I had my first taste of a true homemade marshmellow last year. 39 years and I had never tasted a true marshmellow. Well what a difference. The texture is different but in a good way and the ingredients are incredibly simple. I'm not quite sure why I haven't made them before? I suppose it is because all I ever known was store bought? Well I will share the recipe I found in Chatelaine magasine.
3/4 cup white sugar
1/3 cup corn syrup
1/4 cup cold water
1/8 teaspoon salt
Stir until incorporated. Set the heat on high and bring to a boil. Boil hard for 1 minute and DO NOT stir.
Remove from heat and add 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
While you are waiting for the sugars to boil line an 8X8 baking dish with plastic wrap so that it overhangs the edges. Lightly spray with cooking oil.
In your mixing bowl add:
1/4 cup warm water
2 envelopes of unflavoured gelatin (equal to 14 grams)
Allow this to sit for 2 minutes to allow it to softened
In a small bowl whisk together:
1/4 cup icing sugar with 1 teaspoon cornstarch
Sift 1/3 of this mixture onto the top of the marshmellow. Turn the marshmellow onto a cutting board that is dusted with another 1/3 of the icing sugar mixture. Slice the marshmellow into cubes about 1 inch square. Roll each marshmellow in remaining sugar until all sides are coated. Store in an airtight container.