Tuesday, February 08, 2011

homemade marshmallows

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Watch out world (and waistline) I have discovered homemade marshmallows! The recipe has been on my to do list for the last year but I was afraid it would be way too messy and difficult to make. Surprising it was really easy and despite a spilled bag of powdered sugar and marshmallow in my hair, it wasn't as messy as I expected! It think homemade marshmallows would make a perfect sweet treat for Valentines Day!


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The recipe I used was from the Barefoot Contessa (Ina Garten) but I tweaked it just a little by adding orange extract and dipping them in chocolate.

Ingredients-

3 packages unflavored gelatin
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


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Start by combining the three packets of gelatin


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with 1/2 cup of cold water. Set aside and let sit.


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Combine 1 1/2 cups of sugar, 1 cup of corn syrup, 1/4 teaspoon of salt


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and 1/2 cup of water together in a sauce pan.


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Cook over medium heat until the sugar is dissolved.
Raise the heat to high and cook until the syrup reaches 244 F degrees on a candy thermometer.


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Pour the syrup into the gelatin mixture.


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Mix on high and whip until the mixture is thick.


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At this point I added about a teaspoon of orange extract


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and continued to whip a little bit longer.


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Next, grease a baking pan with vegetable oil


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and dust a heavy layer of powered sugar (don't spill the bag of powdered sugar!)
This will keep everything from sticking to the pan.


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Pour the marshmallow mixture into the pan

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Sprinkle another layer of powdered sugar on top.


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Let it sit at room temperature over night.


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You can remove the entire sheet of marshmallow from the pan and place on a cutting board to cut it up OR you can cut from the pan like I did (I found it was less messy).


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I used little candy liners for each of my marshmallows.


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I used a heart cookie cutter to cut out heart shaped marshmallows and used kitchen scissors to clean up the shape.


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FYI- all the little scraps left over from cutting out the shapes can be used as little marshmallows for baking! Just package them up tuperware.

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Add the large marshmallows to hot chocolate or a mocha.

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Or even dip in chocolate! The combo of the orange flavored marshmallows and the chocolate is to DIE FOR!


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Line up on a pretty tray and serve as Valentines Day treats or even package them up to give as gifts.


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Now that I know how easy and TOTALLY delicious it is to make your own, I don't know if I will ever buy marshmallows from the store again!


25 comments:

  1. Awesome! Thanks for the great instructions! These have always been on my list also.

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  2. Delightful!!
    There is sweetness in the world... it just landed at your place. :]

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  3. Great idea, thanks for posting. I've read about them before, but they sounded too messy and difficult. So glad it's not!!

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  4. Oh my gosh, what a sweet idea!!! :) They are so beautiful!

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  5. definitely gona make them

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  6. You did an awesome job of making the marshmellows! I admire people who do stuff like this.

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  7. That is to cute!! I cannot wait to make those for my kidos teachers. Great gift Idea for V-Day next week. Homemade marshmallows and hot chocolate mix in mug!!

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  8. thanks so much for the recipe and the instructions - i may try this out sometime this week.

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  9. That's the last thing I would expect that it could be homemade!AriadnefromGreece!

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  10. Did not know it was that simple. I just have to make them myself now too! Thanks!

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  11. I make my own marshmallows ever Christmas as a tradition and they are so yummy! Love the orange extract idea though and will have to try that sometime!

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  12. My mom and I made these for Christmas gifts (with hot chocolate!) and added peppermint extract and red "swirls" on the top. YUM!!

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  13. Success is making Ina's recipes and having them come out this beautiful and yummy looking. Happy February Hearts to you...

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  14. this looks so lovely! I didn't know an recipe for Marshmallows! Its a try worth..on day! Thank you so much!
    Follow! xXx lg

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  15. Looks so easy! Thanks for sharing!

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  16. holy moly - homemade marshmallows! They look great!

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  17. OH MY, these look truly delicious! You have some of the most wonderful recipes...my daughter and I have made the zapolle twice already.

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  18. Those ones half dipped in chocolate look especially lovely :)

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  19. you are great! I will try and my girl will love it too!

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  20. you are so great! I will try to make it!

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  21. great, i shared this! :) http://papercakesfinds.blogspot.com/2011/02/daily-diy_09.html

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  22. Oooohh...yummy!!! And so beautiful! Especially fond of those dipped in chocolate!!

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  23. Homemade marshmallows are delicious. I make cinnamon ones using ground up red hots to replace about 1/2 of the sugar. Turns them a nice pink color and they're not really that hot but they're great for a Valentine's treat.

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  24. I am going to add a link to this on my blog because your steps are SO well documented. Thanks!

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