Sunday, December 30, 2007

Homemade Marshmallows (About 30 minutes)

The great thing about this recipe is that it is extremely easy (although takes some time) but it wows just about everyone who sees them. Most people don't really understand how marshmallows are made. In the end, it's very similar to making meringue but using gelatin instead of egg whites.

3 packages unflavored gelatin
From the Food Network 12 Days of Cookies, 2005

1/2 cup cold water, plus 1/2 cup
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
Confectioners' sugar, for dusting

Combine the gelatin and 1/2 cup of cold water in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Allow to sit while you make the syrup.

Meanwhile, combine the sugar, corn syrup, salt, and 1/2 cup water in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat until the sugar dissolves. Raise the heat to high and cook until the syrup reaches 240 degrees F on a candy thermometer. Remove from the heat.

With the mixer on low speed, slowly pour the sugar syrup into the dissolved gelatin. Put the mixer on high speed and whip until the mixture is very thick, about 15 minutes. Add the vanilla and mix thoroughly.

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