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Vegan Marshmallows

Posted: Fri Apr 20, 2007 5:51 pm
by Kitsune
Okay, so I did a couple minutes of internet searching and swiped this article from the web. Enjoy, CHL & all others on this board who are vegan (certainly not me, but I definately support the life choice. :-D ) The blue part is the part I swiped, which is why it's written in the first person, since I haven't tried it myself. :lol: Heck, I don't even own an electric mixer.

Well, I finally had the chance to make the marshmallows yesterday with Emes Kosher Gelatin (purely veg - made from Carageenan, Locust Bean Gum, and Malto-dextrin). The results were really nice...I made them with unbleached Florida Crystals sugar (a light blonde sugar made by an environmentally friendly company), but the marshmallows still came out beautifully white.

The marshmallows are amazingly soft and fresh-tasting. They aren't quite
as puffy as commerical ones, but they puff and brown when toasted and melt easily in liquid (can't wait to try them in hot chocolate or cocoa). I
think they'll make yummy s'mores with vegan chocolate chips and graham
crackers! I'm also thinking of cutting some of them into Xmas tree shapes
(triangles) and dipping them in chocolate for Xmas cookie/candy boxes.

This is not a difficult recipe, but you need an electric mixer to do it.
It will be a lot easier if you have a candy thermometer (fairly cheap in a
kitchen shop...I got mine at a grocery store for about $4). Also, don't
try this if you hate making messes! The "creme" is very sticky and hard to scrape out of the bowl. I got it all over me!!

I'd like to try the Carmel brand kosher veg gel, but the only way I've
found it is pre-sweetened, and I can't figure out how to convert the amount needed. When I have tried the Carmel brand for other things before, though, I didn't like it as well as the didn't look as clear and "gelatin"-like.

Anyway - for those of you who have a couple of hours to kill and a
hankering for marshmallows, here'd that recipe again. Enjoy!!

Marshmallows(Makes about 1 3/4 lbs.)
2 cups sugar (I used unbleached)
3/4 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup water
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons kosher veg gelatin (this is 3 packets of Emes)
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
Cornstarch (for lightly dusting)

Put in the mixing bowl and let stand 1 hour:

3 tablespoons kosher veg gelatin (this is 3 packets of Emes)
1/2 cup water

In about 1/2 hour, begin to prepare a syrup. Place in a heavy pan over low heat and stir until dissolved:

2 cups sugar (I used unbleached)
3/4 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup water
1/4 teaspoon salt

When the mixture start to boil, cover it about 3 minutes to allow any crystals which have formed to be washed down from the sides of the pan.

Be careful, though, not to let the mixture boil over.

Continue to cook uncovered and unstirred over high heat to the firm-ball
stage (244 degrees F). Overcooking makes the marshmallows tough. Remove the mixture from heat and pour slowly over the gelatin, beating constantly with an electric mixer. Continue to beat about 15 minutes after all the syrup has been added. While beating, when the mixture is thick but still smooth, add:

2 tablespoons vanilla extract.

Put the mixture into an 8 x 12 in pan that has been lightly dusted with
cornstarch. Dust the top with cornstarch and set aside. When it has dried for 12 hours, remove it from the pan, cut it into square with scissors dusted with cornstach, and store the fully dusted pieces in a closed tin.

Possible variations: Add coconut extract instead of vanilla. pour into pan
coated with tasted coconut and roll cut pieces in toasted coconut instead
of cornstarch.

Use creme de menthe instead of vanilla for mint marshmallows.

Use other flavors/liquers (almond extract, orange, Kahlua, etc.) instead of

Cut marshmallows into shapes and dip in melted vegan chocolate.

Tint marshmallows with vegetable colors while beating the creme. Cut into holiday shapes (especially nice for spring - Easter, etc.).

Posted: Sat Apr 21, 2007 7:55 am
by SageWolf
cool, I'll see if I can find marshmellows made from Marshmellow root, But if someone else can find it. Cool


Posted: Sat Apr 21, 2007 8:34 am
by Crazy Healer Lady
I love you, Kitsune!!! This rocks! And here I thought my teeth would be saved by Veganism...


Still waiting for the post about the FDA... :snakeman:

Posted: Sat Apr 21, 2007 12:36 pm
by Willow
that might make fora good project next winter when I need an entire days activity to do inside!

Posted: Sat Apr 21, 2007 8:21 pm
by SageWolf
Ok I did a search for Marshmellow root Recipes, Yeah it's going to take AWHILE a good LONG while, I have come to a dead end, So I will see what I can find but it's not gonna be anytime this week.

Anyway just thought I'd let you know