Homemade Peeps (Honey Vanilla Marshmallow Recipe)

Hello everyone, and Happy Easter! I’ve already done a number of Easter-themed recipes including my White Chocolate Mousse-Filled Chocolate Easter Eggs, and Easter Mini Egg Coconut Cupcakes, and this time I’ve decided to take a classic Easter treat and recreate it to my liking. I’m taking Peeps — a popular Marshmallow treat in the shape of ducklings or bunnies in a row, that comes in many colours such as bright yellow and pink. I wanted to make a homemade version that could be easily recreated and made with love.

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The first thing I decided was that I didn’t want my Peeps to come in flourescent yellow. I wanted it to be more of a pastel soft yellow, so I dyed my own sugar by taking a bowl of sugar and adding a little bit of food colouring.

I then swapped out a portion of the sugar in the actual marshmallow recipe for honey since I had just bought a jar from a bee farmer at the One of a Kind Show here in Toronto — I can’t stop adding honey to everything and anything! I added Mexican vanilla extract to my marshmallows as well, but I would highly recommend using vanilla bean paste or vanilla bean seeds if you can get your hands on it. You’ll get such an amazing vanilla flavour! I happen to have a huge jug of Mexican vanilla extract, so I decided to use that instead. I’m definitely not complaining, I love this stuff way too much.

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These marshmallows set fast despite the long curing time, so the piping is the most challenging part. It may get a little messy but it’s definitely a fun challenge. Feel free to watch the full video tutorial below!

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Homemade Peeps (Honey Vanilla Marshmallow Recipe

  • Difficulty: medium
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Ingredients

200g (1 cup) granulated sugar
5 drops yellow food colouring (if making coloured sugar)

7g (1 pack) of unflavoured gelatin
50g (1/5 cup) cold water

100g (1/2 cup) sugar
110g (1/3 cup) pure honey
50g (1/5 cup) cold water
Pinch of salt
5g 1 tsp vanilla extract or 3g (1/2 tsp) vanilla bean paste

Method

  1. If colouring your own sugar, place sugar in a small bowl, and drop in food colouring, then cut through using a fork or whisk to distribute the colour. Sift to isolate the large chunks of food colouring and break them down. Pour the sugar onto a cookie tray in an even layer, this is where you will pipe the peeps onto afterwards.
  2. In the bottom of a stand mixer bowl pour in the first portion of cold water. Sprinkle the unflavoured gelatin over the water and set aside to bloom/absorb the water.
  3. In a small saucepan combine in the sugar, honey, water and salt being careful not to splash sugar onto the sides of the pan.
  4. Place the the bowl with the gelatin into the stand mixer with a whisk attachment and stir on low speed to mix the gelatin.
  5. Bring to a boil on high heat without stirring the sugar syrup mixture. Once the mixture reaches 117C/243F, take off heat and slowly pour into the side of the stand mixer bowl while it is mixing on low speed.
  6. Once all the sugar is in, turn the speed up to high and let it whip for 10-14 min or until stiff peaks and fully cooled. Be sure to add in vanilla extract within the last few minutes of mixing.
  7. Working quickly, scoop the marshmallow mixture into a piping bag with a large plain tip fitted.
  8. Pipe two mounds, the larger one on the bottom for the body of the peep, then a smaller mound on the top edge of the mound for the head of the peep. Make sure to pull away at opposite ends in order to create a peep tail and beak. Pipe them in rows and work quickly as it will become harder to pipe as the marshmallow sets. Sprinkle the ducklings with more coloured sugar.
  9. Let the marshmallows cure/set up for 4 hours or overnight, then enjoy!! Feel free to watch the video tutorial below to see more details.

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