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Homemade Marshmallow

2-1/2 tablespoonsunflavored gelatin
1 cupwater, divided
1-1/2 cupspure cane sugar
1 cuplight corn syrup
1/4 teaspoonsalt
2 tablespoonspure vanilla extract, or flavoring of choice
powdered sugar, for dusting
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Homemade Marshmallow - Instructions

Combine gelatin and 1/2 cup cold water in the bowl of an electric mixer with whisk attachment. Let stand
30 minutes. Meanwhile, thickly coat the bottom of a 9x13 inch glass baking pan with 1 cup of sifted
powdered sugar. Attach a candy thermometer to a heavy bottomed sauce pan. Place the candy thermometer at
least 1/2 inch off the bottom of the pan.

In the saucepan, combine granulated sugar, corn syrup, salt, and 1/2 cup water. Place over low heat, and
stir until sugar has dissolved. With a heat resistant brush dipped in warm water, wash down sides of pan
to dissolve any sugar crystals. Cook syrup without stirring until it reaches 244 F (firm-ball stage).
Immediately remove pan from heat.

With mixer on low speed, slowly and carefully pour syrup into the softened gelatin. Slowly, increase
speed to high and beat until mixture is very thick and white and has almost tripled in volume, about 15
minutes. Add vanilla; beat to incorporate.

Pour marshmallow mixture into pan and quickly smooth the top. Dust top with powdered sugar and let stand
to cool and dry. Once cool and dry, turn out onto a cutting board. Cut marshmallows with a dry hot knife
into squares, and dust with more confectioners' sugar.

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