Today I wanted to show you all how to make marshmallows. The recipe looks like it is a bit difficult, but really it is fairly easy if you break it up into small steps. It does require a bit of patience, though, as you’ll need to let the marshmallows set for at least an hour or two. Depending on the humidity where you are, it could take up to 8 hours for the marshmallows to be completely set. However, I have added a bit more gelatin to my recipe than what is normally called for. I found that the added gelatin did not have a huge effect on the texture of the marshmallow, but did help reduce setting time. I would recommend storing these as soon as they have set, because they do go stale if left sitting out for too long.
(makes about 24 medium sized marshmallows)
1 cup powdered sugar 4 packages gelatin (0.25oz)
3 cups sugar 1 vanilla bean or 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups water, separated 2 egg whites
- Grease a large baking dish and coat it with the powdered sugar. Set aside. If using vanilla bean, slice the pod open and remove the seeds, placing them on a small dish.
- In a large saucepan, cook the sugar and 3/4 cup water over medium heat until the sugar has dissolved. Add the vanilla pod, not the vanilla beans to the mixture. Increase heat to high, bring to a boil and cook for 12-14 minutes.
- While the sugar mixture is cooking, pour the gelatin into a bowl and add the remaining 1/2 cup water, stirring just until combined. Once the sugar mixture has finished cooking, pour it into the gelatin. Stir quickly, because the mixture will bubble up.
- With a mixer, beat the sugar/gelatin mixture on high until it has tripled in size, and is very thick. Set aside and wash the beaters very well.
- Place the egg whites into a small bowl, beat until they form stiff peaks.Stir in vanilla beans or vanilla extract. Fold the egg whites into the gelatin/sugar mixture, stirring until everything is combined.
- Pour the marshmallow into your prepared baking dish. Gently sprinkle powdered sugar on top of the marshmallow. Place in refrigerator for 3-8 hours, or until the marshmallow has completely set and is not too sticky. Cut into squares and remove from dish.
You can definitely try adding cocoa powder to these for chocolate marshmallows or even instant espresso for coffee flavored marshmallows.