Sunday, August 1, 2010

Honey Vanilla Marshmallows

Okay, it’s not exactly baking, more of candy making, but they’re tasty.  I made these marshmallows and wanted to share them.  They are very light and fluffy with a good vanilla flavor and hints of honey.  They can be eaten as is, which is my favorite way to eat them.  Or, use them as you normally would in s’mores or rice crispy treats.  They will taste much better than the usual store bought kind.

I’ve drawn this recipe from the usual Baking and Pastry: Mastering the Art and Craft.  Even though they are technically candy making, they aren’t difficult.  It just requires a candy thermometer and a stand mixer.

Mise en place for marshmallows

This is the mise en place for these marshmallows.  Only five ingredients, plus water.

Prepared baking pan.

A 9x13 baking pan needs to be lined with parchment paper.  This will be where the marshmallows firm up to help them maintain shape.

Blooming gelatin

The first step is to “bloom” some gelatin in water.  Basically just sprinkling the gelatin over some water so that it can absorb it and puff up.

All the wet ingredients ready to boil.

The water, sugar, corn syrup, and honey go into a pot.

Boiling syrup.

Then they all get boiled until they reach 252 degree Fahrenheit.

Slighly cooled syrup.

It then needs to cool down to at least 210 degrees Fahrenheit before getting mixed.

Bloomed gelatin and vanilla

The bloomed gelatin goes into the stand mixer with the vanilla.

Everything in the mixer.

And the hot syrup mixture gets poured over top.

Mixing the marshmallow.

Then, using the wire whisk attachment, the mixture gets beaten.

Everything turned white.

Once the marshmallow turns bright white and forms medium peaks, it is ready.

Marshmallow in the pan.

Drop the marshmallow into the parchment lined pan.

Spread out evenly-ish.

Spread out the marshmallow evenly in the pan.

Ready to be cut.

After about an hour, when the marshmallow has set, it can be turned out and covered with powdered sugar.

Cut into strips.

The marshmallow can be cut into 1-2 inch strips.

Cut into squares.

And cut into squares.  Each cut side should be coated with powdered sugar so that they don’t stick together.  The excess sugar can be dusted off.

Finished marshmallows

And there you have it, a bunch of homemade marshmallows ready to be eaten.

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