Friday 26 December 2014

Quick and easy homemade marshmallows

Jane Lamberth and Myles Lamberth

Published 17/08/2014 | 02:30

Marshmallows - hard to resist for some.
Marshmallows - hard to resist for some.

Make Monday with a handful of scrumptious homemade marshmallows...

What a great surprise you will get when you bite into your homemade marshmallows. There's a certain quality and texture you get by making your own that outshines any shop-bought marshmallows.

We love to use rose water instead of vanilla - it's like a super-soft Turkish delight.

Bear in mind that you will need a sugar thermometer.

Ingredients

455g sugar

1 tbsp golden syrup/honey

200ml water

2 large eggs, whites only

9 sheets gelatine soaked in 140ml water

Red food colouring

1 tsp vanilla or rose water syrup

For dusting:

2 tbsp icing sugar

2 tbsp cornflour

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Method

Begin by placing the sugar, syrup and water in a heavy-based pan and bring to the boil. Continue cooking until it reaches 127C/260F. Watch out as this is very hot so keep young children at arm's length. Meanwhile beat the egg whites until stiff peaks are formed. Slowly add the gelatine into the hot sugar. Mix, but watch out as it can easily over 
boil.

Transfer into a jug for easier pouring. While still whisking the eggs, slowly drizzle the hot syrup into the bowl. The mixture will become shiny and start to thicken. Add the rose extract and food colouring and continue to whisk for a further 10 minutes or so until it holds its shape well.

Lightly oil a shallow baking tray, dust with the icing sugar and cornflour and pour in the whipped marshmallow mixture. Flatten it out with a wet palette knife and allow to set for an hour or two at room temperature.

Once set, turn out and cut into blocks. Re-dust with the icing sugar and cornflour mix.

Keep in the fridge, as these will dissolve slowly.

Sit down and enjoy with a sweet liqueur, or gift-up with a bunch of roses.

Irish Independent

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