Marshmallows are loved by almost everyone, young and old. It is a sweet so irrestible that most of us think that the recipe is a secret guarded by the world's famous confectioners, some of us ,including myself, think that homemade marshmallows will never, ever taste like the ones in the candy store and that homemade marshmallows will never taste so heavenly and feel so soft. But this is ..............MYTH.
The recipe for marshmallows is so easy that it has only 3 ingredients and the first time I tried my hands at it.....I got awesome results. Good news is that you can involve your kids in making this, as the holidays are always around the corner and the mothers are thinking about what different activity they can do for this holiday.
Will you believe me if I tell you that marshmallows were first made in...EGYPT? And marshmallows were first made as MEDICINE for sore throat. Goodness gracious! I guess long back every child had bouts of sore throat every day(fake ones of course) and what an easy task the mother will have had...just feed them marshmallows. Sadly it is no more a medicine. I'll tell you why.
Marshmallows were at first made using the root of the marshmallow plant which has a medicinal property of curing sore throat. This root has been now replaced by gelatin in the marshmallow recipe...and all those vegans out there don't become disheartened at the sight of gelatin, you can use gelatin derived from plants or even substitute it with agar. So tada...now marshmallows are not medicines anymore.
Why make marshmallows when you can readily buy it from the store? If you are planning a party one thing that you will keep in mind is budgeting. You can easily make marshmallows instead of buying them as this saves money. You will surely save more than 50% of the money if you were to make marshmallows instead on buying them. You are sure to get lovely feedback from your guests and children.
- 3 1/2 tsp. gelatin, powder
- 300 g sugar
- 2 tbsp. corn flour
- 1 tsp. vanilla syrup
- pinch of salt
- 1 cup water
- 2 tbsp. cornflour
- 2 tbsp. icing sugar
- Mix gelatin in 1/2 cup water. Double boil it.
- Mix the sugar in the remaining 1/2 cup water. Boil it till the sugar crystals have dissolved completely.
- Leave both aside till it cools.
- After it cools mix both together and beat for 2 minutes.
- Add salt and vanilla and beat for 1 more minute.
- Add the corn flour and beat for 20 to 30 minutes. (Till you get the consistency seen in the video posted below)
- Add some coloring and pour the mixture into buttered a tray. The marshmallow should be 1 inch in thickness. Pour into a square shaped trey or container. (You can divide the mixture and add different colors) I have made in 3 colors. make sure to even the surface with a spoon and wipe the sides.
- Freeze for 1 to 2 hours or till set. The timing for the marshmallow to set differs. I have frozen for 20 minutes and sometimes froze them overnight. Normally they will be set in 2 hours.
- When set the marshmallow when touched should not stick on your fingers and should have hardened and feel chewy and a bit rubbery (bouncy)
- Cut the marshmallows in cubes with a knife sprinkled with some corn flour.
- Mix the icing sugar and corn flour. Cover the marshmallows in them. Dust all sides all sides.
- Now is the hardest part. You should only eat these marshmallows after leaving them in the fridge for ONE full day, in an open container. It will be cool and lovely.
Consistency of marshmallow
FEW IDEAS FOR YOUR MARSHMALLOWS
- If you don't have castor or icing sugar then blend some sugar crystals and sieve it to get the powder.
- You can make double layered marshmallows by pouring the differently colored mixture one on top of the other. Best is to leave one white and add 1 tsp. of cocoa powder to the other. This way you will get vanilla-choc marshmallows.
- You can also skew the marshmallows and hold it on an open flame. The sugar on the out will caramelize and the marshmallow inside will melt. This is camper's favorite.
- You can add mini marshmallows on your chocolate crackles (bubble cake)
- You can use these marshmallows to make chocolate mousse.
- If you want fruit flavored marshmallows then you can add pineapple flavor and pineapple essence to make the yellow marshmallows, apple flavor and apple essence for the green, strawberry flavor and strawberry essence for the pink, and you can make your imagination run wild and make blue raspberries, purple grapes and what not all.
- You can use these homemade marshmallows for your rocky road desserts.
- Float marshmallows on hot chocolate drink.
- Heard of marshmallow cupcakes! When your cupcake is just about to be taken out of the oven, place a colored marshmallow on the top. The marshmallow will melt and make a perfect top which will be soft and chewy. Cute too.
- Include marshmallows in your fruit salad. You will love this.
- Decorate desserts with marshmallows.
- MARSHMALLOW CUP CAKE. Put a marshmallow on top of a baking cupcake 1 minute before you take it off the oven. This will compensate for icing and you will get a pastel colored chewy topping.
- Marshmallows are used at the end of an ice cream cone to prevent it from soaking and dripping from the tip.
- Make Brownies with marshmallow bases.
- You can decorate your cookies using marshmallow. Like this melting snowman which will become an instant hit at a kids party.
- Makes toppings for toast or waffles. Place marshmallows on hot toast or waffles. The heat will melt the marshmallow giving you a sweet topping that you are going to think about for the next few days.
- Dip marshmallows on melted chocolate and sprinkle chopped nuts to make a marshmallow variation fit for the queen.
- You can cut marshmallows using tools shaped like hearts, stars etc. instead of the plain cubes.
- You can make chocolate coated marshmallows.
MARSHMALLOWS MADE ACCORDING TO THIS RECIPE CAN BE STORED AT ROOM TEMPERATURE FOR 2 WEEKS IN AN AIRTIGHT CONTAINER.
Learn to roast a marshmallow
NOW PLEASE POST YOUR COMMENTS. THE GOOD AND THE NOT SO GOOD...Thank you