Homemade gingerbread marshmallows are a revelation – wonderfully soft, fluffy and delicious, they make the perfect festive edible gift.
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Homemade marshmallows are having a bit of a moment it seems to me. I recently designed a book – an entire book – on marshmallows, so naturally I had to try my hand at making some. I discovered a few things along the way…
1. Marshmallows are… STICKY. Incredibly gluey, bubblegum-like and liable to adhere to everything… the whisk, the spatulas, entire kitchen, you hair…
2. Marshmallows are… MESSY. See above. The first recipe I made was a triple layered chocolate concoction from aforementioned book. The recipe used every single bowl, spatula, tray… almost entire contents of kitchen.
3. Marshmallows are… a REVELATION. Homemade marshmallows that is. They are pillowy soft, tenderly sweet and completely addictive. I brought some to work and people could not stop raving about them and coming back for more.
Since making my first batch I have gone on to make marshmallows again and again – they really are fun to make and you can experiment with the flavours and coatings endlessly.
I am sharing my own recipe for gingerbread marshmallows – ’tis the season after all – and have a feeling there will be more marshmallow recipes in future!
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- Gingerbread marshmallows
- 2 packets powdered gelatine about 3 tbsp
- 120 ml | 1/2 cup cold water
- 440 g | 2 1/4 cups caster sugar
- 80 g | 1/4 cup golden syrup
- 80 g | 1/4 cup light corn syrup or liquid glucose
- 1 tbsp treacle or molasses optional
- 200 ml | 3/4 cup water
- 1-2 tbsp dark rum optional
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon use ground Cassia if you can find it - more aromatic
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- 1/4 tsp ground cloves
- 1/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
- Zest of half an orange optional
- 60 g | 2.1 oz Green & Blacks Maya Gold chocolate finely grated
- 5 tbsp icing sugar 2 tbsp cornflour, 2 tbsp cocoa powder, 1 tsp ground cinnamon, sifted for coating
- You will need
- Sugar thermometer
- Slightly deep tray or square cake pan aprox. 30x20x5cm (12x8x2 in) oiled and lined with baking paper
- Silicone spatula - wiped with oil
- Cookie cutters optional
- Oil your pan or cake tin. Line with baking paper and oil again. Oil a silicone spatula.
- Put the cold water in the bowl of your stand mixer and sprinkle the gelatine on top. Let it swell or 'bloom'.
- Put the remaining water, sugar, corn syrup, golden syrup, treacle and rum in a medium deep saucepan. Clip on a sugar thermometer and bring to the boil. Keep boiling until it reaches 120C | 248F (firm ball stage).
- Meanwhile add the spices to the gelatine and whisk together at high speed.
- When sugar reaches the right temperature slowly add it to the gelatine - down the side of the mixing bowl - while whisking at slow speed initially and increasing to high speed once all syrup is added. Keep whisking for several minutes (can take up to 10-15 mins) until the mixture is thick, glossy and bubblegum-like.
- Stir in the orange zest and grated chocolate. Spoon the marshmallow into the prepared pan and spread evenly. Dust with the coating and leave to set at room temperature for 2 hours (or longer). (I used a small amount of marshmallow spread thinly of a second tray to create the small gingerbread mallows).
- Use a greased pizza wheel or a sharp knife to cut the marshmallows into cubes. Or use greased cookie cutters to create shapes. Toss them in the coating so that they are covered all over (otherwise they will dry out). Store in an airtight container for up to two weeks.
Tracy K Nixon says
Ohhhh gigerbread always make me think of Bonfire night and Christmas! Yummy!
Felicity Bayley says
Oh gee whizz, these mini gingerbread marshmallow men are too lovely. No wonder your son loves homemade ones!!
I've never even heard of these before but what a great idea and what fun they will be on a Friday night!
I'm intrigued by the idea of Gingerbread Marshmallows.
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The dripping caramel from those cookies just made my heart stop!! I better eat another cookie to get my heart working again, great post!
I had to do these twice because the recipe was missing a step.
"3. Put the sugar, corn syrup, golden syrup, treacle and rum in a medium deep saucepan".. AND remaining water.
I have a marshmallow recipe I have used before with success so I used that the second time, but kept the flavor profile of the gingerbread. Really great mallows.
Lucy Parissi says
Yikes! Thanks for pointing that out – I have updated the recipe. I am so sorry you had to make twice. I checked and double checked the recipe and yet still missed that!
Sarah Wheeler says
These look absolutely divine…I must invest in a sugar thermometer and be bold!
Have you ever had any luck with a vegetarian version? They're very expensive to buy but seem problematic to make, which may be why they're expensive but it could be that there is a fool proof recipe that isn't well known.
Lucy Parissi says
I haven't but I know they need Carrageenan (sold a vegegel or vegetarian gelatine) – which is not that easy to source
Oh wow these look yummy!
I never knew you could make marshmallows! They look lovely
Ooh these are so exciting! I've been a bit nervous about the level of stickiness of home made marshmallows, but if I get round to trying them this recipe is the one I'll use.
Jen @ Blue Kitchen Bakes says
Love the little gingerbread men marshmallows, they look so cute! I had a go at making some of these recently from a different book and I was blown away by how good homemade marshmallows can be. I've never liked shop bought versions but I'm a convert to homemade now 🙂