Saturday, December 11, 2010

Homemade Marshmallows with Toasted Coconut and Chocolate


When I saw a tweet last week from Addie about the availability of handmade marshmallows in local bakeries, it got me craving marshmallows. Apparently, they can be found at a couple of local shops and are a popular item. A freshly made marshmallow is  such a sweet surprise, literally. They taste nothing like the chalky, dry mouth-inducing, less than flavorful variety purchased in a plastic bag from a big box grocery store.

I know those handmade marshmallows from the local bakeries beat the heck out of any marshmallow Kraft ever made but you know what’s even better? Homemade marshmallows. As in made by you, in your home. I suspect you can probably buy the ingredients to make a whole batch of homemade marshmallows for the cost of just a few handmade bakery marshmallows. 

If more people knew just how easy it is to make marshmallows, there would be a lot more homemade marshmallows in the world. And that’s just a good thing. 

So I'm here to spread the word to marshmallow lovers everywhere. Tell Kraft to suck it and make your own. Get crackin'!

Homemade Marshmallows with Toasted Coconut and Chocolate
adapted from a recipe by Ina Garten

I had tried another homemade marshmallow recipe previously and the results were disgusting. Worse than anything Kraft could ever make- they tasted like a big clump of slightly sweetened gelatin. I mentioned this to Jan and she told me I had to try Ina’s recipe and that I’d love them. She was right, of course. (Jan is always right about these things.) Ina’s original recipe calls for toasted coconut on the top and bottom of the marshmallows. Just sprinkle some toasted coconut in the bottom of the pan before adding the marshmallow mixture if you prefer both side coated. I opted for just the top but added a little chocolate drizzle.
3 packages unflavored gelatin
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
7 ounces sweetened shredded coconut, toasted
Confectioners' sugar, for dusting
Chocolate, for drizzling

1. Line the sides and bottom of an 8 x 12 inch pan with two pieces of overlapping parchment paper cut to fit. Allow extra length on the paper ends so that it hangs over the sides of the pan. This will make removing the dried marshmallow much easier. Butter the parchment paper. Set aside.
2. Combine the gelatin and 1/2 cup of cold water in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment and allow to sit while making the syrup.
3. Combine sugar, corn syrup, salt, and 1/2 cup water in a small saucepan and cook over medium heat until the sugar dissolves. Raise the heat to high and cook until the syrup reaches 240 degrees Fahrenheit on a candy thermometer. Remove from the heat.
4. With the mixer on low speed, slowly pour the sugar syrup into the dissolved gelatin. Add the vanilla. Whip on high speed until the mixture is very thick, approximately 15 minutes.
5. Pour the marshmallow batter into the pan and smooth the top with water dampened hands. Sprinkle the toasted coconut over the top. Allow to dry uncovered at room temperature overnight.
6. When dry, lift the marshmallow from the pan using the overhanging strips of parchment paper. Peel off the parchment and place the marshmallow on a cutting board and cut into squares with a buttered knife. You may need to stop and rinse your knife in warm water as you cut if the marshmallow begins to stick to the knife. Re-butter the knife before cutting again.
7. Roll the sides of each piece of marshmallow in confectioners' sugar. Place on wax paper and drizzle melted chocolate over the tops. Store uncovered at room temperature.

14 comments:

  1. I LOVE toasted coconut. It looks like it goes great with marshmallows!

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  2. Thanks for stopping by. Isn't coconut the best? I'm on a coconut kick right now but it's good anytime,

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  3. wasn't it you who also did homemade nutella?

    you slay me with your creations, lady. Can i live in your backyard? I'll eat your scraps ;)

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  4. @Linda Guilty as charged on the Nutella. I wish you did live in my backyard- I can always use more mouths to feed so that I don't eat up everything!

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  5. @Indie- Thanks! Love your blog!

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  6. I made homemade marshmallows in one of my food science courses (during my undergrad nutrition degree). They didn't look NEAR as nice as yours do! I just remember having way to much powdered sugar and funky-looking squarish-shapes of gooey stuff. :)

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  7. Gosh, these look soooooooooo good. I love coconut! These wouldn't last long at my place, that's for sure.
    *kisses* HH

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  8. I love homemade marshmallows. Really love them. As in, I eat every one of them in very little time. The chocolate drizzle over the coconut looks fantastic!

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  9. @Crystal- Thanks! Your experience sounds like the first recipe I tried.

    @Heavenly and Lisa- Thanks ladies! We love marshmallows too so these didn't stick around long at all!

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  10. Wow, your homemade marshmallow look delicious...so pretty with the roasted coconut...love the pictures!

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  11. @Juliana- Thank you for your kind words and thanks for stopping by!

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  12. LOOKS AMAZING SHELLEY! I WILL TRY TO DO AS WELL... FOR MY DAUGHTER...

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  13. Thanks Esra- I know your marshmallows will be terrific and your little girl will love them!

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