Homemade Marshmallows

Hannah would probably like this one!

¾ c. plus 1 tbsp. water
2½ tbsp. unflavored gelatin (about 3 pkgs of Knox gelatin)
2 c. granulated (caster) sugar
1 c. light corn syrup
¼ c. mild honey
¼ tsp. salt
2 tbsp. vanilla
Powdered sugar for dusting

In a large mixing bowl, sprinkle gelatin over ½ cup plus 1 tbsp. water; let stand to soften.

Meanwhile, combine sugar, corn syrup, honey, salt, and remaining ¼ c. water in a large heavy pot.  Cook over medium heat for a few minutes until combined.  Increase heat and bring to a full boil for about 30 seconds, string frequently. Reduce heat and stir in gelatine and vanilla, and stir for another 30 seconds until all the gelatine has dissolved. (Be careful when adding the flavouring as the alcohol sometimes causes it to splatter.)

Transfer the mixture to the bowl of an electric mixer and whisk for about 5 minutes at high speed, until white and fluffy and very stiff peaks form.

Spray a 9×13 inch baking pan with lots (and lots) of cooking spray.  Line the pan with parchment and spray the parchment. Spray a rubber spatula with more cooking spray, and use it to transfer the marshmallow goo into the pan.  Flatten the top using the sprayed spatula.  Let cool, cover with plastic wrap and let stand overnight.

Turn out the marshmallows onto a cutting surface.  Spray a knife with cooking spray, and cut the marshmallows into squares; toss with confectioner’s sugar, shaking off the excess.  Set aside to dry completely, and store in a plastic container.


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