A good family friend started homeschooling her daughter this year, so we have been lucky enough to have Shelby come over once a week for Home Ec classes with us!
This week, the girls made homemade marshmallows & cocoa mix. Grade? A+!
|The mixture of unflavored gelatin, light Karo syrup, sugar and water|
after simmering on the stove.
|After whipping for 10 minutes|
|After whipping for 15 minutes|
|Preparing to spread out the mixture|
|One sticky mess!|
|Shelby spreading the marshmallow|
|Waiting for it to set|
|Homemade hot cocoa with homemade marshmallows.|
|Shelby & Nana with their yummy marshmallows.|
The recipe we used:
3 tbsp confectioners' sugar
3 tbsp cornstarch
1 1/2 tbsp unflavored gelatin (we used 2 envelopes)
1/3 cup water
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2/3 cup light corn syrup
1. Line a 13x9x2" baking pan with wax paper (I actually used freezer paper). Combine 1 tbsp of the confectioners' sugar and 1 tbsp of the cornstarch in a sieve and sift over the prepared baking pan.
2. In a heat-proof bowl, combine the gelatin and water and let stand until the gelatin has softened.
3. Place the bowl into a large saucepan of simmering water and stir until the gelatin has dissolved. Add the granulated sugar and continue to stir until the sugar has dissolved. Remove the bowl from the water and add the corn syrup. Using an electric mixer, beat until creamy and thick, about 15 minutes. Let stand until it cools off.
4. With a wet spatula to avoid sticking, spread the mixture into the pan, and smooth the top evenly. Let sit until cool and set. This took about 45 minutes.
5. Lift the marshmallows (by lifting the paper) onto a cutting board. Lightly dust the marshmallows with a mixture of 1 tbsp of confectioners' sugar and cornstarch. Using a sharp knife or pizza cutter, cut the marshmallows into small squares and dip the marshmallows until completely coated into a mixture of the remaining confectioners' sugar and cornstarch.
6. Store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place for up to 2 weeks.
*We found that the thicker the marshmallow, the better it set so try to spread them evenly and avoid thin spots!