Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Homemade Marshmallows

So this last week, my hero Alton Brown made marshmallows from scratch. I didn't know that such a thing could be done, but not only did he do it, but he explained in painstaking detail how it could be done by me in my own kitchen! I figured that if things went horribly wrong that I'd be out about $.50 in materials tops, so I figured I'd give it a try.

How did they turn out? In a word: Heavenly. Fluffy, white, and heavenly.

Here's the recipe from the Good Eats episode I saw:

Homemade Marshmallows

Ingredients
3 packages unflavored gelatin
1 cup ice cold water, divided
12 ounces granulated sugar, approximately 1 1/2 cups
1 cup light corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
Nonstick spray

Directions
Place the gelatin into the bowl of a stand mixer along with 1/2 cup of the water. Have the whisk attachment standing by.

In a small saucepan combine the remaining 1/2 cup water, granulated sugar, corn syrup and salt. Place over medium high heat, cover and allow to cook for 3 to 4 minutes. Uncover, clip a candy thermometer onto the side of the pan and continue to cook until the mixture reaches 240 degrees F, approximately 7 to 8 minutes. Once the mixture reaches this temperature, immediately remove from the heat.

Turn the mixer on low speed and, while running, slowly pour the sugar syrup down the side of the bowl into the gelatin mixture. Once you have added all of the syrup, increase the speed to high. Continue to whip until the mixture becomes very thick and is lukewarm, approximately 12 to 15 minutes. Add the vanilla during the last minute of whipping. While the mixture is whipping prepare the pans as follows.

Combine the confectioners' sugar and cornstarch in a small bowl. Lightly spray a 13 by 9-inch metal baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. Add the sugar and cornstarch mixture and move around to completely coat the bottom and sides of the pan. Return the remaining mixture to the bowl for later use.

When ready, pour the mixture into the prepared pan, using a lightly oiled spatula for spreading evenly into the pan. Dust the top with enough of the remaining sugar and cornstarch mixture to lightly cover. Reserve the rest for later. Allow the marshmallows to sit uncovered for at least 4 hours and up to overnight.

Turn the marshmallows out onto a cutting board and cut into 1-inch squares using a pizza wheel dusted with the confectioners' sugar mixture. Once cut, lightly dust all sides of each marshmallow with the remaining mixture, using additional if necessary. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 weeks...(if they last that long!)

2 comments:

Liz, Nate, Sydney, Holly said...

Sounds delish. And since Sydney and I are both marshmellow-holics (unfortunately), this is a must-try for us.

Amy said...

I didn't know you guys had a blog! I am so excited to check out all the recipes! It is great to see you guys at the gym. Pretty sad that we live a quarter mile apart and we have to go to Crossfit to visit. :> talk to you soon! Thanks for sharing the recipes!