Picture - My new marshmallow technique applied for Gin & Tonic Marshmallows (a dish which will be in my next book)
Probably once a month I get an email asking me for a good vegetarian marshmallow recipe and I have now finally gotten around to creating one. In fact in the end it turned out the way to make the best marshmallow possible was actually to make a vegan recipe - there are two big advantages to this -
1) Everyone can eat these (they are Vegetarian & Vegan, Gluten Free etc)
2) This technique for making marshmallows allows you to add flavours, alcohol etc into the marshmallow mixture itself (in fact I just finished a recipe for Gin and Tonic Marshmallows based on this technique).
So not only are these marshmallows vegan but they can be flavoured in ways that traditional marshmallows can not (including adding alcohol into the mixture).
The texture and taste of these marshmallows is genuinely identical to traditionally made marshmallows, in fact they can even be toasted like traditional marshmallows!
These marshmallows can be toasted just like traditional marshmallows!
While the technique may appear to be a little complex if you are not familiar with some of the ingredients, it is worth the effort as it gives you incredible results. If you read the recipe well beforehand, measure out all your ingredients, and work in an organised way this recipes should be achievable for everyone.
The modern ingredients used in this recipe are available from - www.Modernist-Chef.com
Other vegetarian marshmallow recipes often over simplify and call for agar, a gelling agent which is great for some things but does not set with the correct texture for making soft marshmallows. So here I use a combination of Kappa Carageenan and Locus Bean Gum, which when used in synergy create a gel with the same texture as a gelatine gel. This is perfect for texture we want in marshmallows.
Then in the place of egg whites this recipe uses Methylcellulose, which is a modern ingredient derived from plant cells that acts as a whipping agent - allowing us to whip the marshmallow base into a very stable foam (even more stable than egg whites would be). And using methylcellulose also means flavourful liquids can be whipped into the marshmallow base, opening up a huge range of potential creative flavour possibilities.
Its also possible to add freeze dried fruit, nuts, spices etc to the marshmallow base once it has been whipped, so it’s really easy to make some interesting, exciting, flavoured marshmallows.
Strawberry Marshmallows with crushed freeze died strawberry folded through the marshmallow base
My Basic Modernist Marshmallow Recipe
This can be adapted for a range of flavours
Before you try making this recipe read it though well and measure out all your ingredients. The hydrated methycellulose slurry can be made well in advance and stored in the fridge or even frozen indefinitely (see the end of this post for detail on how to prepare the hydrated methylcellulose).
I Hope you enjoy the recipe
Before you begin lightly grease a small baking dish then dust it with 50/50 mixture of icing sugar and cornflour. Then set this dish to one side
50g Hydrated Methylcellulose Slurry (See the bottom of this post)
100g Caster Sugar
60g Water (or flavourful liquid)
1g Xanthan Gum
2g Vanilla Essence (approximately a teaspoon)
0.2g Rose Water (a drop)
Combine all the above ingredients except the sugar in a bowl and begin whipping them (ideally in a a stand mixer).
Slowly add the sugar into this this mixture whilst whipping.
Continue to whip until the mixture forms stiff peaks (like an egg white meringue)
Combine the sugar and water in a pan and slowly heat until the mixture reaches 125°C.
3.5g Kappa Carageenan
2.2g Locus Bean Gum (or 4.5g Biozoon Brand Locuzoon)
Once the temperature reached syrup has hit 125°C slowly whisk in the the 150g Water (being careful as the mixture may spit and bubble).
Then adding a bit at a time whisk the Kappa Carageenan and Locus Bean Gum into the hot syrup.
Stir this mixture well for approximately two minutes (the mixture will be consistency of a thick syrup).
Now for the next stage you need to work quickly.
Gently but swiftly pour the hot syrup mixture into the whipped marshmallow base whilst whisking the marshmallow base.
Then as soon as the syrup mixture is mixed into the marshmallow base pour the whole mixture out into the prepared, dusted baking dish, smoothing out the top of the mixture if necessary (working quickly is important here)
Now chill the tray of marshmallow in the fridge for at least an hour.
Then carefully slice the marshmallows to the desired size and coat them well with a 50/50 mixture of icing sugar and cornflour.
The marshmallows should keep well for a couple of days.
I hope you enjoy the recipe and it helps people to make some creative dishes of their own.
Methylcellulose Preparation -
Top prepare the hydrated methyllcellulose slurry you will need Methylcellulose f50 or the Texturas Brand ‘Methil’.
Available from www.Modernist-Chef.com
Boil the water in the kettle then measure out 200ml of just boiled water.
Now blend the Methylcellulose into the hot water with a stick blender.
Next begin to cool this mixture over an ice bath while stirring intermittently until it is cool.
Allow this mix to sit for a couple of hours for the methyl cellulose to fully hydrate.
You can prepare this mixture in batches then keep it stored in the freeze indefinitely to defrost and use as needed.