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September 20, 2011

Homemade Marshmallows!

I was supposed to go camping this week, and it ended up not working out, but I had made these beforehand. I still haven't tried making s'mores with them, but they are pretty tasty all on their own. They were surprisingly easy to make and it didn't take too long to make during the actual cooking process. They do have to sit for a few hours before you can cut them, but that was no big deal.

Here's the recipe adapted from Alton Brown.

Prep Time: 35 min | Inactive Time: 4 hours | Difficulty: Easy | Serves: ~48 marshmallows

3 packages Unflavored Gelatin
1 cup Ice Cold Waterdivided
12 ounces Granulated Sugarapproximately 1 ½ cups
1 cup Light Corn Syrup
¼ tsp Kosher Salt
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
¼ cup Confectioners' Sugar
¼ cup Cornstarch
Nonstick Spray

1. Place the gelatin into the bowl of a stand mixer along with ½ cup of the water. Have the whisk attachment standing by.

2. In a small saucepan combine the remaining ½ cup water, granulated sugar, corn syrup and salt. Place over medium high heat, cover and allow to cook for 3 to 4 minutes. Uncover, clip a candy thermometer onto the side of the pan and continue to cook until the mixture reaches 240 degrees F, approximately 7 to 8 minutes. Once the mixture reaches this temperature, immediately remove from the heat.

3. Turn the mixer on low speed and, while running, slowly pour the sugar syrup down the side of the bowl into the gelatin mixture. Once you have added all of the syrup, increase the speed to high. Continue to whip until the mixture becomes very thick and is lukewarm, approximately 12 to 15 minutes. Add the vanilla during the last minute of whipping. While the mixture is whipping prepare the pans as follows.

For regular marshmallows:
4. Combine the confectioners' sugar and cornstarch in a small bowl. Lightly spray a 13 by 9-inch metal baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. Add the sugar and cornstarch mixture and move around to completely coat the bottom and sides of the pan. Return the remaining mixture to the bowl for later use.

5. When ready, pour the mixture into the prepared pan, using a lightly oiled spatula for spreading evenly into the pan. Dust the top with enough of the remaining sugar and cornstarch mixture to lightly cover. Reserve the rest for later. Allow the marshmallows to sit uncovered for at least 4 hours and up to overnight.

6. Turn the marshmallows out onto a cutting board and cut into 1-inch squares using a pizza wheel dusted with the confectioners' sugar mixture. Once cut, lightly dust all sides of each marshmallow with the remaining mixture, using additional if necessary. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 weeks.

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