Steps In Making Homemade Marshmallows

Food/Cooking - Dessert
By: litetender    
28-Mar-2011

Introduction:If you want to see someone's eyebrows go up a notch, tell them that you make your own marshmallows. Surprisingly each to create, they are utterly delicious. Below are the five simple steps to making your own homemade marshmallows.

  • 01

    Gather the Necessitites

    For homemade marshmallows, gather the following:

    3 pkg. unflavored gelatin
    1 cup of ice water, divided
    1 and 1/2 cups white table sugar
    1 cup light corn syrup
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
    1/4 cup cornstarch
    Butter, non stick cooking spray oil

    Stand mixer
    Small saucepan
    9x13 inch baking pan for regular marshmallows
    Baking pan for miniature marshmallows
    Pizza cutter or sharp knife
    Heavy duty Zip Lock bag

  • 02

    Prepare the Mixer and Pans

    Attach the whisk attachment to your stand mixer. Next, put the three packages of gelatin into the bowl of the mixer along with 1/2 cup of the iced water. Mix briefly to combine. Also at this time, prepare your pans for the final step. Whisk together the Confectioner's sugar and cornstarch. Butter or spray pans with oil and then coat with the powdered sugar and cornstarch mixture.

  • 03

    Cook the Sugar Syrup

    Combine into the saucepan the remaining one half cup of water, the sugar, corn syrup and salt. Place over a medium high flame and cook for three to four minutes. Continue to cook until the sugar syrup reaches 240 degrees, which will take approximately seven to eight minutes. When the sugar syrup has reached the desired temperature, remove from heat.

  • 04

    Combine the Sugar Syrup and Gelatin

    With the mixer running at low speed, pour a thin stream of the sugar syrup into the gelatin/water mixture, until all of the sugar syrup has been incorporated. Then turn the mixer to high, and let it whip the liquid marshmallows until the mixture is no longer hot and has thickened, or for approximately 12 to 15 minutes. Add the vanilla and proceed to the final step.

  • 05

    Marshmallows, Baby!

    For regular sized marshmallows: Pour the thickened marshmallow mixture into the prepared pan, using an oiled or buttered spatula to ease the mixture into the pan and spread it evenly. Using a sifter, coat the top of the mixture with a thin layer of the sugar and cornstarch. Allow to set for a minimum of four or five hours, and up to overnight. Once set, remove to a cutting board and cut into the desired size with a a sharp knife or pizza roller dipped in the sugar and cornstarch mixture.

    For "mini" marshmallows, pour marshmallow mixture into a ziplock freezer bag, cutting off a small bit of the corner of the bag. Cut small at first, you can always cut larger as the size of your cut determines the size of your marshmallows. Pipe mixture into lines on prepared baking pans, leaving about an inch between piped lines. Dust with sugar and cornstarch mixture and allow to set. When done, cut as desired into miniature marshmallows with knife or pizza roller coated in the sugar and cornstarch mixture.




Final Thoughts

Store homemade marshmallows in an air tight container. They will keep for about three weeks. This is a wonderful project to create with children. Just as homemade bread is better than store-bought bread, so homemade marshmallows outshine their store-bought competitors! Enjoy!


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Comments

  • tracyann 4/18/2011 Flag This Comment

    Great list.

  • clewand550 3/30/2011 Flag This Comment

    Thank you for this list. I have never made marshmallows before. I love marshmallows especially by the fire. Thanks for sharing this recipe. I love it.

  • goodselfme 3/28/2011 Flag This Comment

    Thank you for telling me how to make marshmallows at home. With this information,I think I will continue to buy them already made. Sounds like a lot of work to me.

  • sparkybates 3/28/2011 Flag This Comment

    I love to cook and bake and have never heard of or even wondered about making homemade marshmallows. Now that you have explained how, though, I cannot wait to try this. These sound awesome! If I can make the simple ones, I may experiment with homemade Peeps. Thanks!

  • Tess1960 3/28/2011 Flag This Comment

    I had no idea marshmallows could be made at home. High 5!

  • JennyHeart 3/28/2011 Flag This Comment

    Want some soon! Yummy list! Thanks for your message!

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