Homemade vanilla and rosewater marshmallows

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homemade-marshmallowOnce you’ve tried these melt-in-your-mouth candies, you won’t want to go back to shop-bought ones. Make them for your family, or give them as special gifts or wedding favours.

Vanilla and rosewater marshmallows

2 tablespoons powdered gelatin
380ml water
500g granulated sugar
1 tablespoon liquid glucose
2 egg whites
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 tablespoons rosewater
½ cup cornflour
½ cup icing sugar

1. In a small bowl, soften the gelatin in 190ml of water.

2. In a medium saucepan, gently heat the remaining 190ml of water with the sugar and liquid glucose, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Use a spatula to push down any sugar granules from the sides of the saucepan. Once the sugar has dissolved, increase heat and boil without stirring until the syrup reaches 121° on a candy thermometer, about 10 minutes.

3. Remove from heat. Add the gelatin mixture and stir until dissolved.

4. In a standing mixer, beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form. With the mixer on a medium speed, slowly pour in the hot syrup. Increase speed to medium-high and beat until cool, about 10 minutes. Beat in vanilla and rosewater.

5. Grease and line a 20cm x 30cm lamington tray with baking paper. Spray the baking paper lightly with oil and dust with a mix of 1 tablespoon of cornflour and 1 tablespoon icing sugar.

6. Pour the marshmallow into the tray and spread evenly. Let stand until set, 2-4 hours. Cut into squares with a wet knife (or use a cookie cutter to cut out shapes). Roll squares in remaining icing sugar and cornflour mix to coat. Place on wire rack to dry for a couple more hours then store in an airtight container in a single layer on baking paper.

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