So, I've been completely obsessed with making marshmallows lately. They're cheap to make (Yes, I did the math, and using the Keller recipe it costs about 4.00 to make around 2 dozen large-ish 'mallows), make you look like a kitchen wizard and inspire a kind of "Ooh-aah" from adoring eaters. As there seemed to be no MASTER topic for 'mallows around here, I figured I might as well start one.
I've worked from the Keller recipe in the past with great success, although I find them a little sweet and far too vanilla-y for confection. If you're going to melt them in Hot Chocolate, they're great. As a stand alone, cut the vanilla.
Things to consider on our great adventure:
-Corn Syrup!: Keeps the 'mallows light and fluffy, but do we need so much? Some users have reported cutting the syrup (And, indeed, Keller uses 1/3 of a cup less than Stewart) without damaging the texture or taste.
-Hand Mixer vs. Stand Mixer: Use a stand mixer if you can. There are a few horror stories of hand mixers not standing up to the pressure of beating sticky goo for more than 10 minutes.
-Depending on the depth and width of your mixing bowl, just scattering the gelatin over the water and saying "Amen" may not be enough. Give it a whisk before you add anything else.
-Egg whites?: The Keller and Stewart recipes do not call for egg whites, the Epicurious recipe does. I haven't done it that way in some time, so there's a project to report back to us about.
And we're off! I just moved into a new apartment and have no gas yet, so my marshmallow adventures are on hold for a day or two, but I'm dying to make a batch of ginger and coconut marshmallows the moment the utility guy flips the switch.
Recipes for the 'mallow maker:
-The oft cited "Epicurious" recipe: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...
-The Thomas Keller recipe: http://homecooking.about.com/library/...
-The Martha Stewart recipe: http://www.oprah.com/foodhome/food/re...
-The "Nightscotman" recipe for Strawberry 'mallows, a great jumping off point for other flavor variations: http://recipes.egullet.org/recipes/r2...
Resources for the 'mallow maker:
An Egullet Thread full of good idea, tips and tricks: http://forums.egullet.org/index.php?s...
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