Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Cinnamon marshmallows

Cinnamon marshmallows / Marshmallows de canela

I’ve been watching my SATC DVDs again and am surprised by how differently I feel about the show now: I still love it, Samantha continues to be my favorite girl, but Carrie is the biggest pain in the neck ever – my goodness, the woman is annoying!

I cried like a baby watching Charlotte and Harry getting together at the synagogue – I’m such a marshmallow... Some things never change. :)

Cinnamon marshmallows / Marshmallows de canela

Cinnamon marshmallows
adapted from a Donna Hay magazine vanilla marshmallow

½ cup (120ml) water
1 ½ cinnamon quills
2 tablespoons powdered gelatin
½ cup (120ml) warm water, extra
330g caster sugar
½ cup + 1 ½ tablespoons glucose syrup

For rolling the marshmallows:
¾ cup (105g) confectioners’ sugar, sifted
1 tablespoon corn starch, sifted
¼ teaspoons ground cinnamon

icing sugar extra, for dusting the pan

Oil a 20cm (8in) square cake pan and dust well with icing sugar.

Combine ½ cup water and cinnamon quills in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat, set aside to cool then remove the cinnamon quills.
Place the gelatin and warm water (extra) in the bowl of an electric mixer, stir well to combine and set aside. Place the sugar, glucose and 1/3 cup (80ml) of the cinnamon infusion in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to the boil and cook without stirring for 5-6 minutes or until soft ball stage (115°C/240°F) on a sugar thermometer.

With the mixer running at high speed, gradually add the hot syrup to the gelatin mixture. Beat for 10 minutes or until thick and fluffy. Pour into prepared pan, cover loosely with lightly greased non-stick baking paper and set aside to firm overnight.

Place the icing sugar, corn starch and ground cinnamon in a bowl and stir to combine. Turn the marshmallow onto a surface lightly dusted with a little of the icing sugar mixture and carefully from the pan. Cut into squares with a lightly oiled knife and dust with remaining icing sugar mixture.
Store in an airtight container.

Makes 36


Finla said...

Yeah Samantha is my fav too.
Never made marshmellows at home. Looks so so fluffy yumm.

pam said...

I have really got to try marshmallows sometime. You make them look so pretty!

Pei-Lin said...

I see you actually are quite a marshmallow maker!! You make marshmallow of all sorts of flavors!! Amazing!

Photography well-done, as always! =)


Mimi said...

The only marshmallow I like to eat are homemade. Yours look fabulous.

Kelly @ EvilShenanigans said...

I have never had a cinnamon marshmallow, but I feel I need to have one now! Those are so pretty!

Abby said...

Charlotte has always been my fave. Plus Kristen is just so gorgeous!

I have "make marshmallows" on my list of goals for 2010!

Barbara said...

Yummy! I do love homemade marshmallows. Love the idea of the cinnamon flavor. These look wonderful, Patricia. I really must make these soon. Never have attempted it.
Someone online had a site where they sold homemade marshmallows- tons of flavors. Our favorite was chocolate chip. Pretty good product actually, but it would be more fun to make them yourself.

LyB said...

Ooooooh, cinnamon marshmallows... I can just imagine these in a hot chocolate, they would be divine! Beautiful photos as always, Patricia! :)

Patricia Scarpin said...

Happy Cook, she's the funniest!:)
Thank you!

Pam, you have got to, my dear! ;)

Pei-Lin, I am! Completely hooked on making marshmallows! :)
Thank you, darling!

Mimi, homemade is the best way to go here. ;)
Thank you!

Kelly, I think you would like these! Thank you!

Abby, she is stunning! And really funny, too! She's my husband's favorite - maybe because she's such a nice girl?? ;)
I hope you check that item off your to do list soon, dearie!

Barbara, that is a great idea - I think I might try making choc chip marshmallows next time. Thank you for the wonderful inspiration!

Hi, beautiful! I think they would be really good paired with chocolate, indeed - what a great idea!

Cynthia said...

Pillowy soft, angelic and yet devilishly good!

Peabody said...

In some hot chocolate, oh these would be so good.

Edana said...

I love Charlotte :)

Could one make s'mores with these? That could be delicious...

Work at home jobs said...

what a woderfull food !really i like it.

Patricia Scarpin said...

Cynthia, thank you, sweetie!

Pea, you bet. ;)

Edana, she's my #3, but my husband's favorite. ;)
I think you could, but I haven't tried it yet - let me know if you do?
Tks for stopping by!

Valérie I♥Cakes said...

I'm more a Charlotte kind of girl but I love Samantha's temper ! Your pictures are very nice, thanks for this recipe !

bakinginstilettos said...

I felt the same way, re-watching the series years later! I liked Carrie originally -- quirky, funny, a writer -- but on re-watching she was so whiny and childish. Ah well. Beautiful marshmallows, would love to try so many things here. Do you have any tips for food photography? Your work is gorgeous.

Patricia Scarpin said...

Hi, there! Thank you for your kind words!
I have one rule: I always, no matter what, photograph using natural light - never at night and I never use flash.

Aimée said...

I'm going to try these this weekend. Thanks for the recipe!

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