Friday, February 10, 2012

Homemade Marshmallows

YUM!! When my children were young, this was a favorite!

One taste and you will never want to eat store bought marshmallows again!

Homemade Vanilla Marshmallows

You need:
3 pkgs. unflavored gelatin
1 C. ice water
1 1/2 C. sugar
1 C. light corn syrup (*or alternative)
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla extract
powdered sugar

1. Place gelatin in bowl of mixer and add 1/2 C. cold water. Do not stir. Let sit and allow to "bloom".
"bloomed" gelatin
2. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan combine remaining 1/2 C. water, sugar, corn syrup and salt.  Stir to combine.  Place over medium heat and cook (without stirring) until mixture reaches 240 degrees (soft ball stage) on a candy thermometer. Immediately remove from heat.

3. Turn mixer on lowest speed and SLOWLY and CAREFULLY pour the sugar mixture down the side of the bowl into the gelatin mixture.
Adding sugar syrup

4. Once you have added all they sugar mixture, slowly increase the speed of the mixture to high.  Whip until mixture becomes thick and is lukewarm. (this takes about 12-15 minutes).   Add vanilla in the last minute or two of mixing.
Whipped marshmallow mixture
5. While the mixture is whipping, prepare a 9x13 pan. Spritz lightly with cooking spray and then coat with powdered sugar.
prepared pan
6. When mixture is cool, use a greased spatula to transfer mixture to pan.  Smooth the top of the mixture and then coat with powdered sugar.
Mixture in pan

7. Let rest, uncovered, for at least 4 hours or overnight. Remove marshmallows from pan on lightly dusted counter or cutting board.
Marshmallows removed from pan

8.  Using a pizza cutter,cut into desired size squares and roll in powdered sugar. 

~You can use any type of extract for these.  Try almond, maple or lemon!

~Add a few drops of food coloring to the mixture as it is whipping for even prettier marshmallows.

~This can be a little hard on your mixer, I actually burned the motor out of my first Kitchen Aid mixer making marshmallows