I'll apologize in advance for a lack of process pictures, you have to be quick when making these and I didn't have a second person available to take pictures ( but when I cut them people flocked in!)
When I try Anything new the first place I look for a recipe is Alton Brown, so it's no surprise it is his recipe i modified for this batch of mallows
- 3 packages unflavored gelatin
- 1 cup ice cold water, divided
- 12 ounces granulated sugar, approximately 1 1/2 cups
- 1 cup light corn syrup
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
- 1/4 cup cornstarch
- Nonstick spray
- Take 1/2 of the water (I substituted 1/4 cup with chambord, in hindsight I should have used a full 1/2 cup of it) place the liquid in the bowl of your stand mixer(with whip attachment) and sprinkle the Gelatin over it, this will bloom the gelatin.
- Mix the remaining water(1/2 cup) with the sugar, corn syrup , and salt
- Heat over med/med-hi (use a bigger pot than you think you'd need the liquid can bubble up and over flow, trust me.... i know from experience)
- Heat covered for about 4 mins then uncover and place thermometer on the side of the pot, make sure the bottom is in the liquid but not touching the bottom
- While that mixture heats to 240,
- I mixed the corn starch and powdered sugar, I sifted it to make sure there weren't lumps of sugar
- When the mixture is at 240 turn mixer on low , remove candy thermometer and slowly pour the hot mixture down the side of the bowl.
- Once all the mixture is in the bowl turn to High and allow mixture to whip for around 10-15 mins untill it has cooled down ( add vanilla in the last minute of whipping , I added another 3 Tablespoons or 1/4 cup of Chambord at this time)
- While the mixture is whipping spray a 9x13 pan with nonstick spray and dust with some of the starch mixture
- When the mixture is cool take the bowl and a spatula sprayed with nonstick spray and put the mixture in the pan , flattening it with the spatula to make a smooth layer (you have to do this pretty quickly )
- Dust the top with more of the sugar mixture and allow the mallows to sit for 4hrs to overnight.
- when you are ready to cut you should be able to just remove them from the pan lay them on a surface dusted with the sugar to be safe and run a pizza cutter through them
- After you cut them throw them in more of the starch mixture( I put the starch in a bag and threw the mallows in after i cut each row and shook them about so they wouldn't stick together)
- Eat em !!!!!!
If I were to do these again, I would just use a raspberry extract or perhaps a puree instead of the Chambord Because they aren't super raspberry tasting
Aside from that I think this was a pretty successful first batch of marshmallows. give them a try, They are a pretty cheap thing to make and you can cut them and Give them as homemade gifts, maybe after drizzling them with chocolate or perhaps dipping them halfway in chocolate