How To Make Marshmallows

Campfire necessity, sweet potato casserole essential, sore throat soother and hot chocolate must, marshmallows can go by many different names. The original version of this classic sweet treat dates back all the way to ancient Egypt, when they would make similar versions using the plant marshmallow root to help boost immune function and cure the common cold. They sure taste better than your average cough medicine. Over the years the recipe had to be slightly altered and, unfortunately, the healing properties left with a few ingredients. But although the modern versions can’t be used as an excuse to gorge on marshmallows when you’re feeling your worst, they’re still a diverse and delectable addition and substitution for many dessert recipes.

In this online cooking class, learn how to cook your very own, homemade marshmallows. All that’s next is to put up the tent and get the campfire going! Can you say, “best s’mores ever?”

3 ½ tsp Gelatin
6 oz Cold water
14 oz Granulated sugar
6 ¾ oz Corn syrup
¼ tsp Salt
1 tbsp Vanilla extract
Confectioners sugar for dusting
Butter for oiling

1. In a quarter sheet pan, tear off a large sheet of aluminum foil and line the pan so there is some edge. Brush well with butter to prevent sticking.
2. In a bowl, sprinkle gelatin over 4 oz of water. Soak for 10 minutes.
3. Combine sugar, corn syrup and 2 oz water in saucepan. Bring to a boil and boil hard until syrup reaches about 250 degrees.
4. Pour boiling syrup into gelatin. With standing or hand mixer, gradually increase speed until you are at high speed. Mix for a minute or so and then add salt. Beat for about 12 minutes and then add vanilla. Continue mixing until vanilla is thoroughly mixed in.
5. Pour into lined pan. After pouring, invert another pan of equal size to cover the top so marshmallows are covered but can dry slightly. Let sit between 3-12 hours.
6. Using a sifter, sprinkle powdered sugar in a thick layer over the top. Put a cutting board over the top and invert. Carefully peel back aluminum foil. Sprinkle generously with powdered sugar and cut into squares.


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