Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Nothing Beats Homemade Marshmallows!
Once you’ve tried a homemade marshmallow, you will find it difficult to eat store-bought ones. This delicious confection is wonderful in a cup of hot cocoa, Rocky Road Fudge, or any recipe that uses marshmallows. Or just simply eat them plain. These are not difficult to make, but they are a little messy since the marshmallow mixture is sticky.
Did you know that I love candy, and marshmallows are easy to make? And magic? Similar to beating egg whites into fluffy, big meringues, making marshmallows takes a syrup of water, corn syrup, and sugar combined with a few packets of gelatin, and makes something delicious and fluffy and sticky and huge.
I've made it a few times and really, it's awesome. And fairly easy. And impresses people, how many people do you know that make marshmallows?
Marshmallows, Made From Scratch
½ c. cold water
3 ¼ oz. envelopes unflavored gelatin
2 c. sugar
2/3 c. corn syrup
¼ tsp. salt
½ c. water
2 tsp. vanilla
½ c. potato starch or corn starch
½ c. powdered sugar
Dissolve the gelatin in the bowl of your mixer (not hand-held! You need a heavy-duty stand mixer! And with a whisk attachment) with the first ½ c cold water. Let sit for about 15 minutes, while you make a syrup from the sugar, corn syrup, salt and water. Cook over medium heat until sugar dissolves, and then bring to a boil and cook for about 8 minutes (to 240 degrees, but I've never temp it, just gone with 8 minutes). Turn your mixer onto low (by this point, all your gelatin should have dissolved in the water) and slowly and carefully pour the hot syrup down the side of the bowl into the gelatin. Slowly (seriously, otherwise hot liquid will splash all over and it will hurt) turn the mixer up to high, and then go do something else, like wash your dishes or eat some pizza. Oh, but first, line a 13x9 pan with foil, and grease the foil. Once your syrupy mix has turned into a lot of fluffy white stuff (about the consistency of Fluff), scrape it into your pan, smoothing the top, or just slamming the pan down onto the counter. Walk away for about 4 hours, maybe go see a movie, and then come back and mix your corn/potato starch and confectioners sugar in a bowl. Dust a work surface with that mix, then turn the marshmallow rectangle out onto it, and carefully peel off the foil. Dust the bottom (now top) and then cut into strips, dusting each side as you cut, and then into cubes, dusting as you go. These keep for a while.