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Marshmallows

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Yields about 1-1/2 lb., or 32 marshmallows.

These will keep in an airtight container for about two weeks.

  • 4 Tbs. unflavored powdered gelatin
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 Tbs. light corn syrup
  • 2 large egg whites, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup each cornstarch and confectioners' sugar, mixed in a bowl, for dusting the pans and waxed paper

Soften the gelatin in 3/4 cup of the water in a small saucepan. Heat the gelatin slowly to fully dissolve it, but don't let it fully boil. Stir in the vanilla.

In a saucepan, combine the sugar, the corn syrup, and the remaining 3/4 cup water. Set over medium heat and stir until the sugar dissolves. Increase the heat and bring the mixture to a boil. Set a candy thermometer in the pan and, without stirring, let the mixture boil until it reaches 250° to 260°F (hard-ball stage). While the sugar mixture is boiling, beat the egg whites in the large bowl of a standing mixer fitted with the whisk attachment (or on high speed with a hand-held mixer) until they form medium-stiff peaks.

Marshmallows Recipe

When the sugar syrup reaches temperature, whisk in the dissolved gelatin. Turn the mixer back on to the highest speed. Slowly pour the hot sugar syrup into the whisked egg whites, avoiding the whisk. The whites will get liquidy at first but will eventually thicken. Continue beating until the marshmallow mixture thickens enough to hold its shape, about 5 minutes; it will still be slightly warm.

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Lightly oil two 8-inch-square pans and then dust them with some of the cornstarch and confectioners' sugar mixture. Divide the marshmallow mixture between the two pans, smooth it as flat as you can with a spatula, and let it sit uncovered until it's springy and firm, 4 to 6 hours.

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Using your fingers or a sharp knife, loosen the marshmallows from the sides of the pans. Dust a long sheet of waxed paper with more of the cornstarch mixture. Flip the marshmallows onto the paper. Dust the surface with more of the cornstarch mixture and let the marshmallows sit for about 2 hours.

With a sharp knife or scissors, cut the marshmallows into even strips about 1-1/2 inches wide and then into squares. The marshmallows probably won't stick to the knife or scissors, but if they do, try oiling the blade.

nutrition information (per serving):
Size : per marshmallow; Calories (kcal): 40; Fat (g): fat g 0; Fat Calories (kcal): 0; Saturated Fat (g): sat fat g 0; Protein (g): protein g 1; Monounsaturated Fat (g): 0; Carbohydrates (g): carbs g 10; Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 0; Sodium (mg): sodium mg 0; Cholesterol (mg): cholesterol mg 0; Fiber (g): fiber g 0;

Photo: Scott Phillips

I have been making these for Christmas treats for the past 4 years and they are always well received. I often dip them in Chocolate for an extra special treat. However, be warned - they are very sticky and can be challenging to work with the first few times. I often use cooking spray to coat my spatula etc.

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