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1  Smores Marshmallows. Inside Out. in CHALLENGE 103 ENTRIES by patty_o_furniture on: October 07, 2014 12:47:56 PM
Smores Marshmallows.  Inside out.



I'm surely not the first person who thought of this idea, but I haven't been able to find the idea on google, so I'm saying this one is a personal recipe well enough.  Inspired by my love of smores and homemade marshmallows!

These are homemade marshmallows made with homemade graham crackers and chocolate swirls inside.  All the smore makings are on the inside of the marshmallow! Yum.

 


Homemade Marshmallows:

1/2 cup cold water
3 - 1/4 ounce envelopes unflavored gelatin

2 cups granulated white sugar
1/2 cup cold water
1 cup light corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon salt

Additions:

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups graham crackers crushed into large crumbs
1 1/2 cups miniature chocolate chips

Garnish:

3-4 cups powdered sugar, sifted

Spray a 9X13 (I like thicker mallows so I used a 9X9) pan with pam, then sift a layer of powdered sugar over the whole pan bottom and sides so the marshmallow can release.



Soften gelatin with cup cool water in bowl of stand mixer.

In a medium saucepan put 2 cups sugar, cup water, 1 cup corn syrup, and tsp salt.  Bring to a boil at medium to medium high, stirring.  When boiling, place saucepan lid on top for two minutes to let condensation wash down the sides.  Remove lid after two minutes and clip in candy thermometer.  Allow to reach 240 without stirring this time.

Start mixer on low speed, slowly pour in hot syrup into softened gelatin.  Gradually increase speed to high, beating for 10 minutes until bowl is softly warm to the touch and mixture is white, shiny, and thick.

Stop mixer and add chocolate chips, 2 tsp vanilla, and graham cracker pieces.  Beat again until graham pieces are mixed in well and chocolate is melted and swirled.  



Spatula out sticky mixture into prepared 9X13 pan.  Try to smooth top as best you can.  



Sift a generous amount of powdered sugar over all top.  Let set for 8 hours or over night.

Loosen marshmallow from sides of pan with knife.  Sift powdered sugar over counter or cutting board, then pull marshmallow sheet from pan and place on top.  Using kitchen scissors or knife cut pieces apart and press edges into more powdered sugar.
 


Place pieces in a sifter and tap all excess sugar off marshmallow pieces.  Eat as is or drizzle on melted chocolate.  Keep in a covered container.


Tastes just like a smore!  Delish!



For the grahams too:

Honey Graham Crackers
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup butter, softened   
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup milk

Sift together the whole wheat flour, all-purpose flour, baking powder and baking soda; set aside.
In a medium bowl, cream together the butter, brown sugar and honey until light and fluffy. Stir in the sifted ingredients alternating with the milk and vanilla. Cover dough and refrigerate overnight.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Divide the chilled dough into quarters. On a well floured surface, roll the dough out one quarter at a time directly on whatever youll cook it (parchment paper, silpat liner, even just the back of a cookie sheet).  Roll paper thin. Divide into rectangles using a knife. Mark a line down the center of each one, and prick with a fork. For a cinnamon flavored cracker, sprinkle with a cinnamon sugar mixture before baking.
Bake for 13 to 15 minutes in the preheated oven. Remove from baking sheets to cool on wire racks. *sometimes scoring the crackers again over the cuts after removing from the oven helps to break apart easier.

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But the best way to eat these is toasted!


Gooey marshmallow, caramelized outside, warmed chocolate!  So good!
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2  Re: kids craft swap Round 7 in The Swap Gallery by patty_o_furniture on: September 03, 2014 07:43:15 PM
Afton received an angel package from Bailey.  She lit up seeing it on the couch waiting for her. 



Her favorite was perler Toothless.  She was in awe because of how long it would have taken him to put all the beads on correctly.  Some fun Harry Potter notebooks, can ornaments, bead ornaments, necklace and clipboard. 


Great stuff!  Thanks for the angel!
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3  Failed Cupcakes turned Ice Cream Cake Pops in Cooking: Challenge Entries by patty_o_furniture on: August 19, 2014 06:40:16 PM
Failed Cupcakes turned Ice Cream Cake Pops

Introducing Ice Cream Cake Pops!


This recipe started out as a lovely cupcake batter I've been wanting to try.  I'm always on the hunt for a good from-scratch cupcake recipe.  And I love decorating cupcakes, so thought this challenge needed some pretty cupcakes!  So, here's the recipe/directions.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gVv0ogb00kM

The recipe looked great as batter, I was impressed.  Very soft and creamy.  I had my hopes up, but I figured that I was whipping way too much air into it with my mixer.  That's how Joy made them though, so I kept going.  *sigh*  They all fell in the oven.  Overwhipping? Insufficient moisture? Altitude?  They died.


I considered coring them and putting some tasty filling in.  But I've done filled cupcakes before.  I almost trashed them and decided to make something else for the challenge, but then remembered a fun cake pop recipe I had saw once.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nak_zRvbvKo
Sure!  I'll make those instead!

Turned out way cute!  Love the variation of color inside.



For size reference.  So cute and tiny!


Sent most on the way around to neighbors and had lots of fun compliments on them.  Tasted good, but were a lot of work!  I have two dozen rainbow cake balls left in my freezer to play with, but after they are gone I'm not sure the effort of cake pop balls are worth it again.  Maybe.

Either way, the moral of the story is if at first you don't succeed try something else!  Smiley

thanks for looking!

If you want to try the recipe, don't over beat the batter
White Cupcakes:
1/2 cup (113 grams) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup (200 grams) granulated white sugar
2 large eggs, at room temperature
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups (180 grams) cake flour, sifted
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (120 ml) milk, at room temperature

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C) and lightly butter or line 12 muffin cups with paper liners.

In the bowl of your electric mixer, or with a hand mixer, beat the butter until smooth. Add the sugar and beat until light and fluffy (3-5 minutes). Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in the vanilla extract.

In a separate bowl sift the flour with the baking powder and salt.

With the mixer on low speed, alternately add the flour mixture (in three additions) and milk (in two additions), beginning and ending with the flour. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.

Evenly fill the muffin cups with the batter and bake for about 18 - 20 minutes or just until set and a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean. (Always check a few minutes before the stated baking time. Do not over bake or the cupcakes will be dry.) Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool completely.

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4  Re: kids craft swap Round 7 in The Swap Gallery by patty_o_furniture on: August 19, 2014 12:54:30 PM
Figured I'd post what my girlies sent.

Afton sent a wall letter, stenciled shirt, and a duct tape notebook.  Travel water color set, and some funny circus animals that her partner had on their wishlist.


Sariah sent a bunch of minecraft stuff, a big creeper box, shirt, tnt poppers, and stuffy pillow.  And a wall letter and water color set.


Thanks Helena Puck for hosting Smiley 
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5  Re: kids craft swap Round 7 in The Swap Gallery by patty_o_furniture on: August 12, 2014 01:44:32 PM
Sariah received from idioskosmos.  She loves everything.

Sariah is really into Pokemon right now and with all the added figures, you'd think she'd died and went to heaven.  She screamed each's name.


They even made her into a card!


She knew the pin was a badge right away and she even mentioned how it's like a color wheel (something we've been learning in summer art classes).  Plus this awesome shirt.  The red didn't go through the wash well, but we won't have a problem painting it back in.



Thanks!
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6  Re: Mermaid Carved Stamp in Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects by patty_o_furniture on: July 08, 2014 09:40:20 PM
My newest medium has been face painting, and I used this stamp to try out a face design.  Neat!

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7  Re: Mona Lisa Photo Stand In in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by patty_o_furniture on: May 13, 2014 09:37:06 AM
The school also wanted a Kandinsky concentric circles stand in.  It's one of the artists the children were studying too.  The kids will have fun using it as a photo op at their art show.





The original for reference
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8  Mona Lisa Photo Stand In in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by patty_o_furniture on: May 04, 2014 05:25:32 PM
I don't even know what to call this, but I made a Mona Lisa where kids can put their face in hers and take a picture.  Our local elementary is having an art show and thought this would be a fun idea.  I offered to paint it.  Took about four hours.  Hopefully it won't get too beat up by the kids, but I imagine it will.







Hope the kids enjoy it.
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9  May the fourth cupcakes in Dessert by patty_o_furniture on: May 04, 2014 05:13:46 PM
Had to celebrate Star Wars day and decided we needed cupcakes!

Devils food chocolate with vanilla buttercream frosting and a chocolate ganache drizzle.  But the best part about these is my new chocolate mold!  Han Solo in carbonite.  Love it.  I actually found it at the second hand store a couple weeks ago. 





May the fourth be with you  Grin
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10  Re: Face Paintings in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by patty_o_furniture on: March 26, 2014 09:05:34 AM
Yay!  2013 winner!  Awesome! 
And I'm still practicing, hopefully means getting better and better!

Here's the Little Mermaid I painted on myself.  I won an Honorable Mention award with it at a face painting contest.  I was super happy because I was going up against professionals in the field.


Batman on my creepy practice head from the thrift store


This was just practicing my tiger stripe stroke, but I thought it looked really cool like a sleeve!


Toothless


Roses on my arm


Olaf


Thanks for looking!
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