Depressing turn of phrase, but oh so true.
Nothing much is growing in northeast Ohio.
No major holidays or celebrations.
Activities are at a minimum.
Around now I try to look for anything to boost morale, including making a big deal out of a little holiday called Valentines Day.
It's a holiday devoted to love!
Who doesn't love that?
Ok. A lot of people.
It's cheesy and commercialized.
It's silly and frivolous.
We should express our love everyday, not just in mid February.
I get it.
But, it's February and we need a reason to celebrate, so I'm going for it.
I hope you drape everything in pink, cut out a million paper hearts and make these special treats.
Cheese is good, in moderation.
I often make these at other times of the year without cutting them into heart shapes, so if you're short on time, skip that part and just use a knife and cut them into squares.
2 1/2 Tablespoons unflavored gelatin
1 1/2 cup sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 Tablespoons pure vanilla extract
Confectioners sugar-for dusting
Chocolate wafers-for melting
- Combine gelatin and 1/2 cup cold water in the bowl of an electric mixer. Let this stand while you prepare the rest of the recipe.
- In medium size heavy saucepan, combine granulated sugar, corn syrup, salt and 1/2 cup of water. Cook over low heat until sugar has dissolved.
- Wash down the sides of the pan with a wet pastry brush to dissolve sugar crystals.
- Clip on a candy thermometer and cook on high without stirring until the syrup reaches 244 degrees.
- Immediately remove pan from heat.
- With mixer on low speed, slowly pour the hot syrup into the gelatin mixture.
- Add vanilla.
- Increase speed to high. Beat until the mixture is very thick, white and has tripled in volume. Approximately 15 minutes.
- Generously dust a 9x13 pan with confectioners sugar.
- Pour marshmallow mixture into prepared pan and smooth into an even surface. Dust the top with confectioners sugar and let dry overnight.
- Using a heart cookie cutter, cut hearts out of marshmallow.
- Melt chocolate wafers in the microwave 30 seconds at a time, stirring each time until melted.
- Using a toothpick, pierce the side of the marshmallow heart and dip in chocolate. Let excess chocolate drip off and place finished heart on waxed paper to dry.