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Hi Bold Bakers!
Most Homemade Marshmallow recipes contain corn syrup however it is not widely available. I’m sharing a recipe that shows you how to make fluffy Homemade Marshmallow without corn syrup. Also, I’m going to tell you how you can make them vegan as well.
Tips for Making Homemade Marshmallows
Don’t stir your sugar/gelatin mix once it comes to a simmer. It can cause the sugar to crack. Once it cracks, it has to go into the bin. Unfortunately, there’s no coming back from that.
Making Marshmallows Vegan
When a recipe calls for powdered gelatin, replace it with the same amount of powdered Agar-Agar. Using Agar flakes is a different quantity than powdered agar. Replace the gelatin or Agar-Agar with 3 times the amount of Agar flakes.
You do need a candy thermometer to make Homemade Marshmallows. It is an inexpensive piece of kitchen equipment that comes in really handy for the recipes that require it. Note that when you are waiting and waiting for the sugar to reach “soft ball” stage it will seem like it is taking forever. Well it kind of is, but hold your nerve. It will eventually get there.
Cut and store your Homemade Marshmallows in an air tight container for 6 weeks.
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Homemade Marshmallows (Corn Syrup Free)
- 2 tablespoons gelatin (2 envelopes Knox)
- 1 cup (8floz/225ml) cold water, divided
- 2 cups (16oz/450g) granulated sugar
- ½ cup (11/3oz/28g) powdered sugar
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- Dust a 9-inch square baking pan liberally with icing sugar.
- In a small bowl, mix together the gelatin in 1/2 cup cold water. Set aside for 10 minutes to set.
- Place the remaining 1/2 cup of water and sugar in a pot and stir to dissolve over medium heat.
- Add the gelatin and bring to a rolling boil, without stirring until it reaches 240°F.
- Carefully remove from the heat and pour into a bowl of an electric mixer.
- Stir in the salt and vanilla extract.
- Beat with the whisk attachment of the electric mixer on low for 2 minutes then increase to high until soft and doubled in volume, about 10-15 minutes.
- Pour into the prepared pan and smooth with a spatula. It helps if you grease the spatula with flavorless oil as the marshmallow is really sticky.
- Cool in the pan uncovered, until firm, minimum 3 hours. Lightly dust the top with sifted powdered sugar.
- Use a small round cookie cutter to cut out snowmen heads. Dust with powdered sugar and pipe on eyes, mouths and noses with melted chocolate and melted orange melts. Enjoy as is or in hot chocolate!