Thursday, December 2, 2010

guest postin'

in lieu of a post blabbing on about my christmas shopping thus far, check me out over at lizzie & isaiah's place today.

today's DIY:

Homemade Marshmallows*

Makes 24

  • Vegetable oil, for brushing
  • 4 envelopes unflavored gelatin (3 tablespoons plus 1 1/2 teaspoons)
  • 3 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups light corn syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar


  1. Brush a 9-by-13-inch glass baking dish with oil. Line with parchment, allowing a 2-inch overhang on the long sides. Brush parchment with oil; set aside.
  2. Put granulated sugar, corn syrup, salt, and 3/4 cup water into a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring to dissolve sugar. Cook, without stirring, until mixture registers 238 degrees.on a candy thermometer, about 9 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, put 3/4 cup cold water into the bowl of an electric mixer; sprinkle with gelatin. Let soften 5 minutes.
  4. Attach bowl with gelatin to mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. With mixer on low speed, beat hot syrup into gelatin mixture. Gradually raise speed to high; beat until mixture is very stiff, about 12 minutes. Beat in vanilla. Pour into prepared dish, and smooth with an offset spatula. Set aside, uncovered, until firm, about 3 hours.
  5. Sift 1 cup confectioners' sugar onto a work surface. Unmold marshmallow onto confectioners' sugar; remove parchment. Lightly brush a sharp knife with oil, then cut marshmallow into 2-inch squares. Sift remaining 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar into a small bowl, and roll each marshmallow in the sugar to coat. Marshmallows can be stored in an airtight container up to 3 days.
* add toasted coconut or peppermint; you can also add food coloring, just swirl it in after you pour the mix into the dish...if you make these, trust me, people will be psyched & they are surprisingly easy!


  1. no way! I was just reading the Williams-Sonoma catalog (evil!) that we got in the mail and saw their 'homemade marshmallows' and wondered out loud if it were relatively easy to make! Thanks for mind reading and answering my question!

    (And PS adorable photo of you two kids over at lizzie & isaiah's)

  2. homemade marshmallows = delishhhh. that sounds AMAZING. thanks for guest posting for us, lisa, you are a freaking delight. you should know that by now, right?

  3. thanks girls! love you two :)