Thursday, December 20, 2012

Red Velvet Marshmallow Star Pops

Wow that is a long title!  But that is what they are.  I made marshmallows again, but tried to change it up just a little.  I am actually not thrilled with how they looked, but the taste was great, so that is something right?

  So I was driving home one evening heading home to eat and change to head into my second job.  And as I usually do I let my mind wander to things I should be doing, or what I would rather be doing.  And for some reason red velvet marshmallows, and how I was going to make them into pops and shape them like stars, popped into my head.  And I was going to decorate them with edible gold spray paint.  But then I had to go to work and I was all "this has to happen, and I need it to happen now!" But as with my life there was not going to be time to make them for at least a few days.  The thing with marshmallows is that they are a two day event.  You need to make the marshmallow then allow them to dry over night before you can work with them.  So I needed a two day period where I was not working or something.  And thankfully it happened the very next week.
This little bottle will make a bunch of marshmallows, or something else, because I need to try it in lots of other things. Oh like frosting, and cookies, and ice cream and ......I better stop, or I will never finish this post.

So to make these I started off with the basic marshmallow base that I love. Here is the original if you would like to take a look.  The only difference is that I made a double batch, because I have a bigger kitchen aid, and I replaced some of the water with red velvet flavoring.
At this point I was all, "oh god, it looks awful"  But relax it turns out better, I swear!
  So to start you will need to find the flavoring.  I found it at my super kitchen store,  I had a nice gift card and this was one of the things I got, and now need to have again and again.  From reading the label it is actually for you to use in cakes, you use it to make your cake red velvet.  It has the colour and flavor in one, so it really was neat. It said to use 1 TBSP per 12 cupcakes, so I figure 2 9x13 pans is like 48 cupcakes so I used 4 TBSPs.   Also this is the colour of blood and my darn marshmallows started off looking like a big bowl of blood.  Pork Chop was all "your a vampire!!!" When I showed him the stuff.  Sigh.

See it's a nice light red now, and I sort of wish it was darker, sort of.

Red Velvet Marshmallows
Adapted from Martha Stewart

This recipe makes 2 9x13 pans, so you can half it. ( and if you feel the need for less marshmallows I don't know how we can still be friends.)

-5 TBPS unflavored powdered gelatin (or 6 packets)
-1 cup water
-1 cup water minus 4 TBSPs
-4 TBSPs red velvet flavoring
-1/2 TSP salt
-2 cups light corn syrup
-3 cups sugar
-2 TBSP vanilla bean paste
-butter and icing sugar for the pans

See how fancy I am?  I know, you cannot see it, it is something you need to witness in real life.  Sorry.

Start by preparing your pans, butter and dust them with the icing sugar and set aside.

Mix together in your kitchen aid bowl, the 1 cup of water, taking out 4 TBSPs, the red velvet flavoring and the gelatin.  Set it aside.

Have I mentioned how much I love being able to crop out stuff in pictures now?  Well I do, there may have been a layer of icing sugar on everything I own.  Maybe.
Mix everything else, except the vanilla, into a sauce pan, and put over medium heat.  Cook until the sugar is dissolved and then turn up the heat, attach your candy thermometer and cook until it reaches the firm ball stage.   Once it has reached the right temperature, take the pot off the heat and pour into your kitchen aid bowl while mixing with the whisk attachment on low.  Once it is all in, turn the speed up and whip it until the volume triples and the bowl is cool to the touch. Then add your vanilla paste and mix in. The best way to know if the marshmallow is done is to take the whisk attachment out of the bowl and see how the marshmallow flows.  It should not flow off easily, if it does whip it some more.  You want to have to actually work to get the marshmallow off.
This really has nothing to do with the post, but that right there.  That is my new box of candy melts.  I use so much of it, and this way it is so cheap.  I also can brag about having a 50 pound box of chocolate in my house.  I mean I got to have something to brag about right?
Then after they are dry you are ready to get to work.  I had plans to make these star shaped and then cover them in gold edible spray paint.  But I actually decided to use some chocolate transfer sheets.  I got them at the bakers warehouse for less than $3 a sheet and they are big sheets.  Basically a chocolate transfer sheet is a plastic sheet that is covered in cocoa butter art.  They make different colours of the cocoa butter and make a thin layer of pictures on the sheet.  Then as you place wet chocolate on it, it will harden onto the chocolate creating a design.  It looks super fancy but takes almost no skill, I mean come on, I was able to do it.
That is 50 pounds people, just so you know, I will not share.  Okay maybe a little.
Once it is ready pour it into your pans, sprinkle the top really well with icing sugar then use your hands to press it into the pan evenly.  If you start to stick to it, just dust it some more.  Then  you need to leave your marshmallows out to dry over night.  If you need to leave them longer just cover the pan after letting it dry for at least 8 hours.
I wish you could see it better, but this is the back side of the sheet, you put the wet chocolate on this side.  It's like magic.  Magic for bakers. 

That is like the best bowl of stuff ever, just chocolate candy melts.  I love them.

This is one that looks good on the front.

But the back of the marshmallow tore a bit, oh well it still tasted great.

  So I set to work cutting out my marshmallows, and I regret the choice to do stars now.  Only because there was a lot of waste.  I ended up just dipping the left over bits and everyone ate them anyway.  So I cut out my shapes, I did not bother to dust the whole marshmallows as they were going to be dipped in chocolate.  I then melted the chocolate candy melts and set to work dipping them.
I would lay them out as close as I could so not to waste the image.
I first dipped the lolli pop stick in the chocolate then placed it half way into the marshmallow, being sure to hold it until the chocolate set enough that the stick would not be pushed back out.  Then I dipped the whole thing.  I made sure to tap off as much of the extra chocolate as I could as I didn't want too much to pool when I set it down.  So I did that then set it on the chocolate transfer sheet. I tried to put the flattest side against the paper.  Then I had to let them fully dry, so that the image would stick.
I wrapped them all up like this. I now want one of those cake pop tie thingies, that would be cool.
Once that was done I put them in my cake pop holders and got all excited because I felt like a star.  No pun intended I swear.  Okay, maybe a little pun, but you cannot prove it.

So I wrapped them up and set them in the basement to wait for Pork Chops hockey game so that they could be handed out.
I usually bring my baked stuff in a shoe box like this.  Or rather I sent it like this with Pork Chop and Hubby.  I miss a lot of his games because they always are last minute times and it's hard to work around.  But when I do go I sit there thinking "I have no idea what's going on.  OMG did Pork Chop just fall into the boards?! When is this going to be over?! Why don't I have candy to eat while we watch? Look how cute Pork Chops little bum looks!  I should win an award for being here, in the cold and only really complaining in my head. Do you think Hubby would buy me a pony?  How come parents have to support their kids?  Could he not like watching cooking shows instead of hockey?  Will this game ever end?  Why did that mom give me "that look" when I was cheering?  Was that a goal?  Are they going the right way?  How the heck are you supposed to even know what icing is, and off side?  The whole game is crazy!"  Basically I am a saint, just so you know.

Anyway, the flavor was really sweet on these, that red velvet flavoring really adds a nice touch.  I like that I didn't have to add food colouring too, it was an all in one. I will do these again, but not in a star shape, that was just crazy!
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Christina Collins said...

They look delicious! Red velvet is my absolute favorite. Yum!

Lisa Rukin Swift said...

These are so pretty and festive, Sue! I've never tried anything red velvet flavored.

Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

Red velvet marshmallows? YUM! They are pretty too!

Connie Mercer said...

enjoy your blog posts!! I bet the kids loved them and your son carring them in {look what my mom did. a proud moment)!!!

Linda Beeson said...

They are beautiful, what a really fun little gift.

Unknown said...

Gorgeous! Lots of work but well worth it!

Sugar Swings said...

pretty! where do you get your boxes of candy melt?? probably better than buying from michaels as i tend to do!

Paula said...

A lot of work but I'm sure everyone loved them. I know I would. I've always loved chocolate covered marshmallows.

Tammy said...

How wonderful. My grandkids would love this.I found your blog thru a link u from 4youwithlove blog, where you and I were featured. I thought she had a really fantastic idea, so I am making it a point to visit those blogs she featured and pay it forward by following them. Merry Christmas

Donna Huisinga said...

Great instructions. I'd like to taste those marshmallows! Came over from 4youwithlove where I was featured also. My RAKs are to follow all the blogs too. Happy Holidays.

stephanne said...

OMG!! I love everything red velvet! Those looks so yummy and fun! I'm definitely going to have to try to make these! I found you on 4youwithlove where I was featured too.

MLourdes said...

What a wonderful recipe. I love everything Red Velvet!!! I found your post on 4youwithlove where I was also featured. Thanks for sharing. Happy Holidays!!

Mary Ellen said...

YUM! I want a homemade marshmallow now!