March 30, 2010

Homemade Peeps

I love Peeps. They're just so cute and sugary! And come in the best colors. The image below, Peep Show, always makes me giggle.

After browsing cute Easter ideas on marthastewart.com, I discovered a recipe for homemade Peeps. Yum!


Aren't they cute?

Here's how to make them.

Ingredients

Makes about 1 1/2 cups
  • 1 unflavored gelatin (2 1/2 teaspoons)
  • 1/3 cup cold water, for gelatin, plus 1/4 cup for syrup
  • 1 cup sugar

Directions

  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer, sprinkle gelatin over 1/3 cup cold water. Allow gelatin to soften, about 5 minutes.
  2. In a small saucepan, combine 1/4 cup water and sugar, and stir over medium-high heat until sugar is dissolved. Stop stirring, and place a candy thermometer into sugar water; wipe sides of pan with a wet brush if sugar crystals have splattered up. Boil sugar until temperature reaches the soft-ball stage (238 degrees). Remove syrup from heat; add to softened gelatin. Using the whisk attachment of an electric mixer, hand-stir the mixture a few minutes to cool; place bowl on the mixer stand. Beat on medium high with the whisk attachment until soft peaks form and the marshmallow mixture holds shape, 8 to 10 minutes.
  3. Transfer marshmallow mixture to a large (14-inch) pastry bag fitted with a 1/2 inch (No. 11 Ateco) tip, and use immediately.
Step 1

Line a baking sheet with the colored sugar or other coating so you can pipe in assembly-line fashion — the piping process goes quickly.

Fill rimmed baking sheet or small bowls with about 1 1/2 cups sugar. If desired, color white sugar by stirring in luster dust or sparkle dust a little at a time. Pipe shapes onto sugar. Bunnies and chicks must be completed one at a time.

Step 2

For bunnies, pipe a 1 1/4-inch mound about 1/2 inch tall onto sugar. Pipe a small mound on one side for the tail; pipe a larger mound for the head on the opposite side. With a damp finger, pat down any spikes formed from piping the body, tail, and head. Pipe the ears, starting from the top of the head, and pipe onto the body, pulling forward and off to finish. Pat down the spikes on the ears. Working quickly so the marshmallow surface does not dry, use a spoon to cover the entire surface with sugar. Allow a few minutes for the shape to set, and lift out of sugar with a spoon or small offset spatula. Pipe on royal-icing faces with a 1/32-inch (#1 Ateco) icing tip; place in a parchment-lined airtight container until ready to serve, or up to 2 weeks.


Step 3

For chicks, pipe an oval shape about 1 inch wide, tapering the end and pulling upward to finish with the tail. On the opposite end, for the neck and face, pipe a mound about the width of the body, pushing toward tail and up. Pull away from the face to form the beak. Working quickly so the marshmallow surface does not dry, use a spoon to sprinkle sugar over the surface. Allow shape to sit a few minutes to set; lift out of sugar with a spoon or small offset spatula. Make large and small chicks by changing the dimensions.

Who else loves Peeps?


P.S. Thank you so much for the birthday wishes! I had a wonderful day :)
I also had a great time on my D.C. trip with the girls. I have fun cherry blossom pictures to share soon. Can't wait for Easter now!

10 comments:

Trish said...

Oh how cute, I never thought of making your own peeps! Thanks for sharing!

Also - OMG did you see the Washington Post winner of the Peeps 2010 contest - check this out, it was based on "Up" but called "Eep"! Can you stand the cuteness??? XOXO

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/artsandliving/magazine/peeps2010/index.html?hpid=artslot

Black Labs and Lilly said...

I love them dipped in chocolate!!! So good and so simple, just melt some choc chips, dip the peeps and then set them in the fridge to chill!

Bethany said...

So cute! I love to see the Washington Post entries. Peeps are so yummy and are so much fun. xoxo

Princess Freckles said...

Those are SO adorable! Peeps are my father's favorite candy. The day after Easter he buys tons of boxes and eats them for the next month. They always make me think of him!

Southern Living: Preppy Style said...

NO WAY!!!! You mean I can have them all year long now?!?! My absolute most favorite candy ever and until the past couple of years, the only came out at Easter (they had them for Christmas). This.has.made.my.life! HAHA!

Tales From My Empty Nest said...

Leave it to Martha to make homemade Peeps. I would love to try them sometime. Happy Easter! Love & blessings from NC!

Sarah/Sassy said...

So cute!!!

Same Sweet Girl: Memoir of a Southern Belle said...

Ohh wow!!! I never knew you could make Peeps!! I guess I just never thought about it! I'm totally in to homemaking as much as possible! Thanks for the tip!! :)

the pink prep said...

SO adorable!!! my muffy would go crazy if the E Bunny left her home-made peeps!

AK said...

that's awesome! they look great!

 
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