Poland library teaches how to make marshmallows
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Neighbors | Zack Shively .Librarian Missy Williams demonstrated how to make do-it-yourself marshmallows on Aug. 24 in the Poland library.
Neighbors | Zack Shively.Missy Williams mixed sugar syrup and gelatin together for the homemade marshmallows she made at Poland library on Aug. 24.
Neighbors | Zack Shively .Missy Williams made an entire betch of marshmallows for the group at Poland library. She used a pizza cutter sprinkled in cornstarch to cut the marshmallow into pieces.
Neighbors | Zack Shively .Librarian Missy Williams greeted people with samples of her DIY marshmallows at the start of her class at the Poland library on Aug. 24.
By ZACK SHIVELY
A class at Poland library learned how to make do-it-yourself homemade marshmallows on Aug. 24.
Librarian Missy Williams led a class where she demonstrated how to make a batch of marshmallows using a recipe from Alton Brown on the Food Network website. She placed two wrapped-up sample marshmallows in bag on the desks for people to eat when they came in. The sample also showed the learners what the recipe would look, feel and taste like.
Williams had to set up her demonstration at the library, so she made due with a portable cooker as opposed to a stove top in order to cook ingredients together to make a sugar syrup. She also used an automatic stand mixer, which mixed the syrup with gelatin for fifteen minutes. During this process, she added a vanilla extract to add flavor. She then poured the mixture into a container.
She could not show make the full recipe before us since the mix needs to sit out for 45 minutes to grow into a marshmallow slab. She had prepared another batch and removed the large slab from the container. The recipe then asks to cut the marshmallow into smaller pieces. Williams used a pizza cutter to cut it up. The pizza cutter needed to be sprinkled with cornstarch so the cutter did not get stuck in the marshmallow. The class ate the batch of marshmallows after the presentation. Williams suggested different changes in the recipe to change the flavor. Instead of using vanilla extract, the cook can easily substitute lemon or peppermint to change the taste to those flavors. Similarly, someone could add juice instead of water while making the sugar syrup, which will give the marshmallows a taste like Circus Peanuts. The creator could also roll the marshmallows in sugar to make them similar to Peeps.
Williams instructed that, like candy making, the recipe is very temperature sensitive, so the cook needs to pay attention when cooking. She also said that the recipe has a trail and error element to it. Willaims teaches cooking lessons somewhat regularly at the library.
The next event will be a bread making class on Nov. 20.