EatBoutique is back! In two days Boston will have 30 food makers, 10 favorite drink makers, and awesome cookbook authors serenading us with their delicious homemade holiday goods. This time of year is about appreciating and giving, even in the most simplest forms such as in…marshmallows! Yes, marshmallows are the easiest, perfect and satisfying gift for your loved ones. Top them on your hot chocolate or pop them in your snack bag — they are so festive!
At the last EatBoutique event we came across Sweet Lydia’s gourmet marshmallows and her assortment of flavors encouraged us to make our own. Marshmallows are easy to make but you have to pay close attention to every step in order to get the texture you are hoping for. Our first batch we infused with huge chunks of peppermint candy because we wanted them to melt in hot chocolate and give it a minty after taste. Have you ever tried making homemade marshmallows? Let us know if you come up with a festive twist or any tips. Have a great weekend and happy holiday creating! Vegetable-oil cooking spray
2 cups sugar
1 Tbs corn syrup
3/4 cup water (for sugar and corn syrup)
4 packages (1/4 ounce each) unflavored gelatin
3/4 cup water (for gelatin)
3/4 tsp peppermint or vanilla extract
2 large egg whites
Droplets of red dye
About 10 peppermint candy (or more–depending on how much you want in your marshmallows)
1. Line a 8″x8″ baking pan with parchment paper and spray vegetable-oil spray all over the bottom and the sides.
2. In a small saucepan put sugar, corn syrup, and water over medium heat stirring until sugar is dissolved. Stop stirring and let the mixture come to a boil and raise heat to medium-high. Cook until mixture registers 265 degrees on a candy thermometer.
3. Meanwhile, pour gelatin over 3/4 cup water in a heat-proof bowl and let it sit for 5 minutes. Then, set the bowl with the gelatin mixture over a pan of simmering water and whisk constantly until gelatin is dissolved. Then, add either vanilla extract, or peppermint if you want it to be extra minty.
4. While you are working on step #1 + #2, in an electric mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, beat egg whites until peak forms.
5. Add gelatin into the sugar mixture when ready.
6. Add #5 mixture into the egg white when ready. You should turn the electric mixer on low-speed for this step.
7. When all the ingredients are combined, mix on high-speed for about 12-15 minutes, or until thick.
8. Add a few drops of red dye and pulse a couple of times or, add the marshmallow into the pan, tap the pan on the counter to release air bubbles, and then add the red dye and swirl it around with a toothpick (or chopstick in this case) quickly.
9. Sprinkle peppermint candy on top.