Delicate floral flavors combined in these delicious airy Lavender Rose Marshmallows.
There’s a sign – when Ben starts posting marshmallow recipes, this means summer is officially over. Just kidding, though. I posted the recipe for these Coffee Hazelnut Cardamom Marshmallows some time ago. Besides, although a grilling season is about to be over, I cannot say this about marshmallows. You don’t need fire to enjoy these Lavender Rose Marshmallows. Instead, drop a few in your hot chocolate or even coffee for a warm cozy treat.
Talking about grilling season, this true story happened to me last year. We were going to a cottage, and since we didn’t have a grill at home (Well, we haven’t got it yet), I was excited to grill some delicious food. I had checked my favorite blogs and picked a few great recipes. Also, I had made some marshmallows.
There’s one crucial thing in this story. I’ve got quite a bad summer allergy. It’s been for 4 years. It starts all of a sudden somewhere in the mid of June and stops abruptly in September.
So, when we were on our way to the cottage, I found out I had forgotten my medicine which meant I would start suffering the next day. We stopped at a drug store, and I grabbed the first familiar brand which was on sale not having read what was said on its package.
Next morning I prepared our delicious breakfast (Eggs, maple bacon, and English muffins) and took a pill. Ten minutes later I would desperately want to sleep. “Fresh air”, I thought at first. When the second cup of coffee didn’t help me, I had that subtle feeling I should check the pill’s package.
The package was proudly (and loudly) declaring: DROWSY.
Drowsy? Are you kidding me? Having bought many packages of antihistamine medicine, I had seen only non-drowsy. I had forgotten such a thing still existed!
But that was too late to regret. I needed a nap. Once I had my first nap, I was ready for another. Needless to say, that wasn’t that pleasant napping I often enjoy; however, I literally wasn’t able to open my eyes. So, while the others were kayaking, I was sleeping…and sleeping for a 3 or 4 hours…but no longer than 5.
By the time we started to make dinner, I felt much better. I even participated a little by sitting outside and yawning. Moreover, I even made a dessert (grilled fruit with grilled pound cake served with ice cream). After dinner, I felt so energized that I even wanted to go for a little stroll. Well, that walk didn’t last long. In fact, it lasted for about 14 minutes 29 seconds. And guess what? Exhausted and needed another nap!
On Sunday that lovely side effect wasn’t that strong. There’s another thing. That happened to be a rainy gloomy day. It wasn’t even raining – drizzling that gives you a cold and damp feeling.
And guess what? I often feel sleepy on such days! Need I say more? Trust me, that was the weekend full of napping!
The good point about it is that the weekend was full of some delicious food too (Although I don’t remember it in details thanks to being a sleepyhead).
The moral of this story is simple. Read the info on packages, my friends. Also, it’s also a good idea to make some scrumptious Lavender Rose Marshmallows and then grill it or drop in your hot chocolate.
- 3 tablespoons unflavored gelatin
- 2/3 cup cold water, divided
- 1 cup corn syrup
- 1,5 cups sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon (or more to taste) lavender extract
- 1 teaspoon (or more, to tatse) rose water
- food coloring, optional
- 1/2 cup mixture of corn starch and powdered sugar or more if needed, for dusting
- cooking spray, for greasing
- In a small bowl combine the gelatin, vanilla extract, rose water, lavender extract, and 1/2 amount of the water. Set aside.
- In a large saucepan set up the thermometer. Combine the corn syrup, sugar, and the remaining water and slightly mix just to incorporate the sugar into the wet components. Bring the mixture to a boil. Continue cooking over medium heat (do not mix!) until the thermometer reaches the "soft candy stage" or 238-240 degrees F. Immediately remove from heat.
- Working quickly, beat about 1 cup hot syrup into the gelatin mixture at slow speed.
- As soon as the syrup has incorporated, add the remaining syrup and the food coloring (if desired) and increase speed to maximum. Beat until the mixture is thick (it should form gentle peaks), fluffy and glossy, for about 7-10 (It may requite a little less or more time) minutes.
- In a meanwhile, coat a baking pan (8x8 inch or less, for thicker layer) with the cooking spray. Generously dust the form with the mixture of the starch and sugar powdered.
- As soon as you have finished whipping the cream, pour it into the prepared pan and smooth the top with a spatula. Dust the top with the additional starch. Let it stand for at least 3-4 hours, until firm to a touch. Remove from the pan and slice into desired size cubes (I used a pizza knife).