Wednesday, July 29, 2009

homemade marshmallows

Here is how I made the yummy marshmallows that we took camping with us. They were not really hard, just sticky and messy. But, if you like marshmallows, totally worth trying.. they were pretty fun to make.

Ingredients:

* powdered sugar for dusting the pan and rolling finished marshmallows in
* oil for greasing the pan
* 2 1/2 tablespoons unflavored gelatin
* 1 cup water
* 1 cup corn syrup
* 1 1/2 cups sugar
* dash of salt
* 1 1/2 tablespoons vanilla extract

First off, grease a large baking dish and dust generously with powdered sugar.
In your mixing bowl, pour 1/2 of the water and dump the gelatin in. Let sit while you do the other stuff. Use a stand mixer unless you have a huge amount of patience.
In a saucepan, mix the rest of your water, sugar, corn syrup and a dash of salt.

Heat on medium, stirring most of the time. Use a candy thermometer to keep an eye on the temperature.
Cook the syrup mixture until it reaches the "soft ball" stage, or about 240 degrees.
Pour the hot mixture (be careful!) into your stand mixer and mix on high for about 15 minutes.

You will end up with white, fluffy marshmallow goo.
Pour the goo into your baking dish. Get as much of it into that pan as you can.
Spread it around in the pan as much as you can. It is super, duper sticky!
Let sit for 4-5 hours to set. Sprinkle powdered sugar on top, then pull it out of the pan. Again, it will be really sticky and will stretch a bit as you pull it out.

Use a pizza cutter or a knife to cut the marshmallows into squares or whatever shape would be fun.

Roll each piece in the powdered sugar, this helps them not stick to each other.
Oh, yeah, super yummyness! Well, I don't really like marshmallows, but this one told me they were really good.
A wonderful little homemade treat that were better than the store bought ones.

I do, however like marshmallows cooked up black over a campfire.

Tomorrow... homemade graham crackers!

2 comments:

Ramos Family July 29, 2009 at 1:15 PM  

Yumo! This looks good!! Do you know, is corn syrup the same as HF corn syrup??

Lisa July 29, 2009 at 2:38 PM  

@Angela.. yeah, I kinda ignored that aspect of these.. corn syrup has hfcs in it.. But, I figured still better than the store bought ones. I wonder if there is one that doesn't at whole foods, but I didn't have time to check, just used an old container of the goo I had in my cupboard.

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