Strawberry marshmallows

I'll be very honest and let you know I've never been a huge fan of marshmallows. All that processed sugary flavour and that strange squeaky sound they make when you chew on them - eergh. Probably the only time I've enjoyed them is when they're dunked in hot chocolate.

Then I thought to myself that perhaps I don't like marshmallows because the ones I've had are all storebought and loaded up with sugar and chemicals. And since marshmallows is essentially just whipped up sugar and gelatine, why don't I try making some?
As it turns out, homemade marshmallows are melt-in-your-mouth, fluffy little clouds of delight. Absolutely NOTHING like the store bought options. I'll never look at marshmallows the same way away. Hint: You will need an electric mixer for this recipe. That, or very very strong arms.

Strawberry swirl marshmallows

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups caster sugar
2 tablespoons clear, unflavoured powder gelatine
150g fresh (and very ripe) or frozen strawberries 
A few drops red food coloring (optional) 
1/2 cornflour
1/2 cup icing sugar

1. Grease a baking tray and line base and sides with baking paper.

2. Combine sugar and 2/3 cup hot water in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring, for 3 minutes or until sugar dissolves and syrup is clear.

3.  Combine gelatine and 2/3 cup cold water in a separate bowl. Pour into hot syrup. Cook, stirring until gelatine has dissolved and mixture is clear. Set aside in fridge to cool for 15 minutes.

4. Once cooled, beat sugar and gelatine mixture with electric beater on high for 6 to 10 minutes or until very thick and holds its shape.

5. Strain strawberries through a fine sieve, gently pressing on solids to extract juice then discard solids. Add strawberry juice to sugar and gelatine mixture and mix gently to combine.

6. Pour the mixture onto prepared baking tray. Drop dots of red food colouring and use a skewer to swirl food coloring into marshmallow mixture to create a marbled effect. Let marshmallow mixture stand in fridge overnight or until set. 

7. When the marshmallow mix has set, combine cornflour and icing sugar in bowl and use to dust kitchen bench or other surface. Flip the marshmallow mixture onto floured surface and then using a wet knife, cut into squares and dust with icing sugar.

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59 Responses to Strawberry marshmallows

Rebecca Ze said...

How yummy. I've never seen real strawberries in a marshmallow recipe, even though it makes sense! I'll be bookmarking this recipe for sure. Thanks!

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Victoria // Oh So Pretty said...

OMG Trishie, this looks amazing. I'm not a fan of marshmallows either, but you got me at "melt in your mouth" & strawberry... I will definitely have to try this!

caise said...

I'd love to taste them:)

Elly @ Caribbean Living said...

Mmmm, these look divine Trishie! I totally agree, marshmallows are not my bag at all, but maybe some homemade ones would do the trick. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

These look heavenly.

Amy @ Elephant Eats said...

Marshmallows have been on my list of things to try making for years...I'm not sure why I haven't gotten around to it yet. Yours came out SO beautifully!!! I can't wait to try making them just so I can see the difference from store-bought.

Pamela RG said...

Looks so yummy, Trishie. Strawberries are in season right now. This will be a fun recipe to try.

Midnight Cowgirl said...

These look delicious!

Christine ♥ CHRiiSSYDOLLXO said...

this is so cool! i've never tried making marshmallows before, it looks like alot of fun to make, and yummy too! thanks alot for sharing the recipe! :)

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Susannah said...

Wow, these would be very popular at my place! I love the pretty swirl in the pan photo too :)

Anouka K said...

I love marshmallows but rarely have the chance to eat them. Great that you can do them yourself! I would also choose strawberry if I had to add a flavour.

Kim Alston said...

yours came out so pretty! i never thought of making them myself. looks good. i love marshmallows!
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Carolyn said...

wow these look absolutely delightful!

Zara said...

I was just thinking that marshmallows would be a lovely sweet treat to have on hand.
I didn't realise how simple they were to make and I have all the ingredients too.
x

Beauty Box said...

Oh my gosh - how pretty!

Genevive said...

i cant believe marshmallow can be homemade! oh the things i learn when I visit your blog :) thanks for sharing...

greenthumb said...

Yours look great.

Tina Bradley said...

That looks so yummy! <3 T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com

burntfeather said...

I remember baking marshmallows with my Mum back in the day and being so shocked at how different it was to the store bought ones! Just goes to show that hand-cooking wins out in the end :)

Imogen said...

This is a really great idea because I feel exactly the same about marshmallows. Looks so pretty too.

little t said...

See this is where we differ... I am of the school of thought that store-bought processed marshmallows are perfectly fine so why would I need to go to all the extra effort?

Having said that, I applaud you and would (very much) like to try yours... should someone make them for me :)

aliceinbo said...

How sweety! Your baby is lucky!

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Mishelles Sleepy Time said...

I have never seen marshmellows made from scratch before :) they look amazing!

Kate Sullivan Corpuz said...

I'm a marshmallow fan as long as it's a s'more :-)

always, koru kate

Always Maylee said...

Strawberry marshmallows!? Sounds amazing!

xo, Yi-chia
Always Maylee

cquek said...

You've captured the ambiance beautifully as always.

Jessica said...

These look yummy. As a vegetarian most marshmallows I can't eat and I have to say that they are one of the few foods I miss (even though I have been a vegetarian for like 12 years). Sweet and Sara make a vegetarian marshmallow that is simply divine.

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Amy said...

I totally agree, homemade marshmallow are simply divine and the store bought ones can never compare. I love yours with those pretty swirls.

Our Neck of the Woods said...

Your marshmallows look so delicious! I have tried this one time myself and they are definitely better than the store bought version!

cleartheway said...

I have no idea how I'd make these vegan but I LOVE the way they look. Great job!

Kate from Clear the Way

Natalie G said...

Super cool idea! These look so good!!

Natalie G said...

Super cool idea! These look so good!!

Mary Jo at TrustYourStyle said...

Love making marshmallows--love how you made your marbled, just beautiful!

xo Mary Jo

Jane said...

you post about the most informative and awesome things! love this!

Natalia A said...

They look really delicious! So easy to make, too. Thank you for sharing the recipe. x

fluff and fripperies said...

You made these?! You are a genius - they look AMAZING! I am definitely gonna give these a try.

Winnie said...

What a great experiment - these look so much tastier than normal marshmallows!

iris said...

Ah, I've made wildflower honey marshmallows in the past, and they came out great. They taste even better toasted. You should try it!!

Gillian said...

They look so pretty! My mother in law made us homemade marshmallow one Christmas and, like you say, they couldn't be more different to the shop bought ones. xx

Shirley Tay said...

I've never seen marshmallows done in this way. Brilliant! Will have to try this someday :)

Sam said...

Your homemade marshmallows certainly look a million times better than anything store bought

sweetpea family said...

Yummy - I can't wait to give the recipe a try x

Anne said...

This looks absolutely amazing. I never understood the whole marshmallow thing either but that's maybe cause i'm from Holland. Love your blog!

Andrea_TheKitchenLioness said...

Your strawberry marshmellows look divine - I must admit that I am not a real fan of storebought marshmellows myself but I think you convinced me to try and make them at home - since strawberries are very sweet right now and available everywhere, I should give your recipe a try - I am curious to see how they turn out.
Hope all is well with you!
Have a lovely Sunday!

Laura Go said...

homemade marshmallows are much tastier than store bought mallows, indeed! Yours turned out nicely!

Hannapat said...

Yum, these look delicious! I will definitely give them a try, especially seeing it is strawberry season over here. Thanks for your lovely comment over at mine. Your blog looks very inspiring xo

Peach Macarons said...

looks so good! what gorgeous colours too.

Col | Hello Olive said...

Oh yum, those looks absolutely delicious!

Prisilia Felicia said...

yes-I don't like eating marshmallow alone too. and the result looks really tempting :O
I never noticed it before but you're good at photographing food!

yyam said...

Oh wow. This looks yummy! :)

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curly purplepig said...

this looks so pretty and yummy!

Makeup Monster said...

Wow this looks incredible!

Elsa de Diego said...

Delish! And it looks easy to do! I'll certainly give it a try! :)

Julie said...

These look very yummy. Thanks for visiting me! Juliex

Rustic Vintage Country said...

Wow, this recipe looks delicious! x

Erika Lee @ A Tiny Rocket said...

I have never been a huge fan of marshmallows either except when they are home made :) I think the fresh ones are the best especially in a big cup of hot cocoa :)

forgetmenots blue said...

Hello and thank you for your lovely comment. I think I may have found a recipe for my strawberries! x

knickknacksnix said...

looks yummy :D