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TOP RECIPE: Chanukah Marshmallows

(Originally posted on Couldn’t Be Pareve, with the recipe here)

“I am serving these fun Chanukkah themed marshmallows tonight for shabbat. With candle lighting a full four hours before we are planning on eating, fried foods didn’t seem like the best option, but these marshmallows can be made well in advance which makes them the perfect Chanukkah addition to our meal. These ones happen to be orange flavored, but they can be made with any homemade marshmallows. Simply use a well oiled cookie cutter to make the shapes. I like the festive touch the coarse colored sugar adds to the marshmallows, but the marshmallows themselves can be colored by adding food coloring to the batter. If using the sanding sugar do not dust the marshmallow slab with the corn starch/confectioners sugar or the sugar won’t stick. Simply place the colored sugar in a bowl and press the uncoated cut marshmallows in the sugar to make it stick.”

Vanilla Marshmallows

(from Marshmallows: Homemade Gourmet Treats by Eileen Talanian)

½ cup + 2 Tablespoons cold water
1 1/2 Tablespoons pure vanilla extract
3 Tablespoons powdered gelatin
3/4 cup cold water
1 ¼ cups marshmallow syrup (see recipe below)
pinch of salt
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
2 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons potato starch
½ cup confectioners’ sugar (if Passover confectioners’ sugar is not available use the recipe here to make your own)

Lightly spray an 11 x 15 jelly roll pan or 9×13 baking pan with non-stick cooking spray, then rub gently with a paper towel to distribute the spray and leave just the merest sheen of oil on the sheet. Similarly, lightly spray a large offset spatula and set beside the prepared tray.

Combine the first three ingredients in a medium bowl and whisk until well blended and smooth. Set aside.
Combine second quantity of water, marshmallow syrup, salt and sugar in a 4-quart saucepan and place over medium heat. When mixture boils, brush down the sides of the pan above the upper surface of the syrup with a clean, moistened pastry brush, or cover the pot with a lid for two minutes to allow the condensation to dissolve any lingering crystals.

Place a candy or instant read thermometer into the syrup and continue to cook, without stirring, until syrup reaches 250F. Do not stir the mixture once you remove the lid. Remove pan from heat and carefully stir in gelatin mixture.

Pour mixture into the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Quickly cover bowl with loosely draped plastic wrap or a clean kitchen towel in order to avoid splatters, and gradually increase the mixer speed to “high”. Whip mixture for 10-12 minutes.

Scrape mixture into prepared pan and spread out smooth with oiled offset spatula. Set marshmallow aside, uncovered, at room temperature for at least 4 hours or over night before cutting.

Before cutting the marshmallow, sift the potato starch and confectioners sugar together into a medium mixing bowl. Cut marshmallows with a lightly oiled knife or pizza cutter and break into individual pieces. Toss with potato starch mixture to completely coat, shaking off excess as much as possible in a strainer. Store in an airtight container with the lid slightly ajar for up to two weeks (but they are best the first week).

Marshmallow Syrup
2 cups water
5 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
pinch of salt

Place the ingredients in a heavy 4-quart an, stirring gently until the sugar in moistened. Bring to a boil. When mixture boils, brush down the sides of the pan above the upper surface of the syrup with a clean, moistened pastry brush, or cover the pot with a lid for two minutes to allow the condensation to dissolve any lingering crystals.

Uncover the pan, insert a candy thermometer and increase the heat to high. Do not stir after this point or the syrup will crystallize. Continue cooking until the syrup reaches 240. Remove from the heat and let the syrup cool for 15 minutes. Ladle it into clean jars and attach the lid.

This will keep at room temperature for two months. It will be very thick once it is cool, so microwave it on high power for two minutes before using so that it can be easily poured.


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