What kid doesn’t love Marshmallows? Actually who doesn’t love marshmallows? They are that squishy sweet goodness that you can possibly never stop at one.
Homemade Marshmallows made with Honey
Marshmallows are typically full of so.much.sugar that you will rarely find them in my cupboard as the boys will continually ask for them as they are so sweet.
I had seen marshmallows made on Better Homes and Gardens are year or two ago but was never game enough to attempt them. Reason 1. I didn’t have a stand mixer (and yes I think it is important that if you attempt to make these you use a stand mixer as there is 10 minutes of fast whisking involved) Reason 2. I didn’t like that they were full of white sugar.
So with my KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer I decided to experiment with honey as the natural sugar alternative.
Much to my delight they worked. I was beyond excited, I had a huge white mass in the bowl that felt and tasted like Marshmallow and wasn’t too sweet.
Here’s my recipe which would be perfect to do with the older kids on the school holidays. They will be amazed at how a liquid turns into marshmallow.
1 Cup of Water
3 Tbs Powdered Gelatin
1 Cup Honey
1 Tsp Vanilla Essence
1/4 Tsp Salt
1. In a small saucepan place 1/2 cup of the water, the honey, vanilla essence and salt. Mix over a medium heat for approx 10 minutes or until the mixture reaches a soft ball consistency. This is when it easily coats the back of the spoon and if you were to drop a small amount into a glass of cold water it would stay together in a semi formed mass. You don’t want it to form a hard mass this means it has cooked too long.
Another indication is that when your mixing the mix in the saucepan it will start to slightly come away from the sides.
2. In the bowl of the stand mixer using the whisk attachment add the other half cup of water and the Gelatin. Do this step just before you are ready to add the hot mix. Mix to combine. Then turn the stand mixer on low and slowly pour the hot ingredients into the bowl.
3. Once all in, turn the stand mixer on to high and whisk for 10 minutes. After this time you should have a large white mass that resembles marshmallow.
4. If you are coating in coloured desiccated coconut, place 2 cups of the coconut in a bag and add 2 drops of food colouring. Mix through by rolling the sides of the bag between your hands to get an even coverage.
5. In a tray that has been lined with baking paper spread half the coconut over the bottom.
6. To remove the marshmallow mix, spoon out has much as you can into the tray. Then wet your hands with some water and push the mix into shape.
7. Place the remaining coconut mix on the top and leave to set for 30 minutes.
8. Remove the marshmallow from the tray by lifting it out with the baking paper. Place onto a cutting board and cut into the size you like. When cutting, roll the uncoated edges in the coconut left in the baking paper.
Store in a air tight container for up to two weeks.
Makes 50 + pieces
Why not try adding peppermint essence or rose water?
Add a few drops of food colouring to the mix for coloured marshmallow.
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