Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Orange blossom water marshmallows

Orange blossom water marshmallows / Marshmallows de água de flor de laranjeira

I told you I’m absurdly partial to sweet recipes and I’m sure you’d noticed that already. :)
I love making spoon desserts and cupcakes, for instance, but there’s something that really makes me extra happy: to share what I make. Maybe that is why I’m such an avid cookie baker – they’re easy to package and to carry around; place some cookies in a bag and you can really make someone’s day nicer.

Marshmallows are the same – that’s why you always see them around here. :)

Orange blossom water marshmallows / Marshmallows de água de flor de laranjeira

Orange blossom water marshmallows
adapted from here

2 tablespoons powdered gelatin
½ cup (120ml) warm water
330g caster sugar
½ cup + 1 ½ tablespoons glucose syrup
1/3 cup (80ml) water, extra
1 tablespoon orange blossom water

For rolling the marshmallows:
¾ cup (105g) confectioners’ sugar, sifted
1 tablespoon corn starch, sifted

Lightly oil a 20cm (8in) square cake pan and dust with icing sugar.

Place the gelatin and warm water in the bowl of an electric mixer, stir well to combine and set aside. Place the sugar, glucose and extra water in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to the boil and cook without stirring for 5-6 minutes or until soft ball stage (115°C/240°F) on a sugar thermometer.

With the mixer running at high speed, gradually add the hot syrup to the gelatin mixture. Add the orange blossom water and beat for 10 minutes or until thick and fluffy. Pour into prepared pan, cover with foil or baking paper but do not let it touch the marshmallow. Set aside overnight in room temperature.

Place the icing sugar and corn starch in a bowl and stir to combine. Turn the marshmallow onto a surface lightly dusted with a little of the icing sugar mixture and carefully remove the pan. Cut into squares with a lightly oiled knife.

Dust with remaining icing sugar mixture and store in an airtight container.

Makes 36


pam said...

I'm at school, so I can't see pictures :(

Zizi said...

Lovely photos!!!

Unknown said...

amazing cubes!

Anna said...

Oh my God! Look at those little darlings. It must be delicious. And smell wonderful too.

WendyinKK said...

Just got myself a candy thermometer and one day, one day I'll make marshmallows

Mercè said...

I've never done marshmallows at home, maybe it's because I'm not specially fond of them. But I'm sure that these homemade version with either the orange blossom water or the rose water extract will surprise me.

Valen said...

Beautiful! I want to make marshmallows, but I refuse to use the gelatin.

Unknown said...

YUM! I bet they're just lovely.

Kathleen said...

Oh YUM! These sound incredible!

The Urban Baker said...

omg! gorgeous. glucose syrup, can we substitute corn syrup? love your photography. xx

mari said...

"place some cookies in a bag and you can really make someone’s day nicer." So true! Btw, I love your about page. Lovely photo of you! ciao, mari

advance web said...

Wow. These marshmallows are surely wonderful. Thanks for sharing this one.

Sil BsAs said...

as usual great photo.. and I LOVE those boxes!! where did you get them?

Unknown said...

Such pretty boxes. What a great idea for a foodie pressie

Patricia Scarpin said...

Pam, what a pity! :(

Zizi, thank you for stopping by!

Parka, thank you!

Anna, thank you! I love using rosewater and orange blossom water, I'm addicted to the smell!

Wendy, a candy thermometer is really useful!

Mercè, homemade marshmallows are so much better than store-bought - a much lighter texture. Hope you try these!

Valent, thank you! Are you a vegetarian?

Anna, thank you!

Kathleen, thank you for visiting!

Susan, you can! But probably they will turn out off white, if you don't mind.

Mari, and if the package is full of those beautiful cookies of yours, darling, the person will be extra glad. :)
Thank you, sweetie!

Sil, I downloaded the box template here , then cut, folded and glued the boxes. She used a beautiful shade of pink paper, but I chose this one.

Wizzy, thank you!

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