of all the marshmallow recipes i've tried, i like this one best. fairly foolproof (except at high altitudes), it doesn't contain egg whites (which tend to weep), there is no need for a candy thermometer and after all, the recipe comes from one of my all time "one day" restaurants to try... the french laundry.
french laundry marshmallows
3 envelopes knox gelatin
1/2 cup cold water
2 cups granulated sugar
2/3 cup corn syrup
1/4 cup water
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon vanilla
confectioners sugar for dredging
in the bowl of an electric mixer, sprinkle gelatin over 1/2 cup water. soak for 10 minutes.
combine sugar, corn syrup, and 1/4 cup water in a small saucepan.
bring to a boil and boil hard for 1 minute.pour boiling syrup into gelatin and mix at high speed. add the salt and beat for 12 minutes. add vanilla and incorporate into mixture.
scrape into a 9x9-inch pan lined with oiled plastic wrap and spread evenly. let sit for a few hours. remove from pan and dredge the marshmallow slab in confectioners sugar and cut into squares with scissors or a chefs knife. dredge each piece of marshmallow in the confectioners sugar.