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2011/1/28 >"What's for Dinner Honey?" Homemade Marshmallows


"What's for Dinner Honey?"

Homemade Marshmallows- from Cooper and Roald Dahl

3 envelopes Knox unflavored gelatin
1/2 cup cold water
2 cups granulated sugar
2/3 cups light corn syrup
1/4 cup water
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon vanilla extract {or other flavor extract}
Confectioners’ sugar

Line 8 x 8-inch pan with plastic wrap and lightly oil it with your hands.

In the bowl of an electric mixer, sprinkle gelatin over 1/2 cup cold water. Soak for about 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, combine sugar, corn syrup and 1/4 cup water in a small saucepan. Bring the mixture to a rapid boil.  As soon as it is boiling, set the timer and allow to boil hard for 1 minute.

Carefully pour the boiling syrup into soaked gelatin and turn on the mixer, using the whisk attachment, starting on low and moving up to high speed. Add the salt and beat for between 10 and 12 minutes, or until fluffy and mostly cooled to almost room temperature. After it reaches that stage, add in the extract and beat to mix.

Grease your hands and a rubber or silicone scraper with neutral oil {like canola} and transfer marshmallow into the prepared pan. Use your greased hands to press the marshmallow into the pan evenly.  Lightly oil another piece of plastic wrap and press lightly on top of the marshmallow, creating a seal. Let mixture sit for a few hours, or overnight, until cooled and firmly set.

Dust a flat working surface generously with confectioners' sugar.  Turn the marshmallow slab out onto it. Dust the top with more sugar, more generously. 

Cut into 1 1/2" blocks and toss with even more confectioners' sugar.