Unfortunately, he's on a business trip this week, so I made a half batch by myself from my favorite book, Chocolates & Confections.
And in doing a search I see they have an At Home version!!! Wow. If only they had this when I started trying to make candy in 2008. Oh well, the harder path only makes you stronger... right?
Stacey's Half Batch Vanilla Marshmallow Ingredients:
0.8 oz gelatin (powdered)
4 oz water (for hydration)
12 oz sugar, organic
6 oz glucose syrup
2 oz local honey
2 oz invert sugar
3 oz water
2 tsp vanilla bean paste
9"x9" cake pan
Canola oil, organic
1:1 ratio powdered sugar to cornstarch
I've found that sprinkling the gelatin on top of the water with a spoon works best for avoiding clumps and allowing it to bloom.
In another pot, I put in the rest of the ingredients, minus the vanilla bean paste.
I heated over medium flame and put in a candy thermometer.
Then I turned the heat off when the thermometer reached about 251.5F and continued stirring. It reached 252F shortly afterward. Candy continues to heat a bit after the flame is turned off.
I poured the liquid into my standing mixer bowl.
While waiting for the mixture to get fluffy (recipe calls for 8 minutes, but since it's a half batch and a different mixer, I just try to watch it and see when it looks fluffy enough), I cut some parchment to fit a 9"x9" cake pan and poured about 1.5 tsp of the oil on the paper and brushed it around with a pastry brush. Then I oiled a silicone mat in the same fashion.
Once the marshmallow mixture turned white, I poured in the vanilla bean paste and let it continue to whip until the correct fluffiness.
It leaves a big mess, but it's easy cleanup because it's water soluble.
Just soak in some warm water.
Then I waited a few hours before I started cutting it up. I peeled back the silicone mat and using the parchment paper as handles, took the marshmallow slab out and placed the paper on a cutting board.
After being rolled, I put the marshmallows in a colander to shake off the extra powder.
Also, coated in white chocolate...