• Maggie Fekete

Experience House-made Marshmallows & Hot Chocolate!

Updated: Nov 3


* SPOKEN WORD *


Honestly, close to 35.5 years have passed and I've never once thought about making marshmallows from scratch until my recent stay at my parent's Bed & Breakfast!


Depending on your location on the map The Hummingbird offers a wonderful get-a-way or staycation; secluded in the woods on 11 acres in the Welsh Hills of Granville, Ohio! One might think the private cabin was perfectly crafted with COVID in mind but in fact Daina and Jason have been categorized as Superhosts for years! To date 98 reviews assigning them 4.99 stars out of 5; practically perfect in every way!


As if a beautiful cabin and a comfortable place to rest the head was not enough they offer full service, made to order meals (not just breakfast), speciality coffees, pastries, desserts, and now seven experiences!


When I last visited W Farm I found Daina and Jason preparing for two upcoming experiences; a fire-pit with s'more love! Jason gathers the hardwood from the tree farm to set the stage for a romantic evening! Now, their in the kitchen turning the campfire classic into a gourmet treat with their mouth-watering artisanal marshmallows! The guests about to check-in have chosen to spend their evening together by the fire; enjoying the warmth and this classic delight. A perfect pairing with Autumn in Ohio!



Without hesitation I became their shadows; watching their every move as they revealed their process and recipe for house-made marshmallows! As a former personal chef, they let me participate a little and of course they're aware I'm sharing with you!


(Step 1) Gather Essentials: organic ingredients if possible, at least NON-GMO Project Verified!

-1 cup 100% pure maple syrup

-1/3 cup cold water

-1 tablespoon powdered gelatin

-1 bag of powdered sugar for insurance (amount is subjective)

-1 container of earth balance coconut spread for insurance (amount is subjective)


Needed Equipment:

-candy thermometer

-saucepan with deep sides

-loaf pan

-spatula

-parchment paper

-electric mixer

-cutting board

-sifter

-long sharp knife


(Step 2) using coconut spread, butter loaf pan, line with parchment paper, and add sifted powdered sugar.



(Step 3) add water and gelatin into the bowl of the electric mixer.


(Step 4) using your candy thermometer and deep saucepan, boil maple syrup until the soft ball stage has been reached (235 degrees fahrenheit) then remove from heat. *No need to stir but be sure to watch this step closely as you don't want the maple syrup to boil over or burn!


(Step 5) initiate electric mixer on low to combine water and gelatin. Then slowly add in hot syrup. Increase speed to high until a stiff peak stage has been reached. Estimated beat time is 10 minutes.



(Step 6) instantly transfer mixture into your prepared loaf pan with spatula. *Clean all equipment right away to avoid an unfortunate sticky mess!



(Step 7) at room temperature let your marshmallows achieve a firm state by sitting for 24 hours before plans for enjoyment!


(Step 8) cover cutting board with powdered sugar. Invert firm marshmallow onto cutting board from loaf pan using parchment paper assist. Slowly and gently remove parchment paper and sift entire creation with additional powdered sugar.


(Step 9) using knife cut marshmallows into cubes, you determine desired size. To prevent sticking dust all sides with sifted powdered sugar. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks!

Daina and Jason know how very much I love a freshly made hot cup of chocolate so they added this to my experience; another perfect pairing as the cooler temperatures settle into the north!


(Step 1) Gather Essentials: organic ingredients if possible, at least NON-GMO Project Verified!

-2 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk

-1 tablespoon 100% cocoa

-1 tablespoon honey

-house-made marshmallows to taste (recipe above)

-small saucepan


(Step 2) in a small saucepan dissolve cocoa into milk. A continuous stir helps to avoid burning.



(Step 3) transfer hot chocolate to your favorite large mug, stir in honey, and add marshmallows on top! Have patience, let the marshmallows melt to create a sweet foam on top of your hot chocolate!


(Step 4) Enjoy! I raise my hot cup of chocolate with melted house-made marshmallows to adventure, travel, and unforgettable experiences!


If you're in search of a secluded retreat to nature where you're certain to experience impeccable service and hospitality; look no further, visit The Hummingbird at W Farm in Granville, Ohio! I know without a shadow of a doubt that Daina and Jason will take the very best care of you and those you cherish most!


Peace, Love, & Everlasting Protection!


Namaste,


Maggie

* Traveling to W Farm in Granville, Ohio *


Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.

-Robert Frost

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