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Name:Beet Marshmallows Contributor:Jocelyn McAuley
Description:these cool little mallows evoke the sugar'ed memories of halloween candy while adding a more earthy note Posted:2006-10-23
Key words:beets, allspice, marshmallow, cookoff Category:Desserts
ID:793 Updated:2006-11-15 10:02:16
Ingredients:half recipe amounts also noted

gelatin envelopes: 4 (2)
water: 3/4 c (1/4 c + 2 Tbsp)
vanilla extract: 1/2 tsp (1/4 tsp)
beet powder: 2 Tbsp (1 Tbsp)
allspice: 1/4 tsp (1/8 tsp)
orange oil: 5 drops (2 drops)

sugar: 3 c (1-1/2 c)
water: 3/4 c (1/4 c + 2 T)
corn syrup: 1 c (1/2 c)
maple syrup: 1/4 c (2Tbsp)
salt: 1/2 tsp (pinch)

rice flour
confectioners sugar
Preparation:Line a 9 x 13 inch (half: 8 x 8) pan and a loaf pan with parchment paper. Coat the paper with vegetable oil or non-stick spray.

Fit a stand mixer with the whisk attachment. In the mixer bowl, combine the 3/4 c of water (half: 1/2 c plus 2 Tbsp) with vanilla extract, beet powder, allspice, and orange flavoring. Sprinkle the gelatin over the liquid to bloom (soften).

Add the sugar, salt, corn syrup, maple syrup and remaining 3/4 c water (half: 1/2 c plus 2 Tbsp) to a heavy saucepan. Bring to a boil with the lid on and without stirring. When this mixture is at a boil, remove the lid and continue to cook without stirring until it reaches the soft-ball stage (234-240 F).

With the mixer at medium speed, pour all of the hot syrup slowly down the side of the bowl into the awaiting gelatin mixture. Be careful as the hot syrup is very liquid and hot at this point and some may splash out of the bowl - use a splashguard if you have one. When all of the syrup is added, bring the mixer up to full speed.

Whip until the mixture is very fluffy and stiff, about 8-10 minutes. Pour marshmallow into the parchment-lined pans and smooth with an oiled offset spatula if necessary. Allow the mixture to sit, uncovered at room temp for 10 to 12 hours*.

Mix equal parts rice flour and confectioners sugar with a tablespoon of beet powder and sift generously over the rested marshmallow slab. Turn the slab out onto a cutting board, peel off paper and dust with more sugar/starch mixture. Slice with a pizza cutter into desired shapes. Dip all cut edges in sugar/starch mixture and shake off excess powder.

Marshmallows will keep several weeks at room temp in an air-tight container. Actually- its pretty difficult to make these go stale, I've tried without much success.
Notes:*do not refrigerate- allow to set up at room temperature.

#1 Replace first measure of water (with which the gelatin is bloomed) with 1/2 c (half:1/4 c) fruit puree and 1/2 c (1/4 c) of water.
#2 Replace one third of the sugar with ground up flavored sugar candies. lemon heads, butterscotch candy, red hots...
Equipment:stand mixer, candy thermometer

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