I knew I wanted to make homemade marshmallows to take on our Memorial Weekend Camping Trip as a part of our Nutella S’mores. Then, as I was in the early stages of making them, I decided that orange-flavored marshmallows sounded just divine – chocolate, graham crackers, hazelnut, and Orange Cream Marshmallows. Yes. A new recipe was born. And because marshmallows can seem a little intimidating and involved, I decided to make this a step-by-step photo tutorial.
First, you boil water, corn syrup, sugar, and salt (to about 240 degrees). Meanwhile, you pour unflavored gelatin and cold water into the bowl of your stand mixer with the whisk attachment.
With the mixer on low speed, pour the sugar syrup into the gelatin mixture. Increase the speed to high and whip for 12-15 minutes.
During this stage, there will be a lot of steam wafting from your mixing bowl. Your Kitchenaid will receive a nice steam facial. I stood by with a clean kitchen towel and wiped down my mixer and she looked shiny and new.
You can also use the whipping time to zest and juice your orange. Or if you’re just making plain classic vanilla marshmallows, you can skip this step. You also need to grease and dust a 9×13 pan with a mixture of powdered sugar and cornstarch. You have time for all of these steps while mixing.
In the last minute of mixing, add your vanilla, orange zest, and freshly-squeezed orange juice. Your mixture will look shiny and pretty like this and will feel lukewarm.
Pour your mixture into your prepared pan with the help of a sturdy rubber spatula. Work quickly as the cooler it gets, the more difficult it becomes to work with.
This part can be a little messy, but oh so fun.
You want your pan to look something like this.
Then, you want to dust the top of your marshmallows with more of that powdered sugar and cornstarch mixture, using a sifter or fine mesh sieve. This ensures that your marshmallows are dusted on all sides, which makes them less sticky and easier to work with later. Let them rest and set up in a cool place 2-4 hours.
Dust your work surface with powdered sugar/cornstarch (and have more standing by). Dust a pizza wheel. Turn your marshmallow out onto the work surface in one large rectangle. Using the pizza wheel, cut the marshmallows into desired size squares. Dust the sticky edges with more of the powdered sugar/cornstarch mixture. Store marshmallows in a plastic zipper bag or a sealed container to keep fresh.
Consume happily, make some s’mores or hot chocolate, and share with friends. They will be the fluffiest, yummiest marshmallows you’ve ever tasted.