Friday, December 16, 2011

Homemade Marshmallows

I tried a new recipe for my family baking day last Saturday...Homemade marshmallows! I was a bit apprehensive...thinking that they would be soo sticky, messy and time consuming...but they weren't AT ALL! They were so delicious and I know that I will be making them all winter to go on top of a mug of hot chocolate. Here's the recipe!

Homemade Marshmallows
3 envelopes unflavored gelatin
1 cup of cold water, divided
2 cups sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
1/8 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
Line a 9X13" pan with foin and spray with cooking spray. In your mixer bowl sprinkle gelatin over 1/2 cup of water; set aside. In a large, heavy saucepan, combine the sugar, corn syrup, salt and remaining water. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Cook without stirring until a candy thermometer ready 240 degrees. Remove from the heat and gradually add to the gelatin. Beat on high speed until mixture is thick and volume doubled, about 15 minutes or so. Beat in the vanilla. Spread into a prepared pan (you're going to want to spray your spatula with cooking spray so that everything doesn't stick to it!). Cover and let sit for 6 hours or overnight. Using foil, lift marshmallows out of the pan. With a knife or pizza cutter coated with cooking spray cut into 1" squares.
Feel free to dip them into garnishes or drizzle with toppings!
**Variation** To make mini marshmallows, put mixture into a ziploc bag and cut the corner off. Make your own designs, and enjoy!
Once they were cut, I made sure to shake them in a bag of powdered sugar so they didn't stick together. Make sure to do it in batches though!
These are so good you're not going to be able to stop eating them!