Are you up for something a little different?
This recipe is a fun one if you really want to impress your guests or your family this holiday season. Sure, you could buy some marshmallows at the store, but where's the fun in that? Plus this recipe is made with a homemade eggnog simple syrup, which goes great in your coffee. Two recipes in one! Use store bought eggnog, or if you're feeling extra fancy make your own! I've got a recipe here.
Candy making is something I'm just starting to get into. It requires a very close eye, which I learned the hard way. When I made taffy for the first time I went through three burned batches before I understood the importance of constantly stirring and monitoring the temperature.
One of the most important parts of making marshmallows is making sure that your surface is stick-proof. Combine cornstarch and powdered sugar in equal parts and sift over your surface. I chose to use this little silicone mini muffin tray, which made is easy to portion out the marshmallows. You can also make these in a 13''x9'' tray and use a pizza cutter to separate the finished product into little squares if you like.
After you've spent the majority of your day stirring boiling corn syrup and mixing it with gelatin, you finally get to pipe the little marshmallows into the moulds. I used a piping bag and made little swirls. This part was very messy, so I'd suggest using a disposable piping bag that you can just toss away when you're done. I can't imagine how long it would take to wash one out.
Coat the tops with that cornstarch mixture and pretend it's snowing inside your kitchen.
Let them set for a minimum of four hours or overnight. Then use them to top your hot cocoa, decorate your morning coffee, garnish a beautiful cream based pie or eat by themselves.
I love the eggnog flavor, I think it goes really well with the marshmallows. These little guys add a wonderful little holiday touch to your dessert. I bet they'd be SO good in s'mores.
The cocoa I used for the photographs wasn't quite hot enough unfortunately, so you can't see how pretty the marshmallows look when they melt. But I put one in my coffee in the mornings and it's so pretty how it spreads out all over the mug. It's so cozy and puts me in such a festive mood.
Beware, this recipe makes A LOT of marshmallows, so cut it in half or even in quarters if you're not planning on feeding a large crowd. Or just make all of them. No judgement here. They're good.