Homemade Marshmallows is a gluten free and dairy free hor d'oeuvre. This recipe serves 64. One portion of this dish contains approximately 0g of protein, 14g of fat, and a total of 163 calories. This recipe covers 0% of your daily requirements of vitamins and minerals. Head to the store and pick up vanillan extract, corn syrup, vegetable oil, and a few other things to make it today. From preparation to the plate, this recipe takes approximately 45 minutes.
Brush the bottom and sides of a 9-inch square baking pan with vegetable oil. Using a small, fine-mesh sieve, dust the pan generously with confectioners' sugar, knocking out any excess.
Put 1/2 cup water in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment.
Sprinkle the gelatin into the bowl and stir briefly to make sure all the gelatin is in contact with water.
Let soften while you make the sugar syrup.
In a heavy 3- to 4-quart saucepan, combine the granulated sugar, corn syrup, salt, and 1/2 cup water.
Place over moderate heat and bring to a boil, stirring until the sugar is dissolved. Put a candy thermometer into the boiling sugar syrup and continue boiling (the mixture may foam up, so turn the heat down slightly if necessary), without stirring, until the thermometer registers 240°F (soft-ball stage).
Remove the saucepan from the heat and let stand briefly until the bubbles dissipate slightly.
With the mixer on low speed, pour the hot sugar syrup into the softened gelatin in a thin stream down the side of the bowl. Gradually increase the mixer speed to high and beat until the marshmallow is very thick and forms a thick ribbon when the whisk is lifted, about 5 minutes. Beat in the vanilla.
Scrape the marshmallow into the prepared pan (it will be very sticky) and use wet fingertips to spread it evenly and smooth the top.
Let stand, uncovered at room temperature, until the surface is no longer sticky and you can gently pull the marshmallow away from the sides of the pan with your fingertips, at least 4 hours or overnight.
Dust a cutting board with confectioners' sugar. Use a rubber spatula to pull the sides of the marshmallow from the edge of the pan (use the spatula to loosen the marshmallow from the bottom of the pan if necessary) and invert onto the cutting board. Dust the top with confectioners' sugar.
Brush a long thin knife or a chef's knife with vegetable oil and dust with confectioners' sugar to prevent sticking; continue dusting the knife as necessary.
Cut lengthwise into 8 strips, then crosswise into eighths, to form a total of 64 squares. (For larger marshmallows, cut lengthwise into 6 strips, then crosswise into sixths, to form a total of 36 squares.) Coat marshmallows, one at a time, in confectioners' sugar, using a pastry brush to brush off any excess. DO AHEAD: Marshmallows can be stored, layered between sheets of wax paper or parchment in an airtight container in a dry place at cool room temperature, for 1 month.
To flavor marshmallows: Replace the vanilla extract with a different flavor extract, such as peppermint, almond, or strawberry. To color marshmallows: After adding the vanilla extract, add 1/2 teaspoon (about 45 drops) of food coloring and beat the marshmallow mixture until the color is fully incorporated.
Add more food coloring, a few drops at a time, for deeper color. To cut marshmallows into shapes: Use a 9- by 13-inch baking pan instead of a 9-inch square pan, so that the marshmallows are slightly thinner and easier to cut. Use 2 1/2- to 3-inch cookie cutters in simple shapes and dust the cookie cutters in confectioners' sugar to avoid sticking.
Cut the marshmallows into shapes the same way you would sugar cookies.To add mix-ins: After adding the vanilla extract, fold in about 1/2 cup of mini chocolate chips, cocoa nibs, or your desired mix-in. Keep in mind that the marshmallows will still be warm so some mix-ins will melt slightly. You can wait a minute to allow the marshmallow to cool slightly but it will become stiffer and harder to stir as it cools. To dip marshmallows in chocolate: In a dry metal bowl set over a pan of barely simmering water, melt about 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, stirring until smooth. Working with one marshmallow at a time, brush the marshmallow again to remove any excess confectioners' sugar then dip one smooth side about 1/8 inch into the chocolate to coat it, scraping any excess chocolate on the edge of the bowl.
Transfer, chocolate side up, to a wire rack set over a baking sheet and let stand until the chocolate is set. Chocolate-dipped marshmallows can be stored, layered between sheets of wax paper or parchment in an airtight container in a dry place at cool room temperature, for about 2 days.