I admit it. I am a marshmallow snob. The only marshmallow I will eat plain, is a fresh, homemade marshmallow. I will happily eat a processed marshmallow if it has been charred to a crisp. And I will eat marshmallow fluff if it is cooked into something. So, I knew when I wanted to make a s'more with strawberry marshmallows that I would be making the marshmallows myself. The secret? I used ground freeze-dried strawberries. They gave the marshmallows a great pink color and just the right amount of strawberry flavor. They were a jewel in the crown of the Biscoff S’mores with Strawberry Marshmallows and Dark Chocolate. Yum!
- 1.2 ounces freeze-dried strawberries
- ½ cup water for the gelatin
- 3 packets Knox gelatin
- 2 ¼ cups granulated sugar
- ¾ cup water
- Pinch of salt
- 1 ½ teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- ½ cup confectioner’s sugar
- ¼ cup cornstarch
- In a small food processor, process strawberries into a powder. Sift into a small bowl to remove seeds and other grit. Set aside.
- Grease an 8”x8” glass dish.In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, add ½ cup water and 3 packets of gelatin. Whisk to combine. Let sit for at least 10 minutes to bloom.
- Place the sugar and water into a medium saucepan. Stir until the sugar is water are evenly mixed. Heat over medium-high heat until the sugar syrup comes to a boil. Cover the saucepan with a lid, turn the heat to medium and let cook for 2 minutes. Remove the lid and insert a candy thermometer into the liquid. Cook until the temperature reaches firm ball stage, about 245ºF. Turn off heat.
- Turn the mixture onto medium heat and slowly pour the sugar mixture into the gelatin. Let it run down the sides so it doesn’t burn the gelatin. Once it is incorporated, turn on high speed and beat for 6 minutes or until triple in volume.
- Add the salt, vanilla and strawberry powder. Mix until well combined. T
- Transfer the marshmallow into the glass dish, dust with a little powdered sugar, cover with plastic wrap and let sit for at least 6 hours. Remove from pan, cut into desired shapes. Combine powdered sugar and corn starch. Toss cut marshmallows in the powdered coating to store.
- The cook time is actually the time it takes the marshmallows to cure.