DAY THREE OF THE 12 DAYS OF GINGERBREAD!
(SEE HERE FOR THE GINGERBREAD SPICE MIX POST!)
If y’all don’t already know, I’ve got a bit of a thing for marshmallows. All kinds of marshmallows.
If you ask my friends, I don’t make nearly enough marshmallows (because they don’t get enough).
If you ask the friends who got to taste test this particular flavor, they’ll show up at my house at 7am to get their hands on them.
I made two batches for my taste tester group. Half of them disappeared before I could package them up (I suspect my children and my father). Half of them were snatched up before I got to taste them.
So I think it’s safe to say these are pretty delicious.
A festive addition to any hot cocoa, or just eaten plain
- nonstick cooking spray
- 2 tbsp molasses
- 1 tbsp Gingerbread Spice Mix (recipe here: https://miacupcake.com/gingerbread-spice-mix/)
- 1 cup cold water (divided)
- 2 cups white sugar
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2/3 cup light corn syrup
- 2 scoops Vital Proteins Beef Gelatin (can also use 3 1/4-oz envelopes of store-bought gelatin)
Pour half of the water into a bowl fitted on your stand mixer. Sprinkle your gelatin over the water and set aside.
Get your 9×11 baking dish (I used an 8×10 for taller marshmallows). Spray lightly with baking spray. Set aside.
Combine the remainder of the water plus the sugar, salt, corn syrup, molasses and Gingerbread Spice Mix in a medium saucepan over low heat. Stir until sugar dissolves.
Increase heat to medium, clip a candy thermometer to the side of the pot and WATCH THE POT. Seriously, don’t walk away right now. It boils up pretty fast. If it boils up, lift the pot off the heat and decrease your burner a notch.
Cook without stirring until syrup reaches 235-240°.
Start the mixer on low, and pour the syrup in a slow steady stream down the side of the bowl.
When all syrup is incorporated, increase speed slowly to high.
While this is beating, get a spatula and a glass of water.
Beat until mixture has tripled in volume, is glossy, thick, and pulls away from the sides of the bowl as you mix. When you pull the beater out of the mix, it should fall in large slow ribbons and be slow to melt back into the bowl.
Pour mixture into your prepared baking dish. Use your damp spatula to scrape out the bowl and smooth the top. Work fast – this stiffens up QUICK.
Set aside to set for 4 hours (or overnight).
Sift together the cornstarch and powdered sugar and spread some of that mixture onto a clean work surface (leave the rest in a bowl). Turn your marshmallows out onto this surface and remove the foil.
Use a damp knife (that glass of water comes in handy!) and cut into squares in the size of your choosing.
Toss your squares in the remaining cornstarch/powdered sugar mix and shake off excess
Store in an airtight container for up to 10 days, though they'll probably disappear long before then.
Check out Day One here, and Day Two here!
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