Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Double Vanilla-Agave Marshmallows

Inspired by Shauna Sever's Pure Vanilla

Since Shauna Sever is the reigning Marshmallow Queen, in my book, I knew that I had to try her vanilla bean marshmallows. Of course, I'm anti-corn syrup, so I subbed some raw blue agave; and I still haven't located vanilla paste, so I tossed in vanilla caviar from one bean.

butter or canola oil
powdered sugar
1 C cold water, divided
3, 1/4-ounce envelopes unflavored gelatin
2 C organic raw sugar
2/3 C blue agave nectar
1 T pure vanilla extract
caviar from one vanilla pod

Prepare a 9×13 inch pan by oiling it with canola oil or butter. Dust powdered sugar over the oiled sides of the pan. Place 1/2 C of water in a large mixing bowl. Sprinkle gelatin over water and allow to soften, 5 minutes.

Place remaining water, sugar, syrups, and salt into a large saucepan. Melt all of the ingredients together, without stirring, and bring to a boil. Boil until the syrup reaches 240 F on a candy thermometer.

With the mixer on low speed, slowly pour hot syrup down the side of the bowl, being sure to avoid the whisk as it will splatter the syrup and could possibly burn you. Once all of the syrup is incorporated gradually increase mixer speed and whip on high until the mixture turns white and become very thick and stiff. Beat in vanilla extract and vanilla caviar. Beat for another two minutes. Then, spread the marshmallow into the prepared pan and with wet hands, smooth the top.

Dust liberally with powdered sugar and allow to set at room temperature for at least 4 hours or overnight, if possible. Once they are set, cut them, roll them in more powdered sugar.

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