How to make your very own Peeps
Want to fill those lovely baskets with something other than plastic eggs and jelly beans? Try making your very own Peeps at home. Not only is it fun, but you can’t beat the creamy taste of homemade marshmallow. Watch this video that unlocks the secret to making those fluffy little chicks. A detailed recipe is below. Enjoy!
The Ingredient List:
1/3 cup water
2 tablespoons glucose (light corn syrup)
1 1/8 cup sugar
2 packets (14 grams) gelatin – Dissolve in 1/3 cup water
-or- 7 gelatin sheets and water for soaking
4 egg whites
¼ cup + 1 teaspoon of sugar
Step One: Heat the sugar syrup mixture
In a small saucepan combine the first measurement of sugar, water, and glucose, and attach a candy thermometer, or have one on hand. Heat to 116 degrees Celsius.
In a small bowl combine the gelatin and the 1/3 cup of water, stir until dissolved; let stand.
Step Two: Start the meringue mixture
(while the syrup continues to heat)
Put the egg whites in the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. When the syrup mixture reaches 116 degrees Celsius, begin mixing the whites.
Once the whites become frothy and bubbly slowly add half of the sugar, and continue mixing. When the whites become opaque and the whisk is leaving grooves in them, add the second half of the sugar.
Step Three: Check the sugar syrup mixture
At this point take the temperature of the boiling sugar syrup again; it should be 126 degrees Celsius. Turn off the heat and add the gelatin, stir together.
Step Four: Add the syrup to the meringue
With the mixer still running, slowly pour the sugar syrup down the side of the bowl. Make sure not to get it on the whisk as it may fly out of the bowl!
Continue mixing until the mixture has cooled to 25 degrees Celsius. At this point the peeps are ready to be piped.
Load a piping bag with a medium-sized round tip and fill with marshmallow mix. Work quickly as the marshmallow will stiffen in a few short minutes!
Step Five: Make the Peeps
On a piece of waxed paper pipe a teardrop shape; this is the base of the chick.
Turn the paper around and then, on the widest part of the teardrop, pipe the peep’s head. Release pressure at the top and pull the bag towards you. This will give you a pointed beak.
Cover in colored sugar, shake, and pour off extra sugar.
The recipe makes about 24 peeps.