Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Passion Fruit Marshmallows

Just like I did with Smitten Kitchen's caramels, I wanted to try to make her marshmallows with my own personal favorite flavor:  passion fruit!  It turned out to be incredibly easy; I just substituted the 1/2 cup of water that you dissolve the gelatin in with a 1/2 cup of passion fruit puree!

Passion fruit marshmallows
 
Passion Fruit Marshmallows
Makes about 96 1-inch cubed marshmallows

About 1 cup confectioners sugar
3 1/2 envelopes (2 tablespoons plus 2 1/2 teaspoons) unflavored gelatin
1/2 cup passion fruit puree, thawed but cold
1/2 cup cold water
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 large egg whites, at room temperature
Yellow gel food coloring (optional)

Dusting the pan
 
Oil bottom and sides of a 13- by 9- by 2-inch rectangular metal baking pan and dust bottom and sides with some confectioners sugar.

Dissolving the gelatin
 
In bowl of a standing electric mixer sprinkle gelatin over 1/2 cup cold passion fruit puree and let stand to soften.

Mixing the gelatin and passion fruit puree
 
If all the gelatin does not dissolve, gently combine with a spoon so that none of the gelatin powder is left dry.

Adding the boiled sugar
 
In a 3-quart heavy saucepan cook granulated sugar, corn syrup, 1/2 cup of cold water, and salt over low heat, stirring with a wooden spoon, until sugar is dissolved. Increase heat to moderate and boil mixture, without stirring, until a candy or digital thermometer registers 240°F, about 12 minutes. Remove pan from heat and pour sugar mixture over gelatin mixture, stirring until gelatin is dissolved.

Marshmallow fluff
 
With standing mixer beat mixture on high speed until white, thick, and nearly tripled in volume, about six minutes.

Stiff egg whites

In separate medium bowl with cleaned beaters beat egg whites until they just hold stiff peaks.

A drop of yellow
 
Beat whites into sugar mixture until just combined.  At this point, if you would like to color your marshmallows, you can add a few drops of yellow food coloring.  This also helps let you know when the egg whites have been fully combined in the mixture.  (I only added 1 drop, and you can barely tell in these pictures that the marshmallows aren't white.)

Pouring into the pan
 
Pour mixture into baking pan.  This is probably the trickiest part of the whole operation.

Sticky business
 
Try to smooth out the marshmallow fluff as best you can.  I take it back; this is the trickiest part.  It's okay if you don't get it perfectly smooth because then it's super obvious that it's homemade!

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Sift 1/4 cup confectioners sugar evenly over top.

Powdered
 
Chill marshmallow, uncovered, until firm, at least three hours, and up to one day.

Cutting the marshmallows
 
Run a thin knife around edges of pan and invert pan onto a large cutting board. Lifting up one corner of inverted pan, with fingers loosen marshmallow and ease onto cutting board. With a large knife cut marshmallow into roughly one-inch cubes.

Coating the marshmallows
 
Sift remaining confectioners’ sugar back into your now-empty baking pan, and working in batches, roll the marshmallows through it, on all six sides, before shaking off the excess and packing them away.

Passion fruit marshmallows

Marshmallows keep in an airtight container at cool room temperature 1 week.

Passion fruit marshmallows
 
These marshmallows were all that I hoped they would be:  soft and bouncy and tart and sweet.  They taste like pure sunshine to me.  If I had an experience with a Dementor, I'd eat one of these afterwards, and it would make me feel better than chocolate could.  ^_^

Next:  Potato Dominoes
Previously:  Vanilla Cinnamon Marshmallows
Three years ago:  Lemon Pudding Cake

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