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Happy New Year! {Kahlua Marshmallows}

Well here we are toe to toe with 2014.   It’s been a crazy year in our house and a busy year in blog world too.  I’m sitting here with a cup of dark hot chocolate munching on these yummy treats thinking about what’s ahead.

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It’s been a year full of first experiences for me.  I started exercising and ran my first race.  I was published in the launch issue of a national magazine for the first time.  I hand finished some furniture for our home.  I started a new job that brings me immense joy.  I volunteered in my community.   I learned that putting yourself out there can be exhilarating and heartbreaking all at the same time.

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I learned to truly appreciate you too, dear readers.  The sheer love of good food connects us all over the world.   Your comments and questions help this become a better place.  Help me become a better baker, blogger, writer.  Your patience with me through some long silences has really been appreciated.

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Here’s to you my friends.  To a new year full of firsts. More joy, highlights and surprises.  Be kind to one another.   Step out of your comfort zone.  Forgive someone.

I wish you all the best in 2014.

Happy New Year!

Renee

xo

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Kahlua Marshmallows

Note:  The recipe that follows is for the marshmallows only.  I piped the marshmallow kisses on a baking sheet for regular marshmallows as well as on top of shortbread cookies that I dipped in chocolate. A must try!

*adapted from marthastewartweddings.com

  •                                         3 tablespoons cornstarch
  •                                         3 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar
  •                                         Vegetable oil cooking spray for pans
  •                                         1 package (2 1/2 teaspoons) unflavored gelatin
  •                                         1/3 cup Kahlua for gelatin, plus 1/4 cup for syrup
  •                                         1 cup granulated sugar
  •                                         1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Mix cornstarch with confectioners’ sugar in a small bowl. Coat two rimless baking sheets with cooking spray.  Dust with cornstarch mixture to cover completely; shake off excess. Sprinkle gelatin over the Kahlua in a mixer bowl. Let stand to soften, about 5 minutes.
  2. Heat 1/4 cup water and the granulated sugar in a small pan over medium-high heat, stirring, until dissolved. Place a candy thermometer into syrup; wipe sides of pan with a wet pastry brush if crystals have splattered up. Boil, without stirring, until temperature reaches the soft-ball stage (238 degrees). Remove from heat; add to softened gelatin. Hand-stir with the whisk attachment a few seconds to cool; place bowl on mixer stand. Whisk on medium-high until soft peaks form and mixture holds a shape, 8 to 10 minutes.
  3. Whisk in the vanilla .  Transfer mixture to a pastry bag with a round tip and pipe kisses on baking sheets.  Let stand at room temperature until set.

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