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Homemade Marshmallows

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Easter is around the corner, right? Are you a Peeps fan? Me…not so much. I know. What in the world is wrong with me?!?

They are cute to look at, I suppose. In a weird and very fake marshmallow sort of a way. I think the pink ones are weirder to me than the yellow ones. 

I don’t normally go crazy for marshmallows. Unless I am roasting them by a fire and wedging them in between graham crackers and chocolate chunks.

I go a little more crazy for them when I make them homemade. And that doesn’t happen very often. Because making marshmallows is a messy job. A messy job, but a fun and messy job. Fun when you get to eat the first pieces and you pat yourself on the back with a sticky hand to congratulate yourself for surviving marshmallow making.
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In my journey of marshmallow experimentation I did come across this fantastic one from David Lebovitz. He has adapted it from The Great Book of Chocolate. That is a book I need to get soon just from the title. David has a wonderful post with tips and troubleshooting. Really helpful if you are making marshmallows for the first time. When my daughter saw me prepping this post she told me, “Mom, you used to make really cool things like marshmallows. When will you do it again?” So if that wasn’t a hint I don’t’ know what was. I promised to venture into making something really cool very soon. In the meantime, enjoy the coolness of these fantastic and very fluffy marshmallows! 

Homemade Marshmallows

2 envelopes (17g) powdered gelatin or 17g sheet gelatin (8 to 10 sheets)
1/2 cup (125ml) + 1/3 cup (80ml) cold water
1 cup (200g) sugar
1/3 cup (100g) light corn syrup
4 large egg whites (1/2 cup, 110g), at room temperature
pinch of salt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Powdered Sugar Mix
One part powdered sugar, one part corn starch (or potato starch) (about 1 cup, 140g, each)

Directions:
In a small bowl, sprinkle the gelatin over the 1/2 cup (125ml) of cold water to dissolve and soften. If using leaf gelatin, soak the leaves in about 2 cups (500ml) cold water.

In a small saucepan fitted with a candy thermometer, mix the sugar and corn syrup with 1/3 cup (80ml) of water. Place the saucepan over medium-high heat.

(*This saucepan will be used twice: to make the syrup and melt the gelatin so you don’t need to wash it in between these steps.)

In the bowl of an electric mixer on low speed, slowly add in the egg whites until they are frothy; add the pinch of salt.

As soon as the syrup reaches about 210ºF (99ºC), raise the mixer speed to high and beat the whites until they are thick and fluffy.

When the syrup reaches 245ºF (118ºC), carefully and slowly pour the hot syrup into the whites. Try not to get the syrup on the whisk to avoid it splattering sticking to the sides of the bowl.

Scrape the gelatin and water into the pan that you used for the syrup, or put the gelatin sheets and 2 tablespoons of the water into the pan and swirl it to dissolve. (The pan should still be hot since you just made the syrup in it)

Pour the liquified gelatin slowly into the whites as they are whipping. Add the vanilla extract. Whip for about 5 minutes or until the outside of the bowl feels completely cool when you touch it.
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With a sifter, dust a generous portion of the powdered sugar mix over a baking sheet evenly and completely.  There should be no spots left bare.

With a spatula, spread the marshmallows in an even layer on the pan. Let this dry for at least 4 hours, preferably overnight, uncovered.
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After it has dried, add about 1 cup (140g) of the powdered sugar mix into a large bowl.
Sift over the top of the marshmallows with some of the powdered sugar mix.

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With dusted scissors or pizza cutter, have fun cutting the marshmallows into any shape or size and then toss again the powdered sugar mix.

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In a wire strainer, shake off the extra powder off of the marshmallows.

Thanks for stopping by to say hello and let me know what your favorite marshmallow recipe is!




















22 comments

  1. I LOVE homemade marshmallows! I make them for the kids in my family every Christmas- always a big hit. And it's so fun to add unique flavors. Mmmm!

    KK

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  2. I've never tried making marshmallows at home, but yours look so fluffy! I like making s'mores bars :).

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  3. Although I'm not Peeps fan due to all that crusty sugar making my teeth hurt just by looking at them (marshmallows have enough sugar in them already!), I still love homemade marshmallows like yours. I prefer them toasted too! Give me a stick and a fire, or just a fork and a burner (yes, I toast marshmallows on the stovetop!)..and I'm happy. They look perfect, Lora!

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  4. Homemade is always best Lora, Love this recipe.

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  5. Your marshmallows look lovely! I just made a batch of Marshmallow Creme. You are right, it is a messy job but it feels magical to be able to make Marshmallows! Everyone should do it!

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  6. Another thing I´ve been meaning to make for a while. Thanks for the encouragement Lora! They look gorgeous!

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  7. Perfect marshmallows Lora! What is the purpose of corn syrup in this recipe? I don't use that stuff, would agave nectar work? Thanks! :)

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  8. I've never made marshmallows before. I'll have to try now! These look great, Lora :)

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  9. Love, love, love homemade marshmallows, yours look perfect- fluffy and soft! I actually adore Peeps too. :P

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  10. Oh I love marshmallows! there are so many gourmet versions available right now, different flavors etc. and they are so delish. Would be fun to try and make these some day.

    Lora, have you read David's book "The Sweet Life in Paris"? such a great book, one of my faves :)

    Love the post!

    xoxo

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  11. My favorite basic recipe is Lisa Yockelson's extra creamy (which is on my blog and is in CHocolateChocolate if you have it). My favorite variation is mint chocolate chip with creme de menthe, from Shauna Sever's Marshmallow Madness.

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  12. Marshmallows are my weakness and homemade ones are even better. I actually made another batch today I love them so much. I have been using Alton Brown's recipe with great success. This recipe really interests me though as it uses egg whites. I would love to taste test the two. How long will these stay good for?

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  13. Your daughter's comment was so cute! I bet this was so fun, albeit messy! I've yet to try making marshmallows myself but gosh, the finished product is so pretty!

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  14. I'm not a peeps fan either but think they are festive and cute. I like how easy you make this look, not too messy at all. I'm sure the homemade marshmallows are so much better than the store bought variety any day! So glad you are feeling a bit better and blogging again. My thoughts are with you take it easy and at your pace. xoxox

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  15. How fun these are! So glad you're "cool" again! :)

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  16. I love making homemade marshmallows too! I haven't made an egg white based batch in a while, I tend to go with gelatin instead. And, I love peeps, they taste so weird. :)

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  17. I made my first batch of homemade marshmallows a couple years ago and what a difference from the store bought variety! Your daughter sounds adorable. They look simply divine!

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  18. Wow, Lora! I'm in awe of your beautiful marshmallows. I've always been too intimidated by gelatin to attempt making marshmallows at home For now I'll just stare at and drool over your gorgeous photos.

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  19. I've never tried making marshmallows at home either, so I'm going to need lots of hand-holding when I do. When the time comes, I will be looking into David's recipes and your step-by-step visual guide!

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  20. I really want to try making homemade marshmallows!

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  21. Okay, I have to say it. Not only am I also not really a fan of Peeps, but I think they're pretty scary. Like scarily fake with weird ingredients, etc. I think the same of marshmallows but do love Rice Krispie treats so I don't think they're all that evil. ;) But homemade?! So much better! These look fantastic.

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  22. Homemade marshmallows are a little messy, but so good! I am not a huge marshmallow person either, but homemade ones are definitely good!

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