I love to camp. I do not like the clean-up as much. So I’m avoiding it and instead am going to share my great new discovery with you. There’s nothing better than a messy, sticky, gooey s’more and it’s even better when the marshmallows are homemade! I found a few recipes and couldn’t believe how simple they were to make. Really, 30 minutes and you’re done. And, once people were done with the “you made your own marshmallows?!?” comments, the vote was in and these were awesome. In between some yummy chocolate or melted in krispie squares, these rock. Just in time for summer. Enjoy!
*Adapted from The Golden Iris
1 cup cold water, divided
3 1/4 oz envelopes unflavoured gelatin
2 cups white sugar
2/3 cup pure glucose (corn syrup will work too)
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/4 cup icing sugar
1. Line a 13x 9″ pan with tin foil and lightly spray with cooking spray.
2. In the bowl of a stand mixer pour 1/2 cup of the cold water. Sprinkle the gelatin on top and let it sit for 15 minutes.
3. In a medium saucepan, combine sugar, glucose, salt and remaining water. Stir over low heat until sugar dissolves, then increase to med-high heat and let mixture boil for 8 minutes, without stirring. At this point, syrup will form a soft ball when dropped into a glass of ice cold water.
4. Using whisk attachment on stand mixer, begin beating the gelatin mixture while slowly pouring the boiling syrup down the side of the bowl (not directly on whisk attachment as it can splatter). Syrup is boiling hot, so pour slowly and carefully! Beat mixture for 15 minutes at high speed. Add vanilla and beat for one minute more.
5. Scrape into pan and smooth top- marshmallows are sticky, so a buttered spatula works well at this point! Let mixture stand at room temperature until firm- approximately 4 hours.
6. Stir together cornstarch and icing sugar. Sift a generous amount onto work surface and unmold marshmallow on top. Sift more powder onto the top of the slab. Lightly spray a large knife with cooking spray and cut marshmallows to desired size. Sift all sides of your marshmallows with powder to avoid sticking! Transfer to a rack and shake off excess powder. Place in an airtight container.
*Add food colouring at the same time as the vanilla for some coloured fun!