Homemade Marshmallows
Lisa @ The Cutting Edge of Ordinary - recipe from Ina Garten
If you think you hate marshmallows I urge you to make a batch of these. You might not hate marshmallows anymore.
3 packages of unflavored gelatin (found in the jell-o aisle)
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
Confectioners sugar, for dusting
Combine the gelatin and 1/2 cup of cold water in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment and allow it to sit while you make the syrup.
Meanwhile, combine the sugar, corn syrup, salt and 1/2 cup water in a small saucepan and cook over medium heat until the sugar dissolves. Raise the heat to high and cook until the syrup reaches 240 degrees on a candy thermometer. Remove from the heat. (This took a good 5 - 7 mins for me).
With the mixer on low speed, slowly pour the sugar syrup into the dissolved gelatin. Put the mixer on high and whip until it is very thick, about 15 minutes. Add the vanilla and mix thoroughly.
With a sieve, generously dust and 8x12 inch nonmetal baking dish with confectioners' sugar. I don't have a 8x12. I have plenty of 9x13 pans, so that's what I used. Pour the marshmallow mixture into the pan*, smooth the top (I used an offset spatula), and dust with more confectioners' sugar. Allow to stand uncovered overnight until it dries out.
* Spray whatever utensils you are using with a bit of cooking spray. Makes it the mixture much easier to spread.
Turn the marshmallows onto a board and cut them into squares. Dust with more confectioners' sugar. Pop into you mouth and thank yourself for going that extra mile and making homemade marshmallows that are a thousand times better then the ones in a bag! Yum!