No bonfire night would be complete without marshmallows to either toast over the fire or to go in a nice hot mug of hot chocolate. Making marshmallows is simple, we always make our own, why not give it a try?
450 g caster sugar
14 g powdered gelatine
2 tsp vanilla extract
icing sugar for dusting
1. Put 175 ml of water in a heavy-based saucepan, pour in 450 g of sugar. It’s best to use white caster sugar for this, I’d run out so used light soft brown sugar for this batch so they didn’t come out as good as they usually do. Bring to a rolling boil whilst stirring.
2. Stop stirring, reduce the heat so the mixture simmers for 15 – 20 minutes and the temperature reaches 113°C.
3. Put 14 g of gelatine and 100 ml of water into the bowl of an electric food mixer and leave for ten minutes.
4. After ten minutes get the mixer on and slowly pour in the syrup from the saucepan, then add 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract.
5. Turn the mixer up high and leave to whisk for twenty minutes, it seems like a long time but don’t be tempted to cut it short.
6. Line a cake tin with parchment paper, oil and dust with icing sugar.
7. Pour the marshmallow mixture into the lined tin, cover with cling film and leave on the kitchen side until the morning.
8. Cut in to squares, dust with more icing sugar and there you go!
We were supposed to be going to a fireworks display this evening but it was cancelled due to the extremely windy weather but we’ll still have a mug of hot chocolate with our marshmallows.