Toasted marshmallows

Serves: 6 | 4 Hours
Toasted marshmallows
  • Vegetable oil, for brushing
  • 125ml water
  • 3 sheets of leaf gelatine
  • 340g caster sugar
  • 225g light golden syrup
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 120g icing sugar
  • 120g cornflour
  • 8 fresh raspberries

1. Brush a 30 x 20cm baking tray with vegetable oil and set aside. Put 60ml of the water in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment and add the gelatine sheets. Stir briefly with a wooden spoon to make sure all of the gelatine is in contact with water and leave it to soften while you make the syrup.

2. Heat the sugar, golden syrup, salt and remaining water in a small heavy-based saucepan over a low heat, stirring until sugar has dissolved. Then raise the heat to medium and, without stirring, bring the mixture to the boil. Continue to heat until mixture thickens.

3. Turn the mixer on to a low speed and slowly pour the hot syrup into the gelatine and water mixture, drizzling it in a thin stream down the side of the bowl. When all of the syrup has been added, increase the speed to high and beat for about 5 minutes until the mixture is very thick. Whisk in the vanilla extract until fully combined. If you don’t have access to a stand mixer, use a whisk, following the same process.

4. Mix the icing sugar and cornflour together. Dust the oiled tray with half the icing sugar and cornflour mixture, spoon in half the marshmallow mixture and scatter the raspberries over the top. Cover with the remaining mixture, smoothing the top. Leave to stand, uncovered, at room temperature for 2–3 hours, or until the surface is not sticky and you can gently pull the marshmallow away from the sides of the tray.

5. Dust a chopping board with icing sugar. Use a spatula to pull the sides of marshmallow from the edge of tray, then invert on to the chopping board. Dust the top with icing sugar and cornflour. Cut the marshmallow into cubes and coat in more icing sugar, shaking off the excess.

6. To serve, place a marshmallow on the end of a long metal skewer, then cook on the grill or over a campfire and eat as close to bubbling without singeing your lips. These will keep in the fridge, packed between layers of greaseproof paper, for up to 1 month.

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