Note from Heather: Today’s recipe for fluffy homemade marshmallows comes from my friend Jenni, founder of The Urban Poser and author of My Paleo Patisserie. They’re absolutely delicious on their own or served with homemade hot chocolate.
As The Sun Goes Down Earlier These Days . . .
I find my mind drifting with anticipation to the the smells of chimney smoke in the cool winter air. I can almost taste the warm chai on my tongue along with some chewy gingerbread men and and a few spicy peppermint sticks. But more than all of this, I anticipate one of our longest running family traditions. Making homemade MARSHMALLOWS!
In addition to the classic recipe you’ll find below – a definite favorite – we make chocolate, raspberry, neopolitan, earl gray tea and even gingerbread ones. You can find all of those recipes in My Paleo Patisserie.
Can I roast these marshmallows?
Yes! Not only do we love to eat them…we love to give them away. Marshmallows make great gifts and if you pair them up with some grain-free graham crackers and a few roasting sticks, you can make some amazing ‘Smore’ packages.
If you plan to roast them, it’s best to let them dry out a little first. I like to put them in a paper bag for 2 days or so. They do best under very hot heat rather than a slow roast. Right to the flame and not for very long.
The marshmallow recipe below uses grass-fed gelatin and organic honey instead of corn syrup, making these marshmallows a great option for paleo, GAPS and SCD style diets.
Perhaps you’ll make these tasty marshmallow treats one of your holiday family traditions, just like we did.
Video: How To Make Homemade Marshmallows
Homemade Marshmallow Recipe
- stand mixer or hand mixer
- mixing bowl
- candy thermometer
- Grease an 8x8(or larger) pan and line with unbleached parchment paper in both directions. Leave some length to use as handles when removing your finished marshmallows. Sprinkle the bottom of the pan with 2 tablespoons arrowroot powder.
- In your mixer bowl, add the gelatin with 1/2 cup of water
- While the gelatin is softening, pour the other 1/2 cup of water in a sauce pan along with the honey, vanilla and the salt. Turn the burner to a medium high heat, bringing the mixture to a boil. Place a candy thermometer in the sauce pan and continue to boil the mixture until it reaches 240 degrees (the soft ball stage). This will take approx. 7-8 min. Immediately remove from the sauce pan from the heat.
- Turn your standing mixer to low/med. Slowly pour the honey mixture into the bowl combining it with the softened gelatin. Turn the mixer to high and continue beating the mixtures until it becomes thick like marshmallow creme (about 10 min).
- Turn off the mixer and transfer the marshmallow creme to the prepared pan. Smooth the top and sprinkle on the remaining 2 tablespoons of arrowroot powder. Pat to smooth again.
- If you would prefer not to use the arrowroot, lightly grease your hands with oil and pat smooth. This will keep it from sticking to your fingers. Alternatively you can press it down with parchment paper, leaving it there till the marshmallows are completely set.
- When set, remove the marshmallows by lifting from the parchment paper flaps. Cut to desired size and enjoy!
In 2010, Jenni went from being an active mother, yoga teacher and chef, to bed ridden with uncontrollable pain and muscle spasms. Diagnosed with severe gluten and casein intolerance, she discovered hope through strict real food and supplement protocols. Bringing together her love of culture, her culinary skills, and her compassion for the suffering, TheUrbanPoser.com was launched. Her stunning new cookbook, My Paleo Patisserie: An Artisan Approach to Grain Free Baking, is now available on Amazon.com.