Sunday, December 09, 2007

Costly cooking

Christmas cooking can be a costly business. Because I am not sure the whisk attachment of my Magimix was built to take the strain of a batch of homemade marshmallows. Halfway through, it started making a grinding of metal on metal noise and I had to finish off with the hand held beater. I'm too afraid to check if the damage is terminal.


Because, if it is, they may yet prove to be the most expensive marshmallows of all time. As I type, they are setting on a couple of baking trays. I also have my doubts about whether they will ever come off.


But the boys have pronounced them fabulous.

Or the mixture anyway. What's not to like about pure sugar with a touch of gelatin? Now excuse me while I try to clear up...

16 comments:

greetingarts said...

Oooh, I'm waiting with bated breath to hear the verdict, they look absolutely amazing and fluffy and innocent, how could they have managed to screw up your mixer? Hope all is well and that the marshmallows were perfect...

Cathy said...

I've been meaning to have a go at making marshmallows for ages as they are my favourite sweet ever. The recipe I have got says "You'll never eat another bought one once you've tried these", so sounds promising. Hope yours turn out ok.
Cathy XX

kristina said...

Yum! I've been dying to make marshmallows for ages (a la Jane Brocket and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall), but it takes me a while to work up my courage sometimes :) Fingers crossed your mixer is okay...

driftwood said...

they sound wonderful, and very sticky!

. said...

Regardless of the marshmallow result, Ali - your nails are gorgeous!

Kitty said...

Wow - I've never heard of anyone making their own marshmallows before - they look rather fine.

Hope the magimix is ok. :-) x

PS the Capcha is jicasm ... sounds like an affliction.

julie said...

ooooh yum! looks deliciously sticky and gooey - good luck getting it off the baking trays and especially good luck with your mixer, here's hoping it makes a full recovery!

Junie Moon said...

I use my heavy-duty KitchenAid mixer for making homemade marshmallows or divinity as I've burned up too many hand-held mixers trying to make this stuff.

I'm glad your results were pronounced good.

meg said...

marshmallows are a bear to clean up. I had little marshmallow icicles hanging from my cuboards for many weeks after I made them

Louise said...

Yummy I have always wanted to make marshmallow - well done!

Joanna Butchart said...

you brave brave woman making marshmallows

Lesley said...

I hope they work out. They certainly look good! I do not envy you the clearing up one little bit!
If yours work I may have to try them too - I'll wait to hear the verdict on the Magimix first ;)

Lucy Locket-Pocket said...

All I can say is good luck! Good luck with the cleaning up and good luck with restoring the Magimix! Lucy x

alice c said...

Be careful - if the marshmallows taste too good it will become a family tradition - and then you will have to have a new Magimix for Christmas every year.

Lina said...

I had no idea you could even make these, such is the limit of my baking "knowledge". Enjoyed your meme by the way!

weirdbunny said...

Oh I've never made homemade marshmallows before, how delicious ! You should have borrowed my kenwood chef, they are indestructible !