October 19, 2009

Vanilla Bean Marshmallows

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


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.