This Christmas, I was looking for a quicker than cookie cutter dessert recipe that I could share with friends in gift form. I came across this recipe for Homemade Marshmallows and I knew that is what I had to do.
Once I bought the ingredients (mostly I had them all), I put off the task forever. The recipe isn't time consuming at all--it is basically hands off, but to me, it seemed like it might be one of those things that once you make it, you never want to eat again. So, I was worried that I would be turned off from marshmallows and was putting off.
The recipe is very easy to make. I LOVED the gelatan with the water and the goo it made. I highly recommend just making the geletan goo for your children and then playing with it. SO COOL. Then I added the rest of the ingredients and read a book for the 12 minutes it took to whip together.
I let the marshmallows sit overnight because it was so late by the time I started, but I think it only takes about two hours. The next day I used Bakers Dipping Chocolate to dip the marshmallows. I let them dry on a cooling rack and a lot of the chocolate stuck. However, the effort was worth it, the chocolate hardened and the marshmallows tasted even better than the plain.
In an effort to use the marshmallows a third way, I brought them to my sister's house and we dipped them in melted chocolate with fondoue forks. The marshmallows alone are rich and airy with a strong vanilla flavor. Some say they taste like the regular marshmallows, others agree that they are richer and more delicious.
It is time for you to try them yourself.