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Heavenly Homemade Marshmallows

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Perfectly soft and springy, these marshmallows are fluffy and divinely delicious! Serve with a bit of dark chocolate for the perfect light dessert. Or eat ‘em cold, straight from the refrigerator. It happens.

Ingredients

  • 2 Tablespoons Unflavored Gelatin
  • 2-½ teaspoons Unflavored Gelatin
  • 1 cup Cold Water, Divided
  • ¼ teaspoons Salt
  • 2 cups Granulated Sugar
  • ½ cups Light Corn Syrup
  • 2 whole Large Egg Whites
  • 2 teaspoons Flavoring Of Your Choice(i Ended Up Using About 1 Tablespoon Of PURE Vanilla)
  • ¼ cups Powdered Sugar, Plus Extra For Preparing Pan
  • ½ cups Cornstarch, For Powdering The Finished Cubes

Preparation

Line a 9×13 baking pan with plastic wrap. Spray with cooking spray and then lightly sift confectioner’s sugar over and shake to coat the bottom and sides of pan.

Pour 1/2 cup of the cold water into the bowl of your mixer. Sprinkle the gelatin (both amounts) over the top and allow it to stand and begin to soften.

In a heavy bottomed 3 quart Dutch oven, place the remaining water, salt, granulated sugar, and corn syrup. Place over medium-low heat and stir until sugar is dissolved.

Increase the burner to medium and heat the syrup, without stirring now, until it is boiling and registers 240 degrees on a candy thermometer. (This may take 10-15 minutes).

Remove the pan from heat and pour it over the gelatin mixture. Stir until well combined and gelatin is dissolved.

Begin beating the mixture on high speed until super thick and glossy white. This should come close to tripling in volume (it will take 5-8 minutes with a stand mixer).

In a separate bowl, beat your egg whites until they begin to form peaks.

Beat the egg whites and your flavoring (vanilla or other) into the thick marshmallow mixture until they are just combined.

Pour this into your prepared baking pan.

Pour 1/4 cup of confectioner’s sugar into a flour sifter and sift over the top of the marshmallow-filled pan.

Place the uncovered pan in the refrigerator and chill them until set, about 4 hours.

Take a clean pan and place about 1/2 cup of cornstarch in the bottom.

Remove the pan containing your marshmallows from the refrigerator, and invert onto a cutting board. Remove the plastic wrap from the marshmallows, then cut into 1 inch strips with a thin sharp knife, or, (what I used) a bench scraper. Use a quick, downward motion to cut each strip into 1 inch cubes (read, no sawing motions!). You may need to clean and dry your knife from time to time. As you cut several cubes, toss them in the pan with the cornstarch. Use your hands to shake the excess cornstarch off, then place them in a container and cover with plastic wrap.

These should keep, at room temperature, about 1 week. But I did stick some in the refrigerator because we became infatuated with the taste/texture of the chilled marshmallows!

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MeganD. on 11.20.2010

Thanks for the recipe, I’ll be trying it for my Christmas gift baking! Can’t wait to eat them myself too! :)

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Cathy on 11.15.2010

I’m hooked to! And yes, the novelty of marshmallows being “made from scratch” makes for a cool holiday gift idea! Thanks for commenting! :)
love,
cathy b.

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plum7 on 11.15.2010

Haven’t made this particular recipe, but have made marshmallows and homemade is way better than packaged. The texture and flavor are amazing………and they take hot chocolate straight to heavenly! Will be making some again this year. Gave some to clients with kids (along with a box of hot chocolate) for Christmas gifts. Nice unique gift, as you don’t see or hear about them often.

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