Sunday, December 16, 2012

Homemade Marshmallows

I originally found this recipe for Peppermint Marshmallows on Pinterest and followed it back to The BeanTown Baker's blog.  I've also adapted the recipe to make maple flavour marshmallows.


  • 1 cup ice cold water, divided
  • 3 packets gelatin
  • 1 cup white corn syrup
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar (substitute 1 cup pure maple syrup for the maple ones)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 tsp peppermint extract (omit for maple ones)
  • powdered sugar and cornstarch in equal portions
  • food colouring (optional)

  • Add 1/2 cup cold water to mixing bowl of stand mixer and sprinkle gelatin on top, set aside

  • Bring to simmer remaining water, sugar(or maple syrup), corn syrup and salt in a small saucepan
  • Once simmering, cover with lid and cook for 4-5 minutes
  • Remove lid and continue to heat until mixture reaches 240° or hard ball stage, remove from heat

  • Turn stand mixer on to low and mix gelatin for 1 minute
  • Slowly pour hot sugar mixture down side of bowl while mixing
  • Once all the sugar mixture has been added, increas speed to high
  • Allow to mix for approx. 15 minutes, till it cools and almost triples in volume
  • While mixing, prepare 9x13 pan - lightly oil the pan and dust with powdered sugar/cornstarch mixture
  • When ready, pour mixture into prepared pan, smooth top with oiled offset spatula
  • Dust top of marshmallows with powdered sugar/cornstarch mixture
  • Leave to dry for a minimun of 4 hours, or preferably overnight
  • Turn out onto dusted cutting board
  • Cut into 1 inch squares (a pizza wheel works best)
  • Toss each square into the powdered sugar/cornstarch mixture to coat sticky sides, brushing off any excess

Store in airtight container for up to 3 weeks

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