Every Week, Yahoo Food spotlights a cookbook that stands out from all the rest. This week’s cookbook is Cooking Light’s Incredibly Decadent Desserts: Over 100 Divine Treats with 300 Calories or Less by Deb Wise (Oxmoor House), a recipe developer and tester for Cooking Light magazine. Read more about Yahoo Food’s Cookbook of the Week here.
Photograph by Stephen Devries
Serves 26 (serving size: 3 marshmallows)
Hands-on: 50 minutes Total: 2 hours 50 minutes
As is so true with many homemade goodies, once you experience an honest-to-goodness homemade marshmallow, store-bought will never pass your lips again.
1 cup water, divided
3 (¼-ounce) packages unflavored gelatin
1 ½ cups granulated sugar
1 cup light-colored corn syrup
Dash of salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ cup sifted unsweetened cocoa
1/3 cup powdered sugar
1/3 cup cornstarch
2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa
2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
Pour ½ cup water into a microwave-safe bowl; sprinkle gelatin on top.
Combine ½ cup water, sugar, corn syrup, and salt in a medium, heavy saucepan over medium-high heat; bring to a boil, stirring frequently. Cook, without stirring, until a candy thermometer registers 250°F. Pour sugar mixture into the bowl of a stand mixer; let stand until thermometer registers 210°F (about 15 minutes).
Microwave gelatin mixture at HIGH 20 seconds or until gelatin melts, stirring after 10 seconds. With mixer at low speed, beat sugar mixture using whip attachment; gradually pour gelatin mixture in a thin stream into sugar mixture. Beat in vanilla. Increase speed to high; whip mixture until light and fluffy (about 5 minutes). Reduce mixer to low speed, and gradually add ¼ cup cocoa; beat until well combined. Using a spatula coated with cooking spray, scrape mixture into an 11 x 7–inch glass or ceramic baking dish coated with cooking spray; smooth top. Let stand at room temperature 2 hours.
Sift together powdered sugar, cornstarch, and 2 teaspoons cocoa into a jelly-roll pan. Using an offset spatula coated with cooking spray, remove marshmallow from pan; place in powdered sugar mixture. Using scissors well coated with powdered sugar mixture, cut marshmallows into 78 (1-inch) squares. Dust marshmallows with powdered sugar mixture; shake to remove excess mixture.
Arrange marshmallows on a wire rack placed on parchment paper. Place bittersweet chocolate in a small microwave-safe bowl; microwave at HIGH 30 seconds or until chocolate melts, stirring after 15 seconds. Drizzle chocolate over marshmallows; let stand until chocolate sets.
Calories 113; Fat 1.2g (sat 0.6g, mono 0.1g, polu 0g); Protein 1g; Carbohydrates 27g; Fiber 0g; Cholesterol 0mg; Sodium 16mg; Calcium 4mg
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