“I literally could not feel more cozy right now if I were actually inside a marshmallow” ― Alice Clayton.
I do strongly believe that homemade is unbeatable for most things in life and of course I have been brought up on that philosophy. But more often than not , laziness and lack of preplanning gets the better of me. On the whole, where ingredients are concerned, I am not a DIY kind of person .. but once in a way I go the whole nine yards and DO NOT take the easy way out!
I haven’t been able to get my hands on a decent bag of marshmallows for the longest time.The only ones I can find in shops nearby are either flavoured or coloured…which is fine if you are just planning to nosh on them, not so much if you want to bake with them. Unless maybe you are making a baby pink cake !
Recipes for marshmallows aren’t the most confidence inducing ones … either they involve the dreaded corn syrup or extensive precautions on pouring hot sugar syrup into bowls with moving beaters . Then there are the ones with egg whites. It was in Instructables that I found this great way of making marshmallows. No egg whites , corn syrup or liquid glucose . Quite a lot of gelatine though.
These are reasonably easy to make , the only tricky part being , getting the sugar heated to the right stage. A candy thermometer takes away the guess work but you can do without it . An electric mixer is highly advisable though. The batter is sticky as hell and you would much rather preserve your muscle power to use elsewhere.
The end result was worth it a hundredfold. If it wasn’t, I wouldn’t be sharing it with you , would I! The marshmallows are as good (?better) than any ones I have eaten. Spongy , pillow soft and chewy !
You ll need :
- 28 grams or 3 tablespoons gelatin
- 60 ml or ¼ cup cold water
- 60 ml or ¼ cup water
- 200 grams or 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Pinch of salt
- Powdered sugar for coating
Makes : around 25 (1×1 x1 inch each)
Time : 15 mins prep + 3-4 hours resting time
Let’s get started:
Prepare your pan by greasing generously with oil and sifting icing sugar all over. Tap off the excess. A 5 x 5 square pan works well for good sized marshmallows for candy, I used an 8 x 8 here as I wanted mini marshmallows for baking recipes.
Mix the gelatin into the quarter cup of cold water. It should look less clumpier than this!
In a thick bottomed sauce pan, measure out another 1/4 cup water and the one cup sugar. Heat until all the sugar dissolves. Swirl or stir so that nothing burns.
Once the sugar dissolves, let it continue heating on low or medium until it reaches soft ball stage. If you have a thermometer, it should register 240 F or 115 C.
If you don’t have a thermometer , once it looks like the picture above (or even earlier) , use a teaspoon and drop little bits of the sugar solution into a cup of cold water. Roll in your fingers. If it forms a “soft ball” , its the right stage. If its not reached the required temperature yet, you will not be able to form a ball with it.
Once you have reached this stage , immediately take the saucepan off the heat. Mix in the gelatine and stir until dissolved.
Add the vanilla and salt. At this point you can add food colour or other flavourings.
Beat with your electric mixer at medium high for few minutes. You want a batter that is white , fluffy and viscus . When you lift the beater or tilt your pan, it should flow slowly. It will be really sticky.
Using a rubber or silicon spatula , spread the mixture on your prepared pan and smoothen quickly. Rest for atleast 2 hours or overnight .
Remove the marshmallow slab , using a rubber or silicon spatula to nudge it off the sides and bottom. If sticky , dust the top and the cutting board with sifted icing sugar. Use a sharp knife and cut into squares. Dust with icing sugar.
- Double the recipe for a 9 x 13 inch pan .
- Store sugar coated marshmallows in an airtight container for few days at room temperature.
- This recipe works well. The marshmallows are easy to slice but if they are sticky , you can grease your knife with oil and dust with icing sugar.
- Don’t worry about your sticky utensils. Soak in water and the marshmallow melts right off in a few minutes.
There you go … light and fluffy marshmallows right at home. They are chewy and yet almost airy. They are great to eat all on their own. Dress them up with colour , add ins ( chocolate chips and sprinkles?) or flavours like coffee or rose or mint . I left them plain because I have a few recipes in mind to try out with these! Is there any bake with marshmallow that you have wanted to make ? Let me know !!!!