Sunday, January 8, 2012

Homemade Marshmallows

After hearing on NPR just how easy it is to make homemade marshmallows, I decided to give it a go. I went with one of Alton Brown's recipes on FoodNetwork, but most recipes are about the same - heat up some sugar and corn syrup to 240-300 degrees, add to gelatin and water along with some flavorings (salt, vanilla extract...) and beat in a stand mixer until the whole thing turns white and puffy. Then pour the entire thing onto a silpat or sprayed non stick pan and let it cool for a few hours. The marshmallows can be easily cut into squares with a pizza cutter then rolled in powdered sugar. The result?

Delicious. Fresh. Marshmallows.

They taste just like regular marshmallows, but maybe a little creamier. In any case, I'd call this recipe an easy win - great in hot chocolate or for making s'mores. Imagine if you made your own graham crackers and THEN made s'mores...amazing...