Here is a super simple way to make your own marshmallows at home. They are so much better than the store-bought variety and no corn syrup is added.
Dust an 8 or 9 inch cake pan with some powdered sugar. Set aside.
Toast flaked coconut by placing on a baking sheet in a 350 degree F oven. Stir often for about 10 minutes. I use my toaster oven!
In a small bowl, soak gelatin in 4 tablespoons of cold water. Set aside.
Combine granulated sugar and 1/4 cup of water in a large heavy saucepan. Cook and stir over medium heat until dissolved. Add gelatin and bring to a boil. Remove from heat. Pour into a large mixing bowl and let stand until partially cool.
Add salt and vanilla extract. Beat with an electric mixer until soft peaks form and it doubles in volume, approximately 10-15 minutes.
Pour into prepared pan and set to cool until it doesn't stick to your finger when you touch it.
Cut into 1 inch pieces and roll in powdered sugar and/or toasted coconut. My photo shows both variations. Enjoy!
By attosa from Los Angeles, CA
I made homemade marshmallows at Christmas and they did not set up and I think it was because I only have a portable mixer. I think you need a stand mixer for these. Otherwise, the mixture crawls up the beaters. That is what happened to me and I turned it off so it didn't get inside the workings of my mixer. They turned a little thicker than marshmallow creme. I used it in a recipe for fudge but even that turned out grainy. So unless I get a different mixer, I won't be trying it again.
Hi Laniegirl, I only have an electric hand mixer and that's what I use for these marshmallows. Because they don't have corn syrup, they are a touch softer than store-bought marshmallows but not at all like marshmallow creme. I use exactly this recipe with the electric hand mixer and they're perfect every time. :)
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