Grilling marshmallows may have been the only thing I enjoyed about summer camp. They came in wax-paper–wrapped boxes and then, later, in bags with “jet-puffed” printed on them, but they were always a mystery. What was this white, spongy stuff, and why didn’t any mom know how to make it? Well, we know now. Make these marshmallows and grill them at the end of a barbecue, toast them around a campfire, add them to s’mores, or just dip in the Fabulous Hot Fudge Sauce from the Malted Milk Ball Sundae.—David Leite
Oil for greasing the pan and the knife or pizza cutter
1 cup confectioners’ sugar, plus extra for dusting
1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
Three 1/4-ounce envelopes unflavored gelatin
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
Drop of food coloring (optional)
1/2 cup cornstarch
1. Oil a 9-by-13-inch pan, sprinkle with a little confectioners’ sugar, and set aside. (A nonstick pan works especially well.)
2. Combine the granulated sugar, 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons water, and the corn syrup in a medium saucepan. Cover and bring to a boil without stirring. Uncover, place a candy thermometer in the pan, and heat the syrup to 240°F (115°C), or the soft-ball stage. This will most likely take at least 15 minutes.
3. When the syrup has started to boil, put 1/2 cup of water in a large heat-proof bowl of an electric mixer and sprinkle the gelatin over it, stirring to wet completely. Let the gelatin soften at least 1 minute. Slowly pour the hot syrup into the gelatin in a steady stream, beating at low speed.
4. Increase the speed to high and beat, scraping frequently. When the mixture turns white and begins to thicken, which ought to happen after about 10 minutes, add the vanilla extract. (For pretty pastel marshmallows, add a drop of any tint of food coloring.)
5. Continue beating on high until the mixture is quite thick and then scrape it into prepared pan. Let cool completely, for 2 hours or more.
6. Sift a little confectioners’ sugar over the top of the marshmallows and over a sheet of wax paper at least as large as the pan. Run a knife around all sides of the pan to loosen. Invert the pan onto the paper and pry out one corner with the knife until the rest follows. Dust what was formerly the bottom with more confectioners’ sugar.
7. Combine the 1 cup of confectioners’ sugar with the cornstarch in a shallow bowl or pie plate.
8. Oil a knife or pizza cutter and slice the marshmallow crosswise into 10 strips (or more or less depending on the size preferred). Cut 1 strip into 8 pieces (again, more or less to preference) and toss them in the confectioners’ sugar mixture to coat completely. Shake off excess in a sieve or colander and repeat with the remaining strips. (If you have leftover confectioners’ sugar mixture, store it in a sealed container and save it for your next batch of marshmallows.)
9. Store in an airtight container or sealed plastic bag.
Recipe © 2006 by Stephen Bruce. All rights reserved.