Soft and Chewy Home-made Marshmallows

Makes 25

Canola oil, for greasing
2 tablespoons unflavored powdered gelatin
2 cups sugar
2/3 cup plus 3 tablespoons light corn syrup
3 tablespoons honey

Lightly grease an 8-inch square cake pan with canola oil. In a medium heatproof bowl, mix the gelatin with 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons of cold water; let stand for 15 minutes. Set the bowl over a saucepan of simmering water and cook, stirring occasionally, until the gelatin dissolves and the mixture is smooth.

Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, combine the sugar, corn syrup, honey and 1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons of water and bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Cook the syrup over moderately high heat until it registers 250° on a candy thermometer. Immediately pour the hot syrup into the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk. Scrape in the gelatin mixture and beat at high speed until a smooth white foam forms, about 4 minutes.

Spread the marshmallow in the prepared pan and smooth the surface. Press a lightly greased sheet of parchment paper on the surface and let stand until set, 3 hours.
Run a sharp knife around the marshmallow. Very lightly dust a work surface with cornstarch and invert the cake pan onto it, tapping to release the marshmallow. Using a lightly greased sharp knife, cut the marshmallow into 1 1/2-inch pieces.

Cinnamon marshmallows:
Add 1/2 teaspoon ground Vietnamese cinnamon during the last minute of beating the marshmallow;
lightly dust the cut marshmallows with a sifted mixture of 2/3 cup cornstarch, 1/3 cup confectioners’ sugar and 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

3 thoughts on “Soft and Chewy Home-made Marshmallows

  1. I have a really great, much easier recipe, no candy thermometer needed:
    2 cups sugar
    28g (1 ounce) plain gelatin dissolved in 1 cup of boiling water
    1 tsp. vanilla
    1/8 tsp. salt
    1 egg white
    about 150 – 200g. toasted coconut

    Put the gelatin and boiling water in mixer. Stir until dissolved. Add the sugar and beat with egg white beater, adding the vanilla, salt and egg white. Beat on high for about 15 minutes or until high and fluffy. Spread in a 9 x 13 ” lightly greased pan. Put in fridge until set. Cut into squares and roll each piece in the toasted coconut. I have been making this for 30+ years , having gotten the recipe from my South African niece. Everyone LOVES it. I always have it in my mishloah manot.

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