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Marshmallows Confectioner's sugar and cornstarch2 cups sugar2 tbsp. light corn syrup1 cup cold water, divided4 tbsp. (5 envelopes) unflavored gelatin2 egg whitesPinch of salt1 tbsp. clear vanilla extractButter an 8x8 pan, then dust generously with confectioner's sugar. Gently tap off the excess. In a medium pot, combine the sugar, corn syrup and 1/2 cup water. Boil to approximately 260 degrees, then remove from heat. While sugar boils, combine gelatin and 1/2 cup water in a small saucepan. Allow to bloom for 2 minutes, then heat and stir over low to liquify. When sugar syrup reaches approximately 260 degrees, add gelatin mixture and stir briskly. It bubbles up like crazy. You've been warned. Meanwhile, beat egg whites and salt to soft peaks. While beating, pour sugar syrup slowly into egg whites. Beat for a minute, then add vanilla and continue beating for 6-7 minutes. It will nearly double in size and you'll see the marshmallow mixture form strings on the side of the bowl. Pour into prepared pan, smooth the top, and let it sit for at least two hours uncovered. Cut in squares (or whatever shape), toss in a half-and-half mixture of confectioner's sugar and cornstarch, and store in an airtight container.
should also add - I don't recommend trying this with a hand mixer. It would probably work with a high-quality hand mixer, but it would be a lot more difficult to juggle all the different pots and mixing and beating and blah blah blah. A stand mixer would be much easier.
and I promise I didn't steal this from Smitten Kitchen.. I've had this planned for weeks.. haha. :)