About this recipe:These marshmallows are the real thing - so much better than shop-bought. They are gorgeous in a mug of drinking chocolate, mixed into a homemade chocolate ice cream recipe or simply eaten on their own!
125g icing sugar for dusting
400g caster sugar
1 tablespoon golden syrup
300ml water, divided
4 tablespoons unflavoured powdered gelatine
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
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Dust a 23cm (9 in) square dish generously with icing sugar.
In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, stir together caster sugar, golden syrup and 175ml water. Heat to 120 to 130 degrees C, or until a small amount of syrup dropped into cold water forms a rigid ball.
While syrup is heating, place remaining water in a metal bowl and sprinkle gelatine over the surface. Place bowl over simmering water until gelatine has dissolved completely. Keep in a warm place until syrup has come to temperature. Remove syrup from heat and whisk gelatine mixture into hot syrup. Set aside.
In a separate large mixing bowl, whip egg whites to soft peaks. Continue to beat, pouring syrup mixture into egg whites in a thin stream, until the egg whites are very stiff. Stir in vanilla. Spread evenly in prepared dish and let rest 8 hours or overnight before cutting.
These marshmallows are delicious as is, but why not try drizzling the final product in melted chocolate? Or, instead of plain icing sugar, cover the bottom of the tin in desiccated coconut. Cover the top in coconut as well, then slice into squares for gorgeous marshmallow coconut bites!
You can also add food colouring with the vanilla, or cut out shapes with biscuit cutters to make different marshmallow shapes.
The recipe stated 4 tbsp of gelatin but I only had 2 so after reading one of the reviews i decided to give it a try anyway.
The end result........wow, perfect!!.
They were soft and springy just how marshmallows are supposed to be. My diet is now clean out of the window! Lol - 09 Sep 2012
These would have been good, but there is far too much gelatin and its distinct taste overpowers the vanilla. Half as much would have been enough - I guess it depends on what type of gelatin is used. Ah well. They won't be wasted - 30 seconds or so in a microwave and a good stir and they'll melt nicely and can be mixed together with a new batch without any extra gelatin. - 13 Jul 2011