Did you see my post over at Romance on the Rocks before Thanksgiving? Well, if not, go check it out. It's delicious. Seriously. It's some of my favorite recipes and it includes a phenomenal recipe for sweet potato casserole with homemade marshmallows from one of...what's that? Oh, yes, I did say "homemade marshmallows." You don't believe me? Really? Well, here's my evidence:
Marshmallows are one of the simplest things in the world to make. They are literally nothing but gelatin, sugar and water. That's it. Until you get funky and start adding flavors and colors.
So, you wanna learn how to make them? First of all, I want you to head over to Stella Parks' BraveTart website and see her instructions on basic marshmallows as well as the sage ones for the sweet potatoes. I will try just about any recipe that she posts. I'm a little bit in love with her.
You will need three special tools for these recipes, but they are common and not expensive if you need to buy them:
Kitchen scale (because Stella measures everything in weight, not volume)
Stand mixer (because boiled sugar and gelatin will murder the motor of a hand mixer)
Candy thermometer (I used to be incredibly intimidated by these, but they aren't scary either!)
I'm not going to copy the recipe here. Stella is a fantastic writer and I want you to read through her work. But if you get confuzzled during the making of your marshmallows, or you're not sure exactly what something is supposed to look like at a certain stage, I'm adding the photos as your supplement reading homework.
First, gather your ingredients!
Though the greenery does look quite pretty when you process it into your sugar...
Basically, you're caramelizing the milk solids of the butter, and as they cook, they lend this fabulous nutty, sweet aroma and flavor to the butter. It's best to do this in a light colored skillet if you have one, so you can watch the color change. But if you only have dark pans, don't despair. Watch it carefully, and when you can smell the nuttiness, you're done!
Stella says you can use a spatula to fold in the color, but I think that just makes more mess. And marshmallows are incredibly messy if you're not careful!
I give them away as Christmas presents. This year we have the cinnamon (pink from the red vodka with a red swirl), peppermint (green with pink swirl) and one night this week I'll make a bourbon batch as well.
And the great thing about working with sugar...it melts in hot water, making clean up relatively easy.
Go make some marshmallows! Tell me what flavors you decide on and if you do something fun with them!