Even after Valentine’s day, you can still enjoy these fluffy mallows .You can make them any day, any time. After you’ve sunk into these homemade marshmallows, you will never want to have the store bought ones again. It is not as intimidating as it looks. It was actually very easy to do. And once you get the hang of the process, you’ll never be able to stop.
One of the most important basic tools to have is a candy thermometer. I admit they are pricey for a kitchen tool, but I waited till the local craft store had them on sale, combined the price markdown with a discount coupon and did pretty good in the savings department.
But back to these mallows. I absolutely love marshmallows. I loved these homemade ones even more. These mallows turned out like soft, puffy, angelic, little clouds of sweetness once they were done. A few hours after, I went a step further and poured melted chocolate over it. The result was a gorgeous choco-mallow dream! Stick to the recipe below and follow everything well. I promise, you will love it so much and will never ever like ‘store bought’ again! And yes, you can make these marvelous marshmallows anytime, it will seem like Valentine’s everyday!
I have done different recipes of homemade marshmallows for the past year. Some you may have seen on this blog before. This is a recipe I tried and repeatedly made many times. But first, make sure you have a good candy thermometer. The syrup’s temperature is the key to a good marshmallow base. Once you have the right temperature for the syrup, everything will fall in place for a good batch of marshmallows. After you succeed with the basic steps, you’re going to get as adventurous as I was and try different flavors. These come out billowy, fluffy, soft, sweet without the artificial tastes you get from store-bought, commercial mallows. Make a batch, pour some chocolate on it and just go to heaven! This recipe was adapted from the site carrollcountytimes.com/carrieskitchen and made 24 pieces.
- confectioners' powdered sugar - 1/4 cup, for lining the pan
- cornstarch - 1/4 cup, for lining the pan
- nonstick spray - for spraying the pan
- Knox unflavored gelatine - 3 envelopes
- ice cold water - 1 cup, divided
- granulated white sugar - 12 ounces, about 1 1/2 cups
- Karo light corn syrup - 1 cup
- salt - 1/4 teaspoon
- vanilla extract - 1 teaspoon
- regular chocolate bar - 1 large piece (3.5 oz or 100 g), for frosting
- dark chocolate bar - 1 large piece (3.5 oz. or 100 g) for frosting
- Prepare the pan. In a small bowl, combine the confectioners' sugar and cornstarch. Lightly spray a 13 x 9-inch baking pan with cooking spray. Sprinkle the sugar and cornstarch mixture all over, till it covers the pan completely. Make sure to cover the bottom and sides of the pan. If there is any remaining sugar-cornstarch mixture, put aside for use later.
- Meanwhile, place the contents of the gelatin envelopes into the bowl of the stand mixer. Add 1/2 cup of the cold water. Make sure the whisk attachment of the mixer is close by.
- Separately, prepare the syrup. In a small saucepan, combine the remaining 1/2 cup water, granulated white sugar, corn syrup and salt. Cook on medium high heat, stirring to make sure no sugar burns to the bottom. Using a candy thermometer, clip it onto the side of the pan and continue to cook till the syrup mixture reads 240 degrees. This should take about 8 to 10 minutes. If you don't have a candy thermometer, you can use a meat thermometer, but do not let it lean on the pot or it will affect your reading. Once the mixture is this desired temperature, immediately remove the syrup from the stove top.
- Slowly pour the sugar syrup into the gelatin mixture waiting in the mixer bowl. Pour the syrup from the sides of the bowl. Work quickly and stir this mixture with a spoon to make the gelatin dissolve from its gelled state into the liquid sugar.
- Fit the whisk attachment on the stand mixer. To mix the gelatin-syrup mixture, allow the mixer to progress from a slow speed gradually increasing the speed to high. Continue to mix and whip till the mixture becomes very thick and feels lukewarm to the touch. This will take about 12 to 15 minutes. Add the vanilla extract at the last minute of whipping. You will notice the syrup-gelatin mixture will transform to a white, fluffy, elevated puffy mixture.
- Pour this mixture into the prepared pan lined with confectioners' sugar and cornstarch. Use a pre-oiled spatula to spread the white marshmallow mixture all over the pan. Using the remaining confectioners' sugar-cornstarch mixture left from the pan lining, lightly dust the top, till most of it is covered.
- Allow the marshmallow mixture in the pan to sit uncovered for at least 4 hours or up to overnight.
- To prepare: after 4 hours or the next day, turn the marshmallow sheet out on the cutting board. If difficult to move, lift the corners with a well-oiled spatula and pull it out with your hands.
- To cut: using a pre-oiled, pre-dusted with confectioner's sugar pizza cutter, cut the sheet into strips. Then cut them into cubes measuring 2 inches. Once cut, dust all sides with remaining powdered sugar-cornstarch mixture, adding more if needed. Transfer the mallows on a rack, where you can add the chocolate.
- To make the frosting for marshmallows : cut up 2 whole chocolate candy bars into chunks. I used a combination of regular milk chocolate and the dark type.Microwave chocolate chunks on high for about 2 to 3 minutes. Repeat for 30 seconds more if not yet melted.
- Arrange bare marshmallow pieces on a rack, with a tray underneath it.
- As soon as the chocolate bars have melted, pour them over the marshmallows. Do this while chocolate is still hot.
- Have a piece of parchment or wax paper ready under the rack to catch the dripping chocolate.
- Freeze or refrigerate the choco-covered marshmallows, so that chocolate remains firm.
- RECIPE NOTES: If you've never done homemade marshmallows from scratch before, here is a helpful video from my good friend Chef Jenni Field on how to do it. Though her recipe and ingredients slightly differ from mine, you'll see first hand how to make them. For other delightful recipes and baking tips, check out Jenni's site Pastry Chef Online, too.