Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Homemade Marshmallows

  • Vegetable oil, for brushing
  • 4 unflavored gelatin, (3 tablespoons plus 1 1/2 Teaspoons)
  • 3 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups light corn syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar

Directions

  1. Brush a 9-by-13-inch glass baking dish with oil. Line with parchment, allowing a 2-inch overhang on the long sides. Brush parchment with oil; set aside.
  2. Put granulated sugar, corn syrup, salt, and 3/4 cup water into a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring to dissolve sugar. Cook, without stirring, until mixture registers 238 degrees; on a candy thermometer, about 9 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, put 3/4 cup cold water into the bowl of an electric mixer; sprinkle with gelatin. Let soften 5 minutes.
  4. Attach bowl with gelatin to mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. With mixer on low speed, beat hot syrup into gelatin mixture. Gradually raise speed to high; beat until mixture is very stiff, about 12 minutes. Beat in vanilla. Pour into prepared dish, and smooth with an offset spatula. Set aside, uncovered, until firm, about 3 hours.
  5. Sift 1 cup confectioners' sugar onto a work surface. Unmold marshmallow onto confectioners' sugar; remove parchment. Lightly brush a sharp knife with oil, then cut marshmallow into 2-inch squares. Sift remaining 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar into a small bowl, and roll each marshmallow in the sugar to coat. Marshmallows can be stored in an airtight container up to 3 days.
(i didn't say these puppies were good for you)

3 comments:

Mike said...

Is this special vegetarian gelatin? If so, will the recipe work with regular cow derived gelatin? I know I should do make vegetarian food choices- but the combination of wanting more protein and being super lazy really combine against that.

Lucky Red Hen said...

What is the benefit of making your own marshmallows? Is there something in store-bought that is worse for you than the homemade version? It's such a neat idea and I love that you make them into little hearts :O)

nie nie said...

mike, you better believe it.
if you eat vegetables, you get enough protien...come on!

lucky-dont you just like the idea of eating homemade rather than anything packaged? i do, plus you can make them into little hearts!