Nosh

Love is in the Air

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Ah, Sweet February with all the pink things!  How I’ve missed your gorgeous hue!  If you’re looking for something extra sweet (and truthfully, 70% air!) you need to check out this recipe for homemade marshmallows.  I added some strawberry jam into this batch and they turned my favourite color with just a faint scent of summer berries.  Floating atop my white hot chocolate they are the perfect treat for someone you love! Love is in the Air!

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Homemade Marshmallows

  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 Tbsp gelatin
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 Tbsp vanilla (or other extract to your taste)
  • 2/3 cup icing sugar for tossing them into after cutting
  • Oil, parchment then oil the parchment and line a 9×13 shallow baking pan.
  • In mixer, dissolve 1/4 cup water and gelatine.
  • In pot, boil sugar, 1/2 cup water and honey until soft ball stage, using a candy thermometer, 240* (this takes 12-15mins)
  • Pour syrup over bloomed gelatine with your mixer on low.  Then mix on hight until triple in volume. (I drape a tea towel over the mixer during high so that it doesn’t make a mess everywhere!)
  • Pour into pan and let set.  Cut and roll into icing sugar.

You can also make these beauties and pipe them out into rosettes or tree figures.  Tint and flavour your mix however you desire! Get creative and see where your tastes take you!  We love rolling cut squares into tinted or toasted coconut and have even tossed them into cocoa powder and melted them up on some graham crackers.  For Christmas we’ve tinted them green and piped trees and frosted them with sprinkles and icing sugar.  This recipe is so easy and fun to make!

Nosh

Sweet Treats for your Sweeties…

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I love making home-made treats to give to people during the holidays and valentines is no exception! Cookies, brownies and small cakes are easy ways to say I love you and with a few heart-shaped cookie cutters or small baking tins you can easily give a gift that comes straight from the heart!

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My go-to, absolutely hands-down favourite sugar cookie recipe is so easy to make.  It is fail-proof and the cookies are always so yummy.  I love the dough as it’s easy to roll out and my little guy likes to help me use cookie cutters of many styles to form the cookies.  I generally use royal icing with a hint of almond extract to ice my cookies and then enlist the help of small hands to help me decorate.  This year we went with a traditional conversation heart theme for our Valentine’s Day treats and I love how they turned out!

Here’s the recipe I use (which I typically half):

  • 1 lb butter, softened to room temp.
  • 3 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla (I usually add more)
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 5 cups flour
  • Mix butter, sugar and eggs until light and fluffy (5 mins).  Add vanilla and salt and then add the flour in two batches.  Mix until just incorporated. Chill 2 hours (this step I often eliminate due to my impatient nature), cut or roll into desired shapes and bake at 325* until golden on the edges.  Cool then ice if desired.

Mix up a quick batch of your own and share them with your loves this holiday!  I’m telling you, nothing says I love you like something made with your own two hands (and especially with the help of two more little hands!)