Sunday, December 09, 2007

Guess what I finally made!

Yes! They're marshmallows!
I've been wanting to make homemade marshmallows seriously, for about 10 years. My family thought I was nutso to want to make them myself, but they're really easy! I tried to dip them in fudge and I may try it again, but I won't douse them in powdered sugar first. We just ended up eating the fudge separately ~ and my family loved it.

Marshmallows (adapted from The Martha Stewart Show)

* Nonstick cooking spray
* 2 tablespoons plus 1/2 teaspoon unflavored gelatin
* 2 cups sugar
* 1/2 cup light corn syrup
* 1/2 cup hot water
* 1/4 teaspoon salt
* 2 large egg whites
* 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
* 1 cup cornstarch (I used powdered sugar)


1. Lightly spray a 9-by-13-inch glass baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Sprinkle gelatin over a small bowl filled with 1/2 cup cold water; let stand to soften.
2. In a heavy bottomed saucepan, mix together sugar, corn syrup, hot water, and salt. Place over medium heat and cook, stirring, until sugar has dissolved. Continue cooking, without stirring, until mixture reaches the soft-ball stage, about 240 degrees on a candy thermometer. Remove from heat and add gelatin mixture; set aside.
3. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat egg whites on high speed until stiff peaks form. With the mixer running, slowly add sugar mixture. Add vanilla and continue beating for 10 minutes until the mixture looks like marshmallow.
4. Transfer marshmallow mixture to prepared baking dish and spread evenly. Spray a piece of parchment paper with nonstick cooking spray and cover marshmallow. Let stand overnight.
5. Remove parchment paper and invert marshmallow onto work surface. Trim 1/4-inch from edges of marshmallow. Cut marshmallows into 1 1/2-inch squares. Pour cornstarch (or powdered sugar) in a bowl; working in batches, gently add marshmallows and toss to coat.


Rebecca said...

I am not sure what these are-but if they are what I think they MIGHT be-I am again surprised how similar we are.

Are they marshmellows?

I have thought very seriously about making marshmellows (and putting peppermint extract and food coloring in them too!) Maybe dipping them in chocolate too.

I saw a package of gourmet homemade marshmellows dipped a bit in chocolate and then rolled in peppermint sticks-and a bag of like 6 marshmellows was $5.00!!! OUch!

Anyway. Maybe I am way off base here...maybe it is soap (another someday project for me) but I doubt it...or maybe cream cheese? You'll have to let me know what it is-because my brain will be a 'wracking until you do! :-)

Mandie said...

Updated post!

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