Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Marsh to the Mallow

Let's talk about marshmallows. I love marshmallows in all shapes and sizes. On a stick, in between a graham cracker & chocolate bar, or just any way it'll have me! And one of my new favorite things lately is to make them.

 I have made espresso marshmallows in the past. I have also made some peanut butter and jelly ones inspired by Bakerella. But I had never made classic vanilla marshmallows. So of course I HAD to make some! 

for the coating:
3/4 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup cornstarch

for the bloom:
5 teaspoon unflavored powdered gelatin
1/2 cup cold water
1 TBSP of vanilla

for the syrup:
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup(divided)
1/4 cup water

1/4 teaspoon salt

for the fluffing:
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

Use an 8x8 pan and lightly coat it with cooking spray.

Coating- Sift together all the ingredients for coating. Keep in a tupperware since you will be using this until the very end,

Bloom- Combine the gelatin, water, and vanilla extract in a microwavable bowl and whisk. Let is sit for about 10 minutes so it can do it's bloomin'! 

Syrup: In a medium saucepan, stir together the sugar, 1/4 cup corn syrup, water, and salt.  Attach a candy thermometer to the pan, and place over medium-high heat.  Boil, stirring until the mixture reaches 240 degrees.  While that's going on, pour the remaining corn syrup into a bowl of a mixer fitted with the whisk attachment.  Microwave the bloom mixture for 30 seconds, until melted and smooth.  Add it to the corn syrup in the bowl, set the mixer on low and keep it running while the syrup comes to temperature. Once the syrup reaches 240, slowly pour it into the bowl of the mixer you have running.  Once everything has been added, turn up the speed to medium and beat for 5 minutes.  

Beat for 3 minutes more on medium-high speed.  Increase the speed to the highest setting, adding the vanilla extract and beat for 1-2 minutes more.  The mixture will be white, fluffy, and doubled in size.

Pour the mixture into the prepared pan coated with cooking spray to spread evenly.  Sift some of the coating mixture over the top and let set for about 6 hours in a cool, dry place. 

Run a thin knife around the edges of the pan to loosen, then turn it upside down onto a coating dusted surface. 

Start cutting the large marshmallow into squares ( the size of the square is up to you). Then place the sticky edges in more of the coating mixture. Then, you're all done and can start eating!

You can even do what I did! I made hot chocolate and added a large marshmallow square to my hot yummy drink! The possibilities are endless! 

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