I’ll admit that I’ve never really been a big fan of marshmallows, but that must be because I’ve only ever tried the store bought versions. That is until now. I made some from scratch the other day, only because I felt like they’d add the ‘posh’ factor to my hot cocoa, but the results were a pleasant surprise.
I found the recipe for these at My Baking Addiction, and adjusted a few steps to my liking.
They were not only really simple to make, but I can admit that after tasting them, I became a bit addicted. It must be because they melted beautifully in my cocoa…I honestly can’t think of a better accompaniment. In fact, these marshmallows turned out so fabulous that I plan to make them again, for upcoming celebrations and will be sure to make extra as I know they will go quickly.
Homemade Vanilla Bean Marshmallows
3/4 cup water divided
3 (.25 ounce) packages unflavored gelatin
2/3 cups light corn syrup
2 cups white sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract (I used 1 fresh vanilla bean instead)
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/4 cup powdered sugar
Line a 9×9 inch baking dish with plastic wrap that’s sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Spray additional piece of plastic wrap to cover the top and set aside.
Place 1/2 cup of water in the bowl of an electric mixer and add gelatin to water to soak.
While gelatin is soaking add 1/4 cup water, corn syrup and white sugar to sauce pan. Bring mixture to boil over medium heat for 1 minute.
Pour hot sugar mixture into gelatin and beat on high, using a whisk attachment. Beat for 12 minutes until mix is fluffy and forms stiff peaks. Add in vanilla extract and mix until just combined.
Pour mixture into baking dish using a greased spatula to smooth top. Cover marshmallow mixture with remaining prepared plastic wrap, pressing down lightly to seal.
Allow to rest for 4 hours, or overnight.
Mix together cornstarch and powdered sugar in a dish. Using greased scissors, or a knife, cut the marshmallows, dredging lightly in the cornstarch mixture and they’re ready to enjoy.
Store in airtight container.
Use an extract or food coloring of your choice to add a hint of flavor and color.
If making for a special occasion, cut with a festive cookie cutter.
My posh twist: fresh vanilla bean, red food coloring and a heart shaped cookie cutter for Valentine’s Day.
Recipe Source: My Baking Addiction adapted from allrecipes.
Kelly Willians says
Wow, homemade Vanilla Bean Marshmellows, now that’s a mashmellow I could love. Yummy! And so imaginative as well. I can’t wait to taste them. Yum.
Absolutely!! They are delish and not as sweet as the store bought versions. You will love them!
christine cass says
sounds like fun
Fun to make, even more fun to eat!