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Homemade Marshmallows

No recipe image available.Originally made using the extract derived from the roots of the marshmallow plant, today this sweet treat is made with corn syrup, gelatin and sugar.

Recipe Ingredients:

2 1/2 tablespoons unflavored gelatin
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
Powdered sugar for dusting

Cooking Directions:

  1. Combine gelatin and 1/2 cup cold water in the bowl of an electric mixer with whisk attachment. Let stand 30 minutes.
  2. Combine granulated sugar, corn syrup, salt, and 1/2 cup water in a small heavy saucepan; place over low heat, and stir until sugar has dissolved. Wash down sides of pan with a wet pastry brush to dissolve sugar crystals.
  3. Raise heat to high and cook syrup without stirring until it reaches 244°F / 115°C (firm-ball stage). Immediately remove pan from heat.
  4. With mixer on low speed, slowly and carefully pour syrup into the softened gelatin. Increase speed to high; beat until mixture is very thick and white and has almost tripled in volume, about 15 minutes. Add vanilla; beat to incorporate.
  5. Generously dust an 8 x 2-inch glass baking pan with powdered sugar. Pour marshmallow mixture into pan. Dust top with powdered sugar; wet your hands, and pat it to smooth. Dust with powdered sugar; let stand overnight, uncovered, to dry out.
  6. Turn out onto a board; cut marshmallows with a dry hot knife into 1 1/2-inch squares, and dust with more powdered sugar.

Makes about 40 (1 1/2-inch) squares.

Tip: Instead of vanilla extract, use other flavorings like cherry extract. Tint the marshmallow mixture with food coloring to reflect the flavor.