4.19.2011

Homemade Peeps


Jen and I had another baking date a few weeks ago, and we decided to try to recreate that well-known Easter treat: Peeps! I find that people either love Peeps, love stale Peeps, or steer clear of them. I fall into the second category. Give me a box of Peeps that has been sitting open for a week, and I'm a happy girl. Homemade Peeps, however, changed my mind a bit. I even liked them fresh.

Jen found a recipe for marshmallow for piping and some pictures detailing how to create Peeps. While we started out thinking we might make chicks and bunnies, we had enough fun just trying to make chicks that looked like chicks that we never got to the bunnies.

We both agreed that creating the Peeps would have been easier if we could have found a video showing us how to make them, so we created a video to make it easy for you to learn how to make Peeps (see below).


Homemade Peeps (adapted from Martha Stewart Living and Serious Eats)

Ingredients

1 packet (2 1/2 teaspoons) unflavored gelatin
1/3 cup cold water, for gelatin
1/4 cup cold water, for syrup
1 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
Pinch of salt
Colored sugars

Preparation

Line a sheet pan with parchment paper or foil, and set aside (you'll place your finished Peeps on it).

In bowl of electric mixer, sprinkle gelatin over 1/3 cup cold water. Allow gelatin to soften, about 5 minutes.

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. Boil sugar until temperature reaches the soft-ball stage (238 degrees). Stir in vanilla and salt.

Remove syrup from heat, and pour into bowl with softened gelatin. Using the whisk attachment of an electric mixer, hand-stir the mixture, just to cool it slightly. Then attach the whisk, and beat on medium-high with the whisk attachment until soft peaks form and the marshmallow mixture holds shape, 8 to 10 minutes.


Transfer marshmallow mixture to a large pastry bag (14-inch, preferably disposable) fitted with a small tip (such as Ateco #11), and use immediately (seriously, immediately -- the marshmallow starts to firm up pretty quickly).


To pipe the Peeps: Spread a small circle of colored sugar on your work surface.


Begin by piping an oval, tapering the end and pulling upward to form the tail.



At the opposite end, pipe the head by piping a mound and pushing back toward the tail and up and then pulling away to form the beak.


Toss sugar on the chick to coat completely, and transfer to a parchment- or foil-lined sheet pan.


For a better visual, check out our video.



What is your favorite Easter candy? (Mine is definitely Cadbury Mini Eggs.)

17 comments:

  1. I don't really like Easter candy! But these are super cute, very well done!

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  2. I don't love Peeps but you and Jen did an AWESOME job making homemade ones! My favorite Easter candy are definitely the full-size and mini Cadbury eggs!

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  3. SUPER cute!!! I bet these taste 1000 times better than the originals too! I've been wanting to make homemade marshmallows for so long now..need to do it!
    I also LOVE cadbury mini eggs! They are like crack. But I also need my obligatory bag of jelly beans too :)

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  4. This was a lot of fun, but I doubt I'd ever do it again! Even the ugly ones tasted great. Mine never got stale (I'm a stale Peeps fan too).

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  5. These are adorable! I recently bought the peanut butter Easter egg M&Ms, and they are my new favorite candy!

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  6. This is the best thing I've seen on a blog in a long time. I love these squishy, sugary treats (ate some yesterday) and can't believe you managed to make them yourself. Amazing!

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  7. so I just watched the vid on Jen's blog but I love that you guys decided to do that! such a great step by step process. I like peeps but I'm sort of in the "I can only eat one before they become to sweet / give me a stomach ache" category. weird i know!

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  8. These are so impressive...I would definitely have to work many hours on my piping skills in order to achieve anything like you got...So Cute!

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  9. Adorable, I love peeps myself.

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  10. Eeeee! I was just wondering the other night if this was possible. So fun. Love peeps, especially a few days old and a little stale. You are so talented to make your own!

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  11. Do they expand in the microwave like regular peeps?

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  12. SO impressive, I absolutely love peeps! I guarantee mine wouldn't look that good though :)

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    God bless you and have a nice Easter :-)

    ~Ron

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  14. How cute! I'm not a peep lover but it would be fun to make them. Thanks for teaching us how!

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  15. I'm impressed beyond belief! And I love the pink and yellow colors.

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  16. Baking dates sound like such fun :) I love the peeps that come out of yours...they look fantastic! I would never have thought to make these homemade!

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  17. Despite not celebrating Easter, my family always had Peeps around... Over the years, though, I've learned that homemade are WAY better than what they sell in the store.

    Great post!

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