Strawberry Marshmallows

Monday, August 10, 2009

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After the success I had making homemade marshmallows for the July Daring Baker Challenge, I was itching to try my hand at it again.  I guess you could say I was on a marshmallow roll!    While surfing the web for some inspiration, I came across a marshmallow recipe that looked promising over at Smitten Kitchen.  The original recipe is for basic vanilla marshmallows, but since I had just made plain marshmallows, I wanted to do something a little different.   So, I adapted the recipe, and made some homemade Strawberry Marshmallows. I used the basic recipe, which originally came from Gourmet Magazine, and added some strawberry puree to the mix.  The puree turns the marshmallows the loveliest rosy pink color!  Deb calls them “springy, fluffy marshmallows” and that, they definitely are!   

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For those of you who are still a little leary about making your own marshmallows, please don’t be.  They are not at all difficult to make and the result is so worth it.   I’ll admit that the “mess factor” is pretty high.  This is definitely sticky, gooey stuff!   If you have long hair, you really will need to tie it back or assume the  risk.

I’ve never been one to eat marshmallows out of hand, but making these from scratch really changed my mind.  These Strawberry Marshmallows were light and airy pillows of sweetness, with a burst of fresh strawberry flavor.  And, this recipe makes a ton of them – more than enough to share!

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Strawberry Marshmallows
Adapted from Gourmet Magazine via
Smitten Kitchen

Ingredients:

3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar, divided
1/4 cup cornstarch or rice flour
3 1/2 envelopes unflavored gelatin
1 cup cold water, divided
1/2 cup strawberry puree from fresh or frozen strawberries
2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 large egg whites or reconstituted powdered egg whites
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Oil bottom and sides of a 13×9 inch rectangular metal baking pan and dust bottom and sides with a little confectioners’ sugar.

In bowl of a standing electric mixer or in a large bowl sprinkle gelatin over 1/2 cup cold cold water and strawberry puree, and let stand to soften.

In a 3-quart heavy saucepan cook granulated sugar, corn syrup, second 1/2 cup of cold water and salt over medium-low heat, stirring with a wooden spoon, until sugar is dissolved. Increase heat to medium and boil  mixture, without stirring, until a candy or digital thermometer registers 240°F, about 10 minutes. Remove pan from heat and pour sugar mixture over gelatin mixture, stirring until gelatin is dissolved.

With standing or a hand-held electric mixer beat on high speed until white, thick, and nearly tripled in volume, about 5-7 minutes.

In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites until they just hold stiff peaks. Beat egg whites and vanilla into sugar mixture until just combined. Pour mixture into prepared pan. Sift a few tablespoons confectioners sugar evenly over top. Chill until firm, at least three hours, and up to one day.

Run a thin knife around edges of pan and invert pan onto a large cutting board. Loosen marshmallow with your fingers and ease onto cutting board. With a large oiled knife, trim edges of marshmallow and cut marshmallow into 1 1/2 inch cubes.

Mix remaining confectioners’ sugar with cornstarch and sift into a wide bowl or baking sheet.  Toss with the marshmallows on all sides.  Shake off the excess and store in an airtight container for up to one week.

Makes about 40 1 1/2-inch square marshmallows.

50 responses to Strawberry Marshmallows

  1. On August 10, 2009 at 7:08pm, City Girl said...

    These look absolutely fantastic – I love the bright pink color!

  2. On August 10, 2009 at 7:13pm, Elle said...

    Oh my gosh, I can almost taste them! They’re so pink and pretty. I *still* haven’t made marshmallows and I s want to try.

  3. On August 10, 2009 at 8:09pm, Wendy said...

    They look fantastic. I’ll have to give marshmallows another go. I failed miserably the first time I made them.

  4. On August 10, 2009 at 9:11pm, Jen @ MaplenCornbread said...

    Great job!!!! They are soooooo pretty!!!

  5. On August 10, 2009 at 9:36pm, Jen of a2eatwrite said...

    These look amazing! I’ll definitely be trying them. What gorgeous photos, Susan!

  6. On August 10, 2009 at 9:42pm, annie said...

    They look so pretty in pink!

  7. On August 10, 2009 at 9:50pm, Sihan said...

    the pink is just gorgeous! and strawberry. must be really awesome!

  8. On August 10, 2009 at 10:28pm, Kristen said...

    Those are the most beautiful pink marshmallows!
    I haven’t made homemade marshmallows yet, but you’ve piqued my interest now!

  9. On August 10, 2009 at 11:18pm, nina said...

    First tins first…the 2nd photo is a gem, wow!!! The marshmallows look most tempting…I just want to double check, how much is an envelope of gelatin!!!(sometimes our measurements differ somewhat)

    • On August 11, 2009 at 1:50pm, Susan said...

      Nina- I used Knox brand gelatin. It comes in a box with 4 small packets. The entire box contains 1 oz./28 g. of powdered gelatin. So, 3 1/2 packets should equal approximately 24.5 g. Hope that helps. :)

  10. On August 11, 2009 at 12:20am, Vibi said...

    WOW! They’re gorgeous Susan! Looks like fluffy jewelry! …and must be so good in hot chocolate.

    • On August 11, 2009 at 1:51pm, Susan said...

      They were good in hot chocolate. Even in 90 degree heat! :)

  11. On August 11, 2009 at 12:48am, Farmer Jen said...

    Yum!

  12. On August 11, 2009 at 1:18am, Joy said...

    Mmm…they look lovely. Photo #2 is the money shot. Wow.

  13. On August 11, 2009 at 5:10am, Coleen said...

    You are certainly living up to your SGCC name!! These look fantastic.

    • On August 11, 2009 at 1:52pm, Susan said...

      Hehehe! :D

  14. On August 11, 2009 at 6:55am, Shelly (cookies and cups) said...

    Oh wow! these look great! And once you have the homemade marshmallow there is no turning back..plus strawberries, you just raised the bar :)

  15. On August 11, 2009 at 8:47am, Nicisme said...

    Those look gorgeous, fabulous colour!

  16. On August 11, 2009 at 8:56am, Rosa said...

    Wonderful! A dreamlike treat!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  17. On August 11, 2009 at 9:24am, Bellini Valli said...

    Lovely pink clouds Susan. They remind me of dawn:D

  18. On August 11, 2009 at 9:51am, Krystle said...

    Yum these look so pretty like pink puffs of clouds! Great pics!

  19. On August 11, 2009 at 10:32am, Sam@BingeNYC said...

    So pretty! I’ve always been a bit anxious about homemade marshmallows, but these look too yummy to pass up!

  20. On August 11, 2009 at 10:45am, Natasha - 5 Star Foodie said...

    These strawberry marshmallows look just heavenly, so light and fluffy!

  21. On August 11, 2009 at 10:57am, ingrid said...

    Love your photos….that second one is awesome. They are easy to make aren’t they? I actually made some during the Christmas baking season. Yours are lovely and that was a terrific idea turning them into strawberry ones.
    ~ingrid

  22. On August 11, 2009 at 10:59am, Charli said...

    I was just thinking those looked like they would be sooo tasty in some hot chocolate, then I scroll down and there it is!!! Yum!

  23. On August 11, 2009 at 11:39am, CookiePie said...

    Beautiful!! I love the color, and I bet the strawberry puree makes them extra delicious.

  24. On August 11, 2009 at 12:05pm, Veron said...

    I really…really feel I’m the last person who is going to make marshmallows. And strawberry ones are sure to please. Must make some marshmallows NOW!

  25. On August 11, 2009 at 12:16pm, diva said...

    i don’t eat marshmallows but these are so pretty and pink, if put in front of me i might eat all of it just cause they’re so adorable and perfect. lovin how they turn the hot chocolate pink. genius! x

  26. On August 11, 2009 at 12:54pm, patsyk said...

    I’m so impressed by homemade marshmallows! You make it sound so easy, I may have to try them… they would make a lovely teacher gift at the holidays with some hot chocolate mix in a cool mug!

    • On August 11, 2009 at 1:53pm, Susan said...

      What a great idea! I’ll definitely have to remember that one! :)

  27. On August 11, 2009 at 1:55pm, Susan said...

    Thanks, everyone! I’m so glad you liked my marshmallows! They looked so much prettier right after I made them. I just didn’t have time to photograph them until a few days later. By then, the powdered sugar started to get a little clumpy. Oh well. They still tasted wonderful! :D

  28. On August 11, 2009 at 3:31pm, Paula said...

    Those are so pretty! I love the color, and they sound so easy I’ve got no excuse not to make them!!

  29. On August 11, 2009 at 4:31pm, Rachel (S[d]OC) said...

    These are so pretty. I could just see these at a tea party or some other girly event.

  30. On August 11, 2009 at 8:23pm, Donna said...

    Susan these looked simply delish! and especially in the hot drink… YUMO!

    (((HUGS)))
    Donna

  31. On August 12, 2009 at 9:37am, Patricia Scarpin said...

    I have made strawberry marshmallows and they were delicious – they were a gift to a coworker and she loved them.
    Yours are so pretty, Susan!

  32. On August 12, 2009 at 5:14pm, stephanie said...

    Wow, those marshmallows floating in that mug looks adorably delicious!

  33. On August 12, 2009 at 5:20pm, Katrina said...

    I’ve made his recipe before (although without the strawberry puree), and it was fantastic. I’m going to try it your way next time!

  34. On August 12, 2009 at 8:56pm, susan from food blogga said...

    So girly-girl! I love them!

  35. On August 12, 2009 at 9:32pm, EAT! said...

    Oh my oh my! Never have I seen such a delicious looking marshmellow. With the addition of the fresh strawberry, I would count these as a serving of fruit. :)

  36. On August 13, 2009 at 2:47am, Elizabeth - Cake or Death? said...

    Yum! I would love some of these chopped into small squares and baked into brownies.

  37. On August 13, 2009 at 2:06pm, Lucy said...

    Ooooh my! I adore the fresh pink colour of these marshmallows – they match your pretty pink blog! I think these would be divine chopped into chocolate biscuit cake: but knowing me I think I woulf jus eat them right out the pan ;)

  38. On August 14, 2009 at 12:37am, maris said...

    These look great – I’ve been wanting to make my own marshmallows for ages and I love that you flavored these with real fruit.

  39. On August 14, 2009 at 1:39pm, Cynthia said...

    I wish with all my might that I could have some that fluffy, flavourful marshmallows!

  40. On August 14, 2009 at 3:05pm, Chez US - Denise said...

    I want to stuff these into my mouth NOW! We made banana ones a couple weeks ago … but ate them all before photographing! I need to make them again, after looking & reading this post!

  41. On August 16, 2009 at 10:07am, Avanika (Yumsilicious Bakes) said...

    Ooh yum!! Pretty in pink!! I love them!

  42. On August 20, 2009 at 11:06pm, anna said...

    Wow, I love that shot of the pink marshmallows melting into the hot chocolate! I love making marshmallows – this recipe is actually a bit more complicated than the easy-peasy gelatin-only one I normally go to but they are always worth it no matter how you make them!

  43. On February 02, 2010 at 6:15pm, Erika said...

    These look wonderful! Can I substitute honey for the corn syrup and reconstituted egg whites? I have some great local honey and want to use pasteurized eggs because it will be for kids. I am making them for my daughters girl scout valentine’s day party.

    May I print out the picture of a marshmallow in cocoa and the recipe with you, Gourmet and Smitten Kitchen attributed?

  44. On October 11, 2011 at 11:04am, glennys said...

    Hi Susan,

    You’re right! even the bravest kitchen warriors of us have been afraid of homemade marshmallows! But you have certainly given us sweet gorgeous pink inspiration!! I’d like to know though; how long will they keep, if I want to make them way in advance for an event? (I know the store-bought will live in that bag for months,but how about these, is a week ok at least?) Thanks!!

  45. On April 18, 2012 at 1:28am, Crystal said...

    If I want to make normal marshmallows and omit the starwberry purree will the consistency stillbe pkay? lease reply!!

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