A homemade marshmallow recipe can make for some great fun, creative input, and easy homemade gift ideas!
For Valentine's Day, try them in a fun, heart shaped mold.
Spring time calls for some bunny-shapes covered in flavored sugar.
Noun:A spongy confection made from a soft mixture of sugar, albumen, and gelatin.
HISTORY LESSON AHEAD:
Marshmallows originally were used as a medicinal substance. The Egyptians were said to use the roots of the marshmallow plant as a homemade remedy for sore throats.
The use of the marshmallow as a confection, also dates back to ancient Egypt, where the sap was extracted from the roots and mixed with nuts and honey.
By the late 19th Century, the manufacturing age made the marshmallow virtually unrecognizable. Substituting gelatin for the traditional powdered marshmallow root, most commercially manufactured marshmallows are no longer enjoyed by vegans or kosher.
*as gelatin is derived from animal hides & roots, it's not acceptable for kosher or vegan consumers. There's a reason that "gelatin rhymes with skeleton".
The following recipes use unflavored gelatin, but I use a kosher gelatin from the local health food store for my homemade marshmallow recipe.
Homemade Marshmallow Recipe
Homemade marshmallows make an easy homemade gift idea all by themselves. But add a little "gourmet" razzmatazz and you have just started a tradition!
Whether you add peppermint extract, dip them in chocolate, or put a stick in them for some yummy homemade cocoa...this is one of those homemade gift ideas that is sure to please!
Homemade Marshmallows Adapted from Martha Stewart
Makes about 1 1/4 C of marshmallow mixture so adjust your pan size
FIRST: Lightly spray your molds or pan with the non-stick spray.
SECOND: Combine 1/3 C water and 1 C sugar into a small saucepan. Stir until the sugar is dissolved.
THIRD: once it's dissolved, continue heating until the syrup reaches soft ball stage, 235 degrees.
FOURTH: sprinkle the gelatin atop 1/4 C cold water to soften. (if you're using a vegan-friendly gelatin, follow the instructions on the box).
FIFTH: Once the syrup reaches softball stage, remove from heat.
SIXTH: While mixing, slowly pour the hot syrup into the gelatin.
SEVENTH: Mix until thickened. The mixture will be fluffy, white and hold soft peaks. About 5-8 minutes.
EIGHT: Pour into your prepared pan or molds. This sets up pretty fast so you'll have to move quickly!
Since this sets up quickly, you can pop your homemade marshmallows out of the pan and cut into desired shapes (maybe cookie cutters) or slide them out of the molds.
These can feel a little wet (slimy) at first. Dust with powdered sugar, cut if desired, and re-dust if needed.
NINTH: If you want to dip them in sugar, now is the time when they're still "wet-ish".
If you're going to dip your homemade marshmallows into chocolate, wait just a bit until they're drier.
Now that the technical part is complete, you are ready to give your homemade marshmallows your special signature!
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