I foresee lots of mugs of hot chocolate in your future. And how sad would those mugs be without a big, honking homemade marshmallow floating on top?
I made you a small pan of homemade marshmallows. I spread the gooey batter in a 9 x 5-inch bread loaf pan. When sliced, you get 8 large marshmallows. So perfect for so many cool days ahead.
You don’t really have to wear flannel when making and eating marshmallows, but it does something for the flavor, I tell ya. Also, if it’s one of those perfect crisp Fall days where you need a jacket in the morning but the sun warms you plenty in the afternoon, the marshmallows will be especially delicious. Trusted facts only here.
Do you see the tiny black specks? They’re vanilla bean! I’m moderately obsessed with vanilla beans lately. I found a spice store in my town that sells 3 for about $8, and I think that’s pretty reasonable, as far as vanilla beans go. So, I’ve been using them in everything (especially pie!), but if you don’t have half of a vanilla bean, just use 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract. If anything, vanilla extract can sometimes be fruitier and stronger. Although, the tiny specks of vanilla bean in your marshmallow are delightfully crunchy.
I’ve always wanted to make homemade marshmallows, but I have been putting it off for a rainy day when I had plenty of time to make them. I assumed they were time-consuming and difficult. Honestly, I had this batch of marshmallows in the pan in 20 minutes. Yeah, they had to set for 3 hours before I could cut them and roll them in powdered sugar (the most fun part!), but seriously, homemade marshmallows couldn’t be easier. Maybe it’s harder to wield a large amount of sticky marshmallow cream into a pan, but when you’re dealing with a small amount, it’s easier? I’m not sure why these were so simple to pull together. All I know is my future has a lot of marshmallows in it. And that can never be a bad thing.
10 minPrep Time
10 minCook Time
20 minTotal Time
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/3 cup light (clear) corn syrup
- pinch of salt
- 6 tablespoons cool water
- 1 packet (2 1/2 teaspoons) unflavored gelatin powder
- 1/2 vanilla bean (or 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract)
- 3/4 cup powdered sugar
- In a medium sauce pan, stir together the granulated sugar, corn syrup, salt, and 3 tablespoons of the water. Turn the heat to high and bring to a boil without stirring. Clip a candy thermometer to the edge of the pan, and boil until it reaches 238-degrees Farenheit.
- Meanwhile, add the remaining 3 tablespoons of water to a large bowl and sprinkle the gelatin on top. Let sit for a few minutes without stirring.
- When the sugar syrup reaches 238, slowly begin to stream it into the gelatin mixture while constantly beating with a hand mixer (not a stand mixer). Do not splash the syrup on the edges of the bowl, or it will harden immediately. Go slow, and take your time.
- Beat the mixture for a full 10 minutes.
- Stir in the vanilla extract or vanilla bean seeds and mix until combined.
- Spread the mixture into a 9 x 5" loaf pan that has been lined with parchment paper and greased very well with either cooking spray, butter or oil.
- Let the mixture set uncovered for at least 3 hours.
- When ready to cut, sprinkle the powdered sugar on a work surface. Dump the marshmallows out on the surface, and slice while dipping the knife in powdered sugar between cuts. Roll all of the edges of the marshmallows in the powdered sugar.
- Store the marshmallows in an air-tight container at room temperature. They will keep for 2-3 days .