Thursday, December 9, 2010

Homemade Marshmallows

I love marshmallows! I love fresh marshmallows! They are so light and fluffy. It may sound impossible but YES! you can make marshmallows. You don't need a candy thermometer or any special equipment. A stand mixer will make these fast. Here's what you will need...
1/3 cup cool water
1 package Knox plain gelatin
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup light Karo Syrup
pinch salt
1/2 cup 10x sugar confectioners'
1/2 cup corn starch
Place all ingredients in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Place in a large bowl. Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes. Then beat for about 7 minutes on high. Mixture will become white and form peaks when whisk is lifted from the bowl. Spread the fluffy mixture in an oiled 8x8-inch pan. Smooth out the top. Let rest on counter for 2+ hours or until firm and set. Sift together cornstarch and confectioners' sugar. Cut the marshmallows with a sharp knife dipped in hot water. Toss the individual marshmallows into 1-inch squares in the sugar and cornstarch mixture. Store in an airtight container with waxed paper between layers.

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