So, I’ve always wanted to make marshmallows and thought what better time than now! It’s cold. I want hot chocolate. What goes perfectly with hot chocolate? MARSHMALLOWS. 🙂
A lot of people don’t know this, but the first marshmallows were used as a medicinal substance. They used to make it with mucilaginous extracts which came from the marshmallow plant [Althaea officinalis]. The Marshmallow plant was used for sore throats. The creation of marshmallows as candy dates back to ancient Egypt where they would make the marshmallows and mix it with nuts and honey. Using the plant was very labor intensive and finally the French found a way to make the marshmallow with gelatin or egg whites. And there you have it!
They are very very easy to make, just a bit sticky. I took this recipe from the amazing Martha Stewart. When in doubt, go to Martha Stewart :). So take a 9 by 9 inch baking pan and spray it with cooking spray. Then line it with plastic wrap. Sprinkle gelatin in the bowl of a standing mixer and pour 1/2 c water over it. Let it stand for 10 minutes.
Bring sugar, corn syrup and the rest of the water to a boil.
Then with the the mixer on high, pour the boiling mixture into the gelatin mixture. Add the salt and keep mixing for around 10-12 minutes.
Now take your vanilla bean.
Scrape it and pour the seeds and vanilla extract into the mixture. Once it’s fully incorporated, you need to take the mixture out and put it into the baking dish. Spray a spatula with cooking spray. The oil keeps the mixture from sticking. Get the mixture into the baking dish and flatten it out.
Take a piece of plastic wrap, that will cover the prepared baking dish, and spray it w cooking spray. Place it on top of the dish spray side down.
Let it stand for 2 hours. Then carefully remove the marshmallows and take the plastic wrap off. Oil a sharp knife and cut into preferred size pieces. Roll each piece in confectioner’s sugar and enjoy!
Happy hot chocolate making and dropping marshmallows [many, many of them] into it!