Monday, December 23, 2013

Homemade Marshmallows

Today was a pretty incredible day.  I made homemade marshmallows.  Not just any homemade marshmallows mind you, cinnamon dolce homemade marshmallows.  I almost feel bad telling you about it because I have a feeling you did something really lame today.  Like maybe you went to work?  I'm so sorry.  I made marshmallows.

Here you can see the line up of ingredients.  I used a Better Homes and Gardens recipe for these flavored marshmallows.

Flavored Marshmallows
From BHG

4 envelopes unflavored gelatin
3/4 cup water
3 cups granulated sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup purchased syrup, I used cinnamon dolce from Starbucks
1/4 tsp salt
Powdered sugar for cutting and dusting

1. Line a 13x9x2-inch baking pan with parchment paper, leaving paper handging over sides. Coat parchment paper with nonstick cooking spray; set aside.
2. To a very large mixing bowl add gelatin. Pour water over to cover completely; stir to combine. 
3. In a large saucepan combine the granulated sugar, corn syrup, flavored syrup, and salt over medium heat; stirring until sugar is completely melted. Bring sugar mixture to boiling over medium-high heat; attach a candy thermometer to saucepan. Boil 1 to 2 minutes more or until thermometer registers 240 degrees F.
4. Slowly add sugar mixture to gelatin bowl.  Mix on high until mixture is white and fluffy, about 5 minutes, and bowl is cool to the touch.
5. Transfer marshmallows to prepared pan.  Chill, uncovered, at least 4 hours or overnight.
6. When ready to cut, sift powdered sugar over top of marshmallows in pan. Turn out onto cutting board, remove paper.  Sift powered sugar on top.  Coat a sharp knife with powdered sugar and cut marshmallows into 1 inch squares.  Dredge squares in additional powdered sugar.  Eat up!

They came out of the parchment lined pan nicely.  I was worried, but check it out, perfect!

Piles of marshmallows and powdered sugar all over the place!

I packaged them in little baggies to give as gifts.  Don't you wish you could be so lucky!

Don't worry, I tested them out in a cup of hot cocoa.  They are a definite success!

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