Friday, December 18, 2009

Vanilla Marshmallows & a Blog Award

I've always wanted to make marshmallows. I love the texture, I love them in biscuits, slices and rocky road.

I also wanted something I could give out this Christmas. After many tries, and several recipes, I'm sharing the recipe that worked (with some variation), thank you Martha Stewart!
Makes about 20


Non-stick cooking spray
2 tablespoons powdered gelatine
1/2 cup cold water
2 cups caster sugar
2/3 cup glucose syrup
1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 cup icing sugar, sifted
3 tablespoons cornflour, sifted


  1. Lightly spray a 9-by-9-inch baking pan with cooking spray. Line pan with plastic wrap, leaving a 2-inch overhang on all sides; set aside.

  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, sprinkle gelatine over 1/2 cup cold water; let it stand for 10 minutes.

  3. In a medium saucepan, combine sugar, glucose syrup, and 1/4 cup water. Place saucepan over medium-high heat and bring up to 120°C on a candy thermometer.

    Remove from heat, and, with the mixer on high, slowly pour the boiling syrup down the side of the mixer bowl into gelatine mixture. Add salt and continue mixing for 12 minutes.

  4. Add vanilla extract and mix well until combined. Spray a rubber spatula and spread mixture evenly into pan.

    Spray a sheet of plastic wrap with cooking spray and place, spray side down, on top of marshmallows. Leave to stand overnight.

  5. Sift icing sugar and cornflour together in a bowl.
    Place a large piece of baking paper on a chopping board, and sprinkle well with the icing sugar mixture.

  6. Remove the top plastic wrap and carefully remove marshmallows from pan onto the baking paper. Remove the rest of the plastic wrap and discard.

  7. Cut marshmallows into 4cm squares using a sprayed sharp knife. Working in batches, add marshmallows to bowl and toss to coat.
    Marshmallows can be stored in an airtight container up to 3 days.
On another note, at the beginning of this month Citrus and Candy awarded my blog an Over the Top Award - thanks for the referral!

Basically, you answer the questions below (try to limit it to one-word answers as much as possible), and pass the award on to another six bloggers you would like to know more about.

1. Where is your cell phone? ottoman
2. Your hair?
3. Your mother? Away
4. Your father?
5. Your favorite food?
6. Your dream last night?
7. Your favorite drink? San Pellegrino
8. Your dream/goal?
9. What room are you in?
10. Your hobby? Sleeping

11. Your fear? Falling
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? Kitchen
13. Where were you last night? Friend's place

14. Something that you aren’t? Crazy
15. Muffins? Savoury!
16. Wish list item? Kitchenaid Mixer
17. Where did you grow up?
18. Last thing you did? Blogged!

19. What are you wearing? Red shirt
20. Your TV?
21. Your pets? Fish

22. Friends? Close

23. Your life? Getting better

24. Your mood?
25. Missing someone? Friends overseas

26. Vehicle? Mazda 3

27. Something you’re not wearing?
28. Your favorite store? Chocolate shops

29. Your favorite color? brown
30. When was the last time you laughed? Today
31. Last time you cried?
two weeks ago
32. Your best friend?
33. One place that I go to over and over?
Cradle Mountain
34. One person who emails me regularly? Keiko
35. Favorite place to eat? Billy Kwong

Here are the six bloggers I'm award the OTT award to :). Just remember to link me on your post!

1. mochachocolatarita
2. Ooh, Look...
3. Be The Foodie
4. Lena Soka Cooks
5. lemonpi
6. Brown-Eyed Baker


Belle@Ooh, Look said...

Thank you kindly for the award. And for the lovely marshmallow recipe!

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

Aren't home made marshmallows the best? They are so different from store bought ones! :D


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