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Marshmallows, Yummy!

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Marshmallows are so yummy. We look at their jet-puffed perfectness and float away on visions of marshmallow topped yams, hot chocolate, and moon pies.

I first got the idea in my head to make marshmallows when a friend of mine reported that her “cookie a day” update was for graham cracker cookies with a from-scratch marshmallow filling. How fabulous! Marshmallows from scratch? I went straight home and pulled up marthastewart.com and pulled up the marshmallow recipe. Then I Googled and compared Martha’s to a recipe on Cooks.com and then to a recipe blogged by Smitten Kitchen. Ultimately I found Martha’s recipe to be the most friendly to the lay baker, and was pleased with the ingredients she listed, minus the vanilla bean. Smitten Kitchen’s recipe called for egg whites and as we have an egg allergy in our house we try to avoid using eggs in too pure a form.

Here is my recipe as it ultimately was used:

3/4 ounce gelatin

1/2 cup cold water plus an additional 1/4 cup water

2 cups granulated sugar

2/3 cup light corn syrup (which I used simply because I had some on hand, you can make them without as well)

pinch of salt

teaspoon of vanilla

vegetable oil (for greasing)

mixer

mixing bowl

non-stick saucepan
 
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Oiling the pan is an excellent job for little hands. They have a great time scrabbling around and being silly with the vegetable oil. But double check to be sure that they covered the entire surface! Even in their zeal they can miss spots and you don’t want your marshmallow to stick to anything! Its a bond that almost can’t be broken.
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inhaos3 years ago
may be straw marshmallow or some other juicy marshmallow???
i may try and post the steps too.

haha~~~~
It's actually spelled marshmallows, with an "a" where you put an "e".
woowho (author)  AdamVigneaux3 years ago
oh thank you. you may notice that i spelled it correctly everywhere else. i couldn't see where to edit the title and i had things to do.
nerys woowho3 years ago
OK this is just plain cool! - I hate using corn syrup if I can help it. you mention you don't have too.

whats its purpose in this? do I just skip it or replace it with something else?
makalove nerys3 years ago
@nerys, this recipe (which is the one i use to make marshmallows - the author has an ENTIRE cookbook of marshmallow recipes) includes a recipe for a corn syrup replacement: http://howthecookiecrumbles.typepad.com/recipes/vanilla-marshmallows.html
A whole book on making marshmallows? Yip-eee! Wow! I'm going to look for it. Thanks :0)
I, too am allergic to eggs, or at least the whites. I also do my best to avoid corn in any of its many forms. What happens if I were to just not add any corn syrup? I appreciate your mentioning all the other recipes you checked on. Gives this credibility, as I respect the places you mentioned.
woowho (author)  star folder3 years ago
you might use the following:

Pure Cane Syrup

Lyle's Golden Syrup

Honey

Molasses

and i quote:

Along with honey, golden syrup and molasses, many times, ordinary sugar and brown sugar are also used as corn syrup substitutes. You can make a simple syrup, by adding 2 cups of sugar to one cup of water, and then boiling this solution over medium heat. While boiling, you have to stir it continuously, till the sugar dissolves completely, and the solution becomes a bit thicker. Now, let this syrup cool, before using it to substitute corn syrup in your recipe. But, generally, honey and golden syrup are the preferred options for substituting both light and dark corn syrup. However, this decision would depend to a great extent on your particular recipe as well.

http://www.buzzle.com/articles/corn-syrup-substitute.html

molasses would make an interesting marshmallow. i also think syrup in general would work: maple syrup marshmallows sound so yummy! if you try any of these substitutions let me know how it works out. :-)
nerys woowho3 years ago
Oh my maple syrup infused mallows sound so damned good. pity the stuff is so stinking expensive!! 1/2 a cup would be lie $5 almost :-) hehehe

I also am 100% addicted to honey. will have to try that. Been grabbing a couple extra honey every time I goto wawa for tea I have thosuands of packs of it after 10 years :-) hehe
Okay-- I've been talking about making marshmallows lately. Now I WILL. Molasses marshmallows sound so wonderful-- a little bit of a bitter bite under the sweetness...
woowho (author)  star folder3 years ago
i went back and looked at my hand-written notes - just leave it out. don't use it. boil the sugar/water mixture for one minute and proceed without it.
woowho (author)  nerys3 years ago
y'know i can't remember why i said you can skip it. there was something i read in my marshmallow research that explained why. i'll try to find it and share. look down to my reply to star folder regarding corn syrup substitutions.
woowho (author)  woowho3 years ago
i went back and looked at my hand-written notes - just leave it out. don't use it. boil the sugar/water mixture for one minute and proceed without it.
That's your comment? This person gives you a recipe for a food which exists solely to be enjoyed over campfires and in hot chocolate and all you can do is point out a single spelling error? And who ever heard of enjoying marshmellows without also enjoying the fallowhip of friends? Who makes s'mores alone?

Woowho: I am going to make these mellow marshmellows during my snow day tomorrow and think warm thoughts. Thanks for the post.
Just trying to help. No need for hostility.
If you would like to help authors with spelling, then may I suggest that first you thank them for their contribution, and then graciously mention the "typo" and finish up with a positive comment. I also suggest that you do it privately by sending the author a message that will not be posted on the public board.
Nah. Don't bother even mentioning typos. Who cares, anyway?

Bringing up a typing error is like learning to luge or learning the biathlon. They serve no real purpose and are a couple of stupid things to do in the snow. (fun, though pointless.)

Totally pointless! Just like the comment I am typing right now. Blast! I've trapped myself in my own twisted logic!

Have a nice day!
I agree I'm dyslexic and despite spell check sometime i make errors ( mostly with words that have simular letter groupings) I have been called out on my spelling and it makes me feel horriable as I have been teased about it since i was young. Here on instrucuctables you knever realy know the background of the person your "righting" and how your coment might appear to them. I agree with stoobers its pointless in this situation. If it is completly non-coherent then you might nicley mention your difficulty understanding but other than that this sight isnt about perfection it's about sharing do it yourself projects wich are by a majority gritty and down to earth so who cares if the lanuguage matches. -Jorgia
jorgegunn I'm so sorry to hear that you have been bullied about your spelling. "Walk a mile in someone's shoes"... No one knows the battles we face. Today there is spell check, (which wasn't around when I was young,) but it's not always possible to access spell check. My suggestion is to write, write write. Don't impede your creativity! I used to write for a local newspaper. (I was approached by the editor.) She wanted to hire me. When I explained that I was worried about spelling /grammar issues, she said, 'that's why I'm the editor.I take care of that. Just write! You have great ideas!' (I ended up writing a weekly column and it was a very interesting/fun job). When I wrote my children's book, I had it professionally edited,( there were a couple of errors in punctuation) but first...I wrote out my story. Don't stop! Keep your head up. Famous people have dyslexia, and they've made huge contributions to humanity. Check out this link:

http://www.dyslexia-test.com/famous.html

You are in fabulous company!!!
Thanks for your encouragment Porcupinemamma. My mom actually embraced my diffrence and while she used to teach 1st grade when i was diagnosed she started developing techniques of teaching and working with dyslexia children. Now she teaches Middle school reading and writting Resourse including ESL and Dyslexia students. Daily i am encourged by her dillegence in helping kids simular too me. I am actually a poet and a went to school for photojournalism I love telling stories I've just learned to do it more with light and voice. Thanks so much for encouraging me.--Jorgia
{{{{{ }}}}} Rock on!! woo hoo! (see lol...I told ya so ;0);0) lol)
If you get a chance, take a look at my children's book. Info in my bio.
I've subscribe to your Instructables. You are being "followed" boo hah hahhhha) ;0)
I agree! I just wanted to point out a better way if the person feels the need to be the spelling police-also, the author can just delete the comment. It's all so petty. Let's foccus on the fact that whoohoo (love the name) shared a cool Instructable with the community :0)
I'll keep that in mind, though I doubt I'll ever correct anybody here again.
woowho (author)  mcadorette3 years ago
mcadorette, you make me smile. enjoy!
this was a great instructable i love how you noted how to include the children. I have been baking with my nephew since he was 3 and its one of his favorite activities. He is almost 6 now and can crack an egg all by himself. Whenever I visit he allways ask me what are we gonna make this time. Next time i will reply "Marshmallows" thanks again--Jorgia
SageMinto3 years ago
This is exactly what I needed! :D
I've come across so many recipes that require marshmallows, when I haven't got any. But for some odd reason I have the ingredients required to make marshmallows! Talk about fate! 8D

Thank you so much for posting this.
rathmiron3 years ago
oh now is see. i missed that the bowl you put the sugar mix in, is the gelatin bowl.
another thing. the gelatin i bought, has an entirely different way of preparing. (it needs to bee cooked) but it's still 250 ml (1 cup). should i just do that?
woowho (author)  rathmiron3 years ago
try it and see what happens! :-)
maybe it was my mixer, but it wouldn't fluf up, it just stayed a clear liquid
woowho (author)  rathmiron3 years ago
maybe try a different gelatin? one you don't have to cook? or revisit the directions on your gelatin, we just poured the powder into a bowl and added water, we didnt' follow directions on the gelatin packaging.
maybe i'll try that
Hey thank you for this wonderful instructable. For years I was wonderig how to make these and now it's here right in front of me.
Just made a tray full and they are suuuuper.
Great for the kid's birthday party.

Thanks again!!
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kikiorg3 years ago
I've made peeps by clipping the tip of a ziploc filled with homemade marshmallows. (Make the bodies and pull off a tip for the tail, then go back and make the heads, pulling off a tip for the beak.) I've also made roses, but they didn't work nearly so well. If you use a ziploc with no metal icing tip, then you can microwave for 3-4 seconds when it gets too cool to pipe, which is often.

I've also substituted the sugar and water for maple syrup. It makes really great tasting marshmallows.

Lastly, the marshmallow is named for a plant (so it's not "mellow" but one of the mallow family of plants): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Althaea_officinalis

Kiki
woowho (author)  kikiorg3 years ago
and i've changed the spelling, its been an issue, lots of discussion. you might have noticed it was spelled correctly in every other instance, bummer of a type-o in the title.
woowho (author)  kikiorg3 years ago
good idea about the ziploc and being able to microwave!
tayzzmom3 years ago
Before Christmas I found a recipe for Dark Chocolate Dipped Homemade Marshmallows!!!!!!!!! I haven't made them yet, but can hardly wait.........yum, yum. 8-)
rathmiron3 years ago
i think i missed it, but when do you add the gelatin?
woowho (author)  rathmiron3 years ago
step 3
rathmiron3 years ago
and what is saran wrap?
woowho (author)  rathmiron3 years ago
its that clear plastic on a roll you buy in the section of the store with ziploc bags and aluminum foil. its for wrapping food. the brand is saran.
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