Saturday, August 30, 2008

homemade marshmallows.

We had family over last night and wanted to sit outside with a fire. The boys of course wanted to make s'mores, but I am not thrilled with regular marshmallows. So, we made our own! They are easy to make, this makes a big batch, and they have a really nice flavor. The boys helped with just about everything, and were so proud to share their creation with all of the kids on our block last night as they joined us to roast marshmallows over the fire!

::homemade marshmallows::

.75-oz unflavored gelatin
1/2 cup cold water
2 cups turbinado sugar
2/3 cups organic light corn syrup
1/4 cup water
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
organic confectioners' sugar

Line a 9" x 9" pan with plastic wrap and lightly brush it with oil (I used coconut oil).

In your mixer/kitchen aid with the whisk attachment, put the gelatin in the bowl and add 1/2 cup cold water - stir a bit, let soak for about 10 minutes.

In a small pan, combine the corn syrup, sugar and 1/4 cup water - bring to a boil, and boil for 1 minute.

Pour the boiling mixture into your gelatin bowl and turn on the mixer to high. Add the salt and let it beat for 12 minutes on high. When the 12 minutes is up, add the vanilla and beat together. Add any color you would like too - we added some blue.

Using an oiled spatula, scoop the marshmallow into the pan (quickly!!) and smooth. Put another piece of oiled plastic wrap over the top and smooth out.

Let it sit for a few hours until set. We put ours in the fridge to speed it up a bit.

Once it is firm...put confectioners' sugar in a bowl. Take the marshmallow from the pan and remove plastic wrap. Cut into small blocks using a knife or scissors. Lightly roll each piece into the sugar (so it won't stick to everything). Store and eat!

This recipe is adapted from the Martha Stewart marshmallow recipe - we just used all organic ingredients, added color, and tweaked it a bit.

ingredients tip:
Look for a good quality gelatin, or try Agar-Agar, a plant based thickener similar to gelatin for cooking uses. If you use Agar, you will need to boil the water/agar mixture before using (while gelatin uses cold water soak).


Jenn said...

yum yum... may have to try that sometime!

La casa nella prateria said...

Thank you, we are definitely trying to do that!

Barbara said...

Oh my, I love that recipe but haven't made it in years. We especially like them dipped in bittersweet chocolate! My daughter and I have talked about making them MANY times but have never gotten around to it. Thanks for the reminder!

Sally said...

how I have missed visiting, and lo, and behold, you post the VERY recipe my oldest daughter needed! Just a couple days ago, she decided to make marshmallows. I was immediately ready to find a recipe, but she was of a mind to do it on her own. So, I left her to her devices and she loved it! The combination was interesting, and she had no gelatin in there, but she had a great time, and came to the conclusion that she needed a recipe this next time. How funny, but what a great experience -- and she will be delighted to know Mom in Madison supplied the recipe! (because Mom in Ferrum usually mentions Mom in Madison once a week or more!)

TennZen said...

I haven't made marshmallows in ages! Now you're making me want to whip some up and introduce the kids to the fondue pot. Marshmallows dipped in chocolate... oh my!