Friday, December 16, 2011

The Twelve Days of Goodies - Day 5

Now you can't have hot chocolate without topping it off with some marshmallows. Sure you can just buy them, but believe it or not, marshmallows are simple to make, so why not try making some for yourself.

Simple Homemade Marshmallows

3 envelopes of unflavored gelatin
1/2 cup cold water
2 cups granulated sugar
2/3 cups corn syrup
1/4 cup water
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
powdered sugar for dredging

Sprinkle the gelatin over 1/2 cup cold water in a mixing bowl. Set aside.

In a medium saucepan, combine sugar, corn syrup and 1/4 cup cold water. Bring to a boil. Let the sugar mixture boil for a minute.

Pour boiling sugar mixture into gelatin and mix on high speed. Add salt and beat for 12 minutes.

Add vanilla, or any other flavoring you choose. Pour marshmallow into a pan that is lined with oiled waxed paper. Lightly oil a spatula, or your hands, and spread marshmallow smooth.

Top with some powdered sugar and let set for a few hours. After that you can cut them in to squares or use a cookie cutter to create fun shapes. After cutting, dredge marshmallows in powdered sugar. Shake off any extra sugar.

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