October 19, 2009

Vanilla Bean Marshmallows



Ingredients:
1/2 oz unflavored powdered gelatin
1/2 cup cold water
2 cups granulated sugar
2/3 cup corn syrup
1/4 cup water
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 vanilla bean

confectioners' sugar for dredging


Directions:

In the bowl of a stand mixer or a large mixing bowl, sprinkle gelatin over 1/2 cup cold water. Allow to seep for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, slice the vanilla bean in half and scrape out the beans. Set aside. In a medium saucepan, combine sugar, corn syrup, and 1/4 cup water. Bring to a vigorous boil and boil for 1 minute. Pour boiling syrup into gelatin and mix at high speed for 1 minute. Add the salt, vanilla and vanilla bean scrapings and beat for 12 minutes. Oil your hands and a spatula and scrape into a 9 x 13 inch pan lined with oiled plastic wrap or sprayed with cooking spray and spread evenly. After pouring marshmallow mixture into the pan, take another piece of oiled plastic wrap and press firmly on the top, oil side down, to smooth the marshmallow. Allow to rest 3 hours. Invert the pan into plate full of confectioners’ sugar and dredge the marshmallow through. Remove and cut into pieces with kitchen sheers or a knife. Dredge each piece of marshmallow in confectioners' sugar. Store in an air tight container.


*1/2 oz. gelatin is equal to 2 packets Knox unflavored gelatin


My thoughts:
These are super vanilla flavored marshmallows- no "plain" vanilla here! There are flecks of vanilla beans throughout the marshmallow and a true vanilla flavor. For even more vanilla flavor, use vanilla infused confectioners sugar (easily made by storing a vanilla bean in with the confectioners sugar) or the super fine vanilla bean infused vanilla sugar I've found at Ikea.

I loved them in hot chocolate but I dream of using them in homemade nibby toffee Rice Krispie treats. Or in s'mores or fondue. They would also make a great party favor or hostess gift.



12 comments:

  1. I've always wanted to make marshmallows--and this might just be the final inspiration! Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Yum, these look good. I've been trying to decide what to use my vanilla beans for. So many choices! This just might be the one.

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  3. Oh! These marshmallow looks yummie, like the texture of it and I am sure that the vanilla bean give them a nice kick!

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  4. I love vanilla bean marshmallows! It's my go-to flavor. I need to make some soon for a recipe. Yum!

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  5. Oh, yum! You know I have a weakness for homemade marshmallows, and vanilla is my favorite flavor (when it's done well it's just so divine!). Favorites uniting. Delicious love.

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  6. I adore vanilla bean marshmallows! I made a double batch last year and dipped them in dark chocolate & pecans for holiday gifts. The leftovers I kept plain for myself just to nibble on ;)

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  7. Marshmallows! Must give these a try. All we need to do is invest in the vanilla beans. So expensive. :)

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  8. These look divine! I always make marshmallows at Xmas time, but I've never used vanilla beans!

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  9. I'd also love to make marshmallows sometime! I've seen you do it before, and I'm super curious to try it. These are gorgeous!

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  10. I have always wondered why someone would try making homemade marshmallows, but looking at these makes me want to give it a try! They sound amazing.

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  11. I made these this weekend and they turned out really well. And I have to say that I am glad they didn't have egg whites in them!

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