jello

1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, softened (about 20 seconds each side in microwave)

1 (3 oz.) package lime jello

1 (20 oz.) can crushed pineapple

Dissolve raspberry jello in 1 cup boiling water.  Add 1/2 bag frozen raspberries and stir until thawed.  Add 1 cup cold water and stir.  Pour into a 10 inch fluted tube pan or 3 quart ring mold coated with non-stick cooking spray.  Chill until firm, about 1 1/2 hours.

Dissolve lemon jello in 1 cup boiling water.  Beat in the cream cheese until smooth.  Gently pour over firm raspberry jello.  Chill until firm.

Dissolve lime jello in 1 cup boiling water.  Drain pineapple well, reserving juice and add enough water, if needed to equal 3/4 cup.  Stir crushed pineapple and reserved juice into lime jello.  Gently pour over creamy layer.  Refrigerate until very firm or overnight.  Gently un-mold onto a serving plate.

Christmas Jello 2

This recipe is from Dorothy Duzynski at http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Christmas-Gelatin-Ring/Detail.aspx

Now Go Have Some Christmas Jello Joy!

Christmas Sleep Deprivation Jello
Dec 30th, 2010 by Jello Girl

Sleep Deprived Jello

Christmas sleep deprivation- all you parents out there know what I am talking about.  The Mall and Toys-R-Us are open until 11:00:  shopping, shopping and more shopping and then there is all the wrapping, baking, cleaning, decorating etc. on top of everything else you usually do.  The following jello salad is evidence of this very brain stupor resulting from lack of time upon my mattress.  At Christmas what could be more appropriate and festive than a ribbon jello salad?  There are really endless color variations to a ribbon salad, so you can mix it up for any holiday or special occasion.  This particular salad was intended to be alternating colors of green, white and red; however, I did two layers of green in the middle and did not even notice until my last layer of red.  Oh, well it still looked good and tasted great.  Here is the recipe:

Christmas Ribbon Jello

1 (3 oz.) package lime jello

1 (3 oz.) package raspberry jello

1 (3 oz.) package lime jello

1 (3 oz.) package strawberry or cherry jello

2 envelopes unflavored gelatin (we used Knox brand)

1/2 cup cold water

2 cups milk

1 cup sugar

2 cups sour cream

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Sleep Deprived Jello

Directions:

Dissolve lime jello in 1 cup boiling water.  Add 1/2 cup cold water and stir.  Pour into a 9×13 pan coated with non-stick spray.  Refrigerate about 30 minutes or until firm.

Meanwhile in medium saucepan, sprinkle unflavored gelatin over 1/2 cup cold water.  Let it stand for about one minute.  Stir in milk and sugar.  Cook and stir over medium heat until gelatin and sugar are dissolved.

Remove from heat and whisk in sour cream and vanilla.  Gently pour about 1 1/2 cups white gelatin mixture over firm layer of green jello.  Chill about 30 minutes or until firm. (At this point I keep remaining amount of white gelatin in pan.  If it begins to thicken up before I use it for the next layer, I turn stove to simmer for just a few minutes and whisk gelatin until smooth and then turn off heat.)

Dissolve raspberry jello in 1 cup boiling water.  Add 1/2 cup cold water and stir.  Gently pour over firm white layer.  Chill about 30 minutes or until firm.

Gently pour about 1 1/2 cups white gelatin mixture over firm layer of red jello.  Chill about 30 minutes or until firm.

Dissolve lime jello in 1 cup boiling water.  Add 1/2 cup cold water and stir.  Gently pour over firm white layer.  Chill about 30 minutes or until firm.

Gently pour about 1 1/2 cups white gelatin mixture over firm layer of green jello.  Chill about 30 minutes or until firm.

Dissolve strawberry jello in 1 cup boiling water.  Add 1/2 cup cold water and stir.  Gently pour over firm white layer.  Chill about 30 minutes or until firm and enjoy!

This recipe is by Melody Mellinger at http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Seven-Layer-Gelatin-Salad-2/Detail.aspx

Sleep Deprived Jello

Now Go Get Some Sleep and Have Jiggling Jello Dreams!

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