So while I have made it my summer goal to quit sugar, before I did that, I discovered an incredibly bad, dangerous, not good to know about recipe for homemade fluff.
This made two pint containers, one of which I gave to my mum. She ate it in two sittings and then called me, emailed me and texted me to say, “NEVER MAKE THIS AGAIN.”
I kept one pint and it lasted for about two weeks and then it got sort of grainy and not good. Don’t tell my mum but I may have had to throw it out. Apparently I can resist some sugar, if it is in the form of fluff. But don’t let that stop you– it was super good.
I made it as part of a dessert I brought to a friend’s house over Memorial Day weekend. She and her husband are doing a gluten-free thing to see if it helps them and so I made gluten-free peanut butter cookie sandwiches filled with fluff and chocolate. They were damn good.
1 cup white granulated sugar (not confectioner’s)
4 egg whites, at room temperature
1/3 cup water
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar (Full disclosure: I left this out)
*special equipment: candy thermometer
In a medium saucepan combine the water, sugar and cream of tartar. Bring it to a boil but don’t stir it! Put the candy thermometer in and watch it closely while it boils- it should take about five minutes. When it comes to 245 degrees Fahrenheit, take it off the heat.
While your sugar water is boiling and coming up to temperature, put the egg whites into the bowl of a stand mixer. Beat them until they start to thicken and form soft peaks.
Set a timer for 7 minutes. Now, very carefully and slowly, pour the sugar syrup into the egg white mixture, while the mixer is going. Let it whip for the whole seven minutes and in minute six, add the vanilla. The fluff will be just that- fluffy and white and delicious.
If you’re interested in making the cookie sandwiches, which I found to be quite tasty, you can use this peanut butter cookie recipe.
I also made a basic chocolate ganache. Click here for a great tutorial on the different ways to make it.
Then, I just put them together.