Marshmallows

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Marshmallows Recipe

The marshmallows are amazingly soft and fresh-tasting. They aren’t quite
as puffy as commercial ones, but they puff and brown when toasted and melt
easily in liquid (can’t wait to try them in hot chocolate or cocoa). I
think they’ll make yummy s’mores with vegan chocolate chips and graham
crackers! I’m also thinking of cutting some of them into Xmas tree shapes
(triangles) and dipping them in chocolate for Xmas cookie/candy boxes.

This is not a difficult recipe, but you need an electric mixer to do it.
It will be a lot easier if you have a candy thermometer (fairly cheap in a
kitchen shop…I got mine at a grocery store for about $4). Also, don’t
try this if you hate making messes! The “creme” is very sticky and hard to
scrape out of the bowl. I got it all over me!!

Anyway – for those of you who have a couple of hours to kill and a
hankering for marshmallows, here’s that recipe again. Enjoy!!

 

Ingredients (use vegan versions):

 

  • 3 tablespoons vegan gelatin
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 cups vegan sugar (I used unbleached)
  • 3/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract

 

Directions:

 

Put in the mixing bowl and let stand 1 hour:

3 tablespoons vegan gelatin and
1/2 cup water

In about 1/2 hour, begin to prepare a syrup. Place in a heavy pan over low
heat and stir until dissolved:

2 cups sugar (I used unbleached)
3/4 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup water
1/4 teaspoon salt

When the mixture start to boil, cover it about 3 minutes to allow any
crystals which have formed to be washed down from the sides of the pan.
Be )careful, though, not to let the mixture boil over.
Continue to cook uncovered and unstirred over high heat to the firm-ball
stage (244 degrees F). Overcooking makes the marshmallows tough. Remove
the mixture from heat and pour slowly over the gelatin, beating constantly
with an electric mixer. Continue to beat about 15 minutes after all the
syrup has been added. While beating, when the mixture is thick but still
smooth, add:

2 tablespoons vanilla extract.

Put the mixture into an 8 x 12 in pan that has been lightly dusted with
cornstarch. Dust the top with cornstarch and set aside. When it has
dried for )12 hours, remove it from the pan, cut it into square with
scissors dusted with ) cornstarch, and store the fully dusted pieces in a
closed tin.

 

Makes about 1 3/4 lbs.

 

Possible variations:

Add coconut extract instead of vanilla. pour into pan
coated with tasted coconut and roll cut pieces in toasted coconut instead
of cornstarch.

Use creme-de-menthe instead of vanilla for mint marshmallows.

Use other flavors/liqueurs (almond extract, orange, coffee liqueur , etc.) instead of
vanilla.

Cut marshmallows into shapes and dip in melted vegan chocolate.

Tint marshmallows with vegetable colors while beating the creme. Cut into
holiday shapes (especially nice for spring – Easter, etc.).

 

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