HOMEMADE MARSHMALLOWS

Monday, 28 March 2016

I hope you all had a fabulous Easter weekend! We had about 15 friends come over because in February we reasoned that the weather would be good enough to host our first BBQ in the flat and so we told everyone we'd have them over, turns out we reasoned wrong because the weather on Saturday was SHITE! Our friends were really great and just put up with rubbing up against each other's arm meat in our little living room. I then spent Sunday partly comatose on the couch because 8 litres of Sangria were made and had.  So glad we have another bank holiday today! It's so weird how no matter how many days you get off work it just never seems to be enough and the fact they go by so quickly doesn't help either :( 
So I made marshmallows ey! I am soo excited about this post because 1) I've wanted to make marshmallows for a while but I didn't have a stand mixer and pretty much all the recipes I've seen stipulated that unless you had a really good quality hand mixer (which I did not) you shouldn't make them or said hand mixer would die so I was never able to make them and 2) I bought a stand mixer! I've wanted a KitchenAid stand mixer since the beginning of time such that when last week I ACTUALLY bought it, people that know me well were so happy because that's one less thing I'll keep talking about wanting! And so to honour what is quite possibly the prettiest appliance in our house, I made marshmallows!! Which honestly, taste much better than the store bought ones because they're super fluffy!
I had to pick what seemed like the best 4/5 recipes out of the 30 I read and come up with my own version because I didn't have any of the fancy equipment that was required and best of all, I didn't have key ingredients but darn it, I had to make marshmallows and I'm so happy I winged this one!

Homemade Marshmallows

Ingredients

14 sheets gelatin (instructions on using powder are in the Tips section)
1/2 cup Water
1 1/2 cup Sugar
1 cup Cane syrup
1 tablespoon Vanilla extract
Icing sugar

Cooking Directions

  1. Prepare your tin/baking dish by lining with greaseproof paper and then coating with icing sugar using a sieve (you don't have to use the sieve but it's easier and avoids waste). This will make your marshmallows easier to pull out once they are set
  2. Place gelatine sheets in a bowl of water for 5 minutes. Drain water and squeeze out any excess
  3. Microwave the bowl of gelatine for 30 seconds and pour into your stand mixer bowl
  4. Place sugar, syrup and water in a pot and bring to a boil for 8-10 minutes
  5. Turn the mixer on at a low speed and slowly pour the syrup (carefully or you will burn your arm off!). Once all the syrup is in the bowl, turn up the speed and leave for 8 minutes. The mixture should double in size and turn white. At about minute 7, add your vanilla extract (you can use any flavour you want)
  6. Pour into your prepared dish and try to lay out as evenly as possible. I wet my hands slightly and manually tried to even the top
  7. Dust some ice sugar on the top to stop your marshmallows from drying while they set. You can also use cling film if you prefer
  8. Place the tin somewhere it won't be disturbed for 6-8 hours (or overnight) to set. 
  9. Once set, remove from the tin and cut into any shape that you want! I made mine squares but you can do anything you want really
  10. Dust the cut up pieces with icing sugar to avoid them getting dry. I found a vanilla bean dusting sugar and used that (which is why my marshmallows are a bit yellow)
  11. Congratulations! you've made marshmallows, now enjoy them!

Tips

- If you want to add colour you can. Best time to do that is when you add the flavouring
- If you can't find gelatine leaves you can use powder. Add 1/2 cup of water to your gelatin in your mixing bowl and leave for 10 minutes to bloom
- I know not everyone will have access to Cane syrup, all the recipes I've ever read said to use Corn syrup which I couldn't find in London so I got a little creative but a direct replacement is Golden syrup, which is much easier to find
- People made marshmallows before electric mixers, fact. So while having a stand mixer is probably best, I've read an article where this lady said her grandmother used to hand beat the mixture so I think (operative word) you could go for it with a regular hand held mixer but you will need elbow grease

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