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Marshmallows III (P, TNT)
Source: Gourmet magazine
Yield: 96 marshmallows

About 1 cup confectioners' sugar
3-1/2 envelopes (2 tablespoons plus 2-1/2 teaspoons) unflavored gelatin
1/2 cup cold water
2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup hot water (about 115°F)
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 large egg whites (If egg safety is a problem in your area, substitute powdered egg whites reconstituted according to manufacturer's instructions)
1 teaspoon vanilla

Oil bottom and sides of a 13"x9"x2" rectangular metal baking pan and dust bottom and sides with some confectioners' sugar.

In bowl of a standing electric mixer or in a large bowl sprinkle gelatin over cold water and let stand to soften.

In a 3-quart heavy saucepan cook granulated sugar, corn syrup, hot water, and salt over low heat, stirring with a wooden spoon, until sugar is dissolved. Increase heat to moderate and boil mixture, without stirring, until a candy or digital thermometer registers 240°F, about 12 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 mixture on high speed until white, thick, and nearly tripled in volume, about 6 minutes if using standing mixer or about 10 minutes if using hand-held mixer.

In a large bowl with cleaned beaters beat whites (or reconstituted powdered whites) until they just hold stiff peaks. Beat whites and vanilla into sugar mixture until just combined.

Pour mixture into baking pan and sift 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar evenly over top. Chill marshmallow, uncovered, until firm, at least 3 hours, and up to 1 day.

Run a thin knife around edges of pan and invert pan onto a large cutting board. Lifting up 1 corner of inverted pan, with fingers loosen marshmallow and let drop onto cutting board. With a large knife trim edges of marshmallow and cut marshmallow into roughly 1" cubes. Sift remaining confectioners' sugar into a large bowl and add marshmallows in batches, tossing to evenly coat. Marshmallows keep in an airtight container at cool room temperature 1 week.

Poster's Notes:
This is the best thing to do with powdered sugar, make your own marshmallows! This recipe is from Gourmet a couple of years ago. My daughter and I make these all the time when she's home from school. They're great plain, half-dipped in chocolate, in a cup of hot chocolate, to make S'mores Brownies. And they're so much fun to make. Definitely use a stand-mixer with a deep bowl or you and your kitchen will be marshmallow-coated before you know it (and I speak from first-hand experience).

Posted by Judy Sennesh

Nutritional Info Per Serving: N/A