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:

indie grrrl said...

YUM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ellen Gradman said...

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

artistaprilcole@gmail.com said...

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

Ami said...

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

Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty said...

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

Bo said...

definitely gona make them

Belle said...

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

Tracy said...

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!!

cheryl.mccann said...

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

ariadne said...

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

OrangeFarmhouse said...

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

2 Good Claymates said...

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!

Alexandra Rae said...

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

Createology said...

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

Selma said...

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

Anzouya said...

Looks so easy! Thanks for sharing!

Judy Grupp Studio said...

holy moly - homemade marshmallows! They look great!

Janna said...

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

beka*b said...

Those ones half dipped in chocolate look especially lovely :)

SusanaChang said...

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

SusanaChang said...

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

Chelsea Ling said...

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

The Dreaming Bear said...

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

Lorraine said...

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.

HarmlessColor said...

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

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