Christmas is finally here! What about some light and fluffy marshmallows to go with that mulled wine? Make them green and perhaps red too and have them with your cuppa home-brewed chocolate or cappuccino.
It’s not difficult to make marshmallows from scratch, but forming neatly shaped cubical blocks out of these marshmallow mixtures could be challenging. Nevertheless, it was a really amazing process to be able to watch the bowl of sugar liquid gradually disappear and then foam up to triple its original volume – a magical process not dissimilar to watching a spinning cotton candy machine.
- Oil: 2 tbsp
- Powdered sugar: 1/2 cup + 1/2 cup + extra for coating
- Water: 1/2 cup + 1/2 cup
- Gelatin: 14g (2 sachets)
- Caster sugar: 2 cups
- Corn syrup: 1/2 cup
- Vanilla extract: 2 tsp
- Peppermint extract: 4 drops
- Grease baking tray with oil. Place greased paper onto the tray, then grease the paper with oil again.
- Coat baking paper with 1/2 cup powdered sugar. Set aside.
- Place 1/2 cup water in whisking bowl. Sprinkle gelatin on top. Leave to stand for 5 min.
- Microwave 1/2 cup water, sugar and corn syrup on high for 7 min.
- Stir sugar mixture. Microwave again on high for 5 min.
- Leave to cool for 5 min before handling the bowl of sugar mixture.
- Pour sugar mixture into gelatin mixture. Whisk on medium speed for 8 min.
- Continue whisking on high for 10 min till fluffy and 3 times the original volume.
- Add vanilla extract and peppermint extract. Whisk briefly till mixed in.
- Pour into tray with greased paper. Smooth top with spatula.
- Drop green colouring randomly onto top. Use a toothpick to swirl the colouring and to create your own designs.
- Sift 1/2 cup powdered sugar onto top of marshmallow. Chill for 3 hrs.
- Grease both sides of a knife with oil.
- Cut marshmallow into 1″ squares. Place marshmallow squares into a bowl of powdered sugar to coat.
- Store in fridge for up to a week.
- Be sure to add in enough gelatin so that the shape of the marshmallows forms well and stays so. Otherwise, you’ll get really sticky marshmallows that taste as great but looks sloppy and gluey and all over the place!
- Try this recipe out with different magical colours of Christmas – yellow, orange, blue, red, purple – and add in the flavourings accordingly (e.g. lemon, orange).
1 tray of marshmallow squares (about 50 pieces)