Strawberry Marshmallows

I’m not a huge marshmallow fan, however, I  have always wanted to make my own marshmallows.  My children love marshmallows, especially in their hot chocolate, but because marshmallows are not in my immediate food radar I haven’t bought any or thought much about them.  My youngest tween daughter mentioned she wanted to make some homemade marshmallows so I searched online and went back to my trusted source Saveur;  the only change I made in this recipe is omit the red food coloring (because I seriously don’t care for it).

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Canola oil, for greasing
1½ cups sugar
¾ cup light corn syrup
¼ cup honey
3 tbsp. unflavored powdered gelatin, softened in ½ cup cold water
6 oz. dried strawberries, minced
1/3 cup plus 1 tbsp. cornstarch
½ cup confectioners’ sugar

1. Grease an 8″ x 8″ baking pan, line bottom and sides with parchment paper, and grease paper. Grease a rubber spatula; set aside. **I actually used 9″x13″ and it was still plentiful!

2. Combine sugar, syrup, honey, and ½ cup water in a 2–qt. saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a simmer; cook, without stirring, until syrup reaches 250° on a candy thermometer. Remove from heat; let cool to 220°.

3. Meanwhile, bring ½ cup water to a boil in a small saucepan. Place bowl of gelatin over boiling water; whisk until gelatin becomes liquid. Transfer to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a whisk; add food coloring. Add cooled sugar syrup to gelatin; whisk on high speed until mixture holds stiff peaks, 5–6 minutes. In a small bowl, toss together strawberries and 1 tbsp. cornstarch; add to marshmallow mixture; mix to incorporate. Pour mixture into prepared pan; smooth top with oiled spatula; let cool until set, 5–6 hours.

4. Combine remaining cornstarch and confectioners’ sugar in a bowl and transfer to a strainer; dust work surface with mixture. Slide a knife around edge of pan to release marshmallows; remove from pan. Dust cornstarch mixture over top. Using a slicing knife dusted with cornstarch mixture, cut marshmallows into forty 1½” squares. Toss marshmallows with remaining cornstarch mixture.

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I bought my dried strawberries from Trader Joe’s.

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This process takes a bit long, but candy thermometer comes in handy (it’s not expensive so I recommend you buy one if you want to make marshmallows or any other candy based desserts).

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Gelatin will melt fairly quickly once placed on top of hot water.

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It really looks pretty unimpressive when you start.

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After a while of whisking it gradually starts resembling a very thick frosted egg white mixture.

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After it was chilled.

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Dusting cubed marshmallows with cornstarch & powdered sugar mixture.

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My opinion:  Oh gosh, these marshmallows are so much better than the store bought ones!  I actually added more dried strawberries than indicated, but the taste wasn’t overwhelming, and had enough real strawberry tastes (versus the artificial strawberry flavors).  With this recipe as a base you can make so many other variations – for the future we have plans to make green tea marshmallows, orange marshmallows, and chocolate marshmallows!  It’s a bit time consuming, but I can assure you it is all worth it!

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