December 17, 2010

Homemade Marshmallows

This is one our favorite family traditions. We love to make our own marshmallows and the have hot chocolate together. I usually make these the night before or the morning of--you don't need to cover them while letting them cool. I can store the excess for a couple of weeks in a ziplock bag.
  • 3 packages (3/4 ounces) unflavored gelatin 
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 dash salt
  • 2/3 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla 
Dusting powder: 
     1/2 cup powdered sugar 
     4 tablespoons cornstarch
    • In a bowl, sprinkle the gelatin over 3/4 cup water. Let it sit until all the water has been absorbed, about 10 minutes.   
    • Meanwhile, line a 9-by-13-inch cake pan (They turn out about an inch thick ) with nonstick foil or parchment. (not wax paper)--I like to dust my parchment with the dusting powder. For thinner marshmallows I use a jelly roll or cookie sheet. They turn out about 1/2" thick this way. 
    • In a saucepan over medium heat, stir the sugar, salt, and corn syrup into 1/4 cup water for a few minutes until the sugar dissolves. 
    • Increase heat to high, attach a candy thermometer to the pan, and boil until the mixture reaches 220° F.
    • Quickly stir in the vanilla.
    • Immediately pour the syrup mixture over the gelatin mixture, whisking constantly until the result is light and fluffy and has tripled in size. (15-20 min) --I just use my hand mixer.
    • Scrape the mixture into the prepared pan and let cool at room temperature.
    • Meanwhile, combine the powdered sugar and cornstarch to make dusting powder and sprinkle it onto a cutting board. When the marshmallow mixture is cool, turn it out of the pan onto the board.
    • Dip cookie cutters into the dusting powder and cut out shapes--small cutters work best for hot chocolate marshmallows.  They turn out about an inch thick. I also use my kitchen scissors to cut them up into small squares. Just dip all stick edges into the dusting powder to prevent sticking.

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