Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Tasty Tuesdays: Honey Vanilla Marshmallows + Free Printable


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Welcome to Tasty Tuesdays!

I am re-posting this awesome recipe for homemade marshmallows!  I originally posted this two years ago.  But, they are so delicious, I didn't think you would mind.  And, I am including a free printable sheet of labels.  You still have time to make these and hand out as little gifts for Christmas!  The link to the labels is at the end of the post.

Also, there will not be a Tasty Tuesday party next week because of Christmas.  I hope you all have a wonderful holiday and enjoy time with your families.
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Have you noticed that everyone is talking about and making homemade marshmallows this year? Darby made them. Joy the Baker made them. Smitten Kitchen has made them. They seem to be quite the trend and it is one trend I wasn't about to miss out on.
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{ The recipe I followed was mostly from Joy the Baker, with a little of Smitten Kitchen mixed in; click on the links above to see their original recipes }
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Ingredients:
- 1/2 cup cornstarch
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1 cup cold water
- (3) 1/4-ounce packages unflavored gelatin
- 1-1/2 cups sugar
- 1/4 cup honey
- 2/3 cup light corn syrup
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- half of a vanilla bean; seeds scraped out
 
.In a small bowl, whisk together cornstarch and powdered sugar. Coat a 9×13 baking pan (metal or glass) with non-stick cooking spray. Dust pan with small amount of powdered sugar and cornstarch mixture. Set both aside.
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Pour 1/2 cup cold water into the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment. Pour the gelatin packs over the water and let sit for about 10 minutes.
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In a medium saucepan over medium heat, bring sugar, honey, corn syrup, salt, and remaining cold water to a boil. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Attach a candy thermometer the the side of the pan and bring mixture up to 240 degrees F (labeled as "soft-ball" on thermometer). Don't stir - just watch the pan carefully to make sure mixture doesn't boil over!
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When the sugar is heated to 240 degrees, turn on the mixer with the gelatin and water on to low speed. Carefully pour the hot sugar mixture in to the mixer bowl. Be careful not to pour the mixture onto the whisk - you don't want the hot mixture to splatter. Gradually increase the speed of the mixer until you have added all of the hot sugar mixture. Beat on high for several minutes until a thick, fluffy, white marshmallow batter has formed (about 8 to 9 minutes). I'm sure you could also use a hand mixer for this - you just will be holding the mixer for a while!
 
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Pour in the vanilla extract and vanilla bean and beat for another 2 minutes.
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Spread the marshmallow mixture into prepared pan. I tried using a spatula to smooth out the mixture but found that it was too sticky and made more of a mess. I ended up just shaking the pan around a bit to level out the mixture. Top marshmallow with small amount (about 1/4 c.) corn starch and powdered sugar mixture and let set and rest, uncovered, for at least 4 hours, or overnight.
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After marshmallow has set, run a knife all along the edge of the pan to loosen marshmallow, and turn out on to a cutting board dusted with powdered sugar.
 
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Use a pizza cutter to cut the marshmallows. Spray the pizza cutter with non-stick cooking spray so that it doesn't stick.
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As you cut, toss the marshmallows with remaining corn starch and powdered sugar mixture. This helps the marshmallows not to stick. Trust me, they will be sticky!
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I ended up with 90 or so 1" marshmallow cubes. Marshmallows will keep in an airtight container for up to two weeks.
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Here is the gift tag I made:
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I divided the marshmallows up among treat bags that I found at Michael's.
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Add ribbon and a tag and you're all set for gift giving!   Who wouldn't enjoy a few homemade marshmallows to top hot chocolate?
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To print a sheet of tags, click here

Print out the tags on a 8-1/2" x 11" sheet of white cardstock. Trim along the edges and use a hole punch to punch a hole in each tag. I used a corner trimmer at each corner to make rounded corners. Use ribbon, twine, or string to attach tags to your gift bags. 
 
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10 comments:

Miz Helen said...

Good Morning Alissa,
Your Marshmallows look fabulous. Thanks for hosting the party every week. Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas!
Miz Helen

Diane said...

I have never had homemade marshmallows. I bought good quality ones once and they were really better than the grocery store type. Can't wait to try your recipe. Thank you Alissa for the party.

Darnetha said...

Thanks for this recipe. I have been on the search for a marshmallow recipe to accompany our hot chocolate.

linda @ Axiom at Home said...

Thanks for hosting! Have a great week. :)

Tiffany- DontWastetheCrumbs said...

Thank you greatly for hosting each week. I hope you're enjoying the holiday season!

Today I shared two recipes: a hearty minestrone soup for those cold winter nights, plus a strawberry apple butter that will make you wish for spring!

April said...

Your marshmallows look delicious! Thank you for being our lovely host :)

natasha {schue love} said...

Mmm honey vanilla?! Sounds divine!

Altax said...

Your marshmallows are awesome!!!

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Val said...

Merry Christmas!! Such beautiful marshmallows.

Anestazia said...

Just wanted to let you know that I featured this post on my blog! I hope you're having a Merry Christmas! http://yourworkistodiscoveryourworld.blogspot.com/2012/12/monday-blogg-madness-numeral-tres.html

 

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