So, the other day when I got it in my head to make kosher marshmallows, her months of pestering finally bore fruit and I thought to myself, "What is more kosher than vegan?"
But how does a person make vegan marshmallows? One quick Google search answered this question with an awesome "open-source recipe." This recipe resulted in one mighty good marshmallow (vegan or not).
I present to you this gift of marshmallow goodness that those of the strictest dietary preference and religious convictions can enjoy. It doesn't matter if you are vegan, vegetarian, pescaterian, Presbytarian, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist or Jedi.
Warning: This is a fast moving and messy process. This is not for the faint of heart.
Step 1: Ingredients
For the fluff
5 tablespoons soy protein isolate 90%
2 teaspoons Baking Powder
1/4 teaspoon xantham gum
3/4 cup cold water
For the goo
1.5 cups raw sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup water
1 tablespoon Genutine Vegetarian Gelatin (if you happen to be in SF, make an appointment and go to the showroom. It is awesome).
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
vegetable oil (to coat pan)
2 tablespoons vegan powdered sugar
2 tablespoons corn starch
Step 2: Powdered Sugar Mix
Step 3: Prep the Pan
Put aside the extra powdered sugar mixture for step 8.
Step 4: Make the Fluff
Step 5: Make the Goo
That said, in a sauce pan mix a tablespoon of vegetarian gelatin with 1.5 cups of raw sugar. Add 1/2 a cup of water while whisking briskly and then add a cup of corn syrup while doing the same. Use a candy thermometer and heat until 230 degrees, all the while stirring your mixture. You will see it start to bubble and thicken dramatically.
Turn off the heat, quickly stir in the vanilla and without hesitating for a moment, proceed to the next step.
Step 6: Mix
Turn your machine on to its highest setting and while it's spinning around, pour in the goo before it starts to harden too much. Try to pour it into the side of the pan so it doesn't cling to/climb up the whisk attachment and gunk up the mixer. Although, from my experience, it is going to do this any which way and this hard to avoid.
After 30 seconds to a minute, turn off the machine and use a rubber scraper to mix in any goo clinging to the sides of the bowl.
Let the mixer run for another 10 to 15 minutes until it looks and tastes like marshmallows.
(When cleaning up later, hot water will take the hardened marshmallow goo off of your standing mixture like a charm.)
Step 7: Spread in Pan
Refrigerate for an hour.
Step 8: Cut 'em Up