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How To Make Homemade Marshmallows for Bonfire Night

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With Bonfire Night ‘round the corner, there’s no better reason to make delicious, melt-in-your-mouth homemade marshmallows for toasting.

Perfect enjoyed fireside or given as a homemade gift, they’ll dip brilliantly in chocolate fondue and would spruce up mugs of Irish Hot Chocolate too. Here’s how to rustle them up:

Easy homemade marshmallow recipe

Ingredients:

  • 9 leaves of gelatine
  • 450g caster sugar
  • 1 tbsp glucose
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • vegetable oil
  • corn flour
  • icing sugar

Method:

  1. Soak the gelatine leaves in 140ml of cold water for 10 min
  2. Combine the caster sugar and glucose in a saucepan with 200ml cold water and bring to 127°C (260°F). Meanwhile, whisk two egg whites to form firm peaks
  3. Remove the sugar and glucose mix from the heat once it has reached temperature. Then add gelatine leaves and the water you soaked it in, and stir to combine
  4. Pour the gelatinous mix onto the egg whites gradually, then add 1 tsp of vanilla extract and combine. Tip: At this point you can add food colouring to create coloured marshmallows!
  5. Whisk the mixture at a high speed for 10 min
  6. Grease a deep tin or tray with vegetable oil, then pour in the marshmallow mix
  7. Refrigerate for at least 2 hrs (ideally overnight) Tip: Make sure the tray is level otherwise your marshmallow mix will run!
  8. Remove from the fridge, dust your fingers and a chopping board with a mix of cornflour and icing sugar, gently prise the marshmallow sheet out of the tray and lay it onto the dusted chopping board before cutting into cubes or shapes and dusting with a mix of icing sugar and cornflour to stop them sticking together

This fantastic recipe makes light, cloudlike marshmallows – perfect for sandwiching into s’mores.

Take two biscuits (graham crackers if you can find them, but good old Rich Tea or Digestives work a treat) and pop a square of chocolate on one of the biscuits.

Pop your golden toasted marshmallow on top of the chocolate square, put your second biscuit on top and squish – so sweet and easy.

Your kid will love getting involved too – the s’more the merrier!

Marshmallows are so easy and won’t disappoint, so get your mixing bowls out, share the recipe with your friends, try ‘em and tag @goustocooking in your pics.

Want even more seasonal inspiration? Don’t miss our cosy autumnal crowd pleasers, or our tips on how to prolong your veg’s shelf life.

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