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Marshmallows

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Coat a 12 x 17 jelly roll pan (thin marshmallows) or an 8 x 8 baking dish (thick marshmallows) with nonstick cooking spray, then line the dish with plastic wrap. The cooking spray will hold the plastic wrap in place.
  2. When the dish is lined, spray the plastic wrap with non-stick cooking spray as well. Set aside.
  3. Whisk together the gelatin and one cup of water in the bowl of a stand mixer. Allow to sit while you prepare the sugar mixture.
  4. In a small saucepan, combine the corn syrup, honey, and granulated sugar.
  5. Add 1/3 cup water and very gently stir so the sugar is damp but does not touch the sides of the pan.
  6. Cook over high heat until the sugar reaches the firm ball stage, 245 degrees F, about six to eight minutes.
  7. Remove the pan from the heat and allow to cool to 225 degrees F, about 12 minutes.
  8. With the mixer on low speed, slowly pour a stream of the sugar syrup down the edge of the mixer bowl into the water and gelatin.
  9. Increase the mixer to medium-high speed once all of the sugar syrup has been added.
  10. After five minutes of mixing, add the vanilla and the salt.
  11. Continue mixing until the mixture is very thick and the bowl feels cool, about 15 minutes.
  12. Fold in an additional flavoring (listed in the notes below) if desired.
  13. Pour the mixture into the prepared baking sheet or baking dish and smooth the top with a spatula coated in non-stick cooking spray.
  14. Let stand at room temperature to set up, about two to three hours.
  15. When the marshmallows have set up, whisk together the confectioners' sugar and cornstarch. Coat a clean counter or other work space with some of the confectioners' sugar and cornstarch mixture, then invert the marshmallows from the baking sheet or baking dish on top of the confectioners' sugar and cornstarch mixture.
  16. Peel back the plastic wrap from what is now the top of the marshmallows.
  17. Sift some of the confectioners' sugar and cornstarch mixture over the tops.
  18. Using a knife coated in cooking spray, cut the marshmallows into the desired size squares. Toss the marshmallows in the remaining confectioners' sugar and cornstarch mixture.
  19. Store the marshmallows in an airtight container. They will keep at room temperature for one week.

Notes

Additional flavor options from the original recipe.Coconut Marshmallows: Fold in 3 cups shredded, unsweetened coconut.Lemon Marshmallows: Fold in the finely grated zest of 3 lemons.Spiced Marshmallows: Fold in a mixture of 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom, and 1/2 teaspoon ground star anise.Mocha Marshmallows: Fold in 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder and 1 tablespoon coffee extract.The recipe calls for "two tablespoons plus two teaspoons of powdered gelatin (about 2 1/2 envelopes)." I measured my powdered gelatin out and found I needed 3 1/2 envelopes to meet the two tablespoons plus two teaspoons requirement. The envelopes I refer to are those found in the 1 ounce box of Knox Original Gelatin. I had a lot of the confectioners' sugar and cornstarch mixture left over, so those measurements could probably be halved and still provide plenty.

Recipe by Love & Flour at https://www.loveandflour.com/a-gift-from-the-kitchen-homemade-marshmallows/