Guide To Prepare Marshmallow Recipe Vegan Easy

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There’s something undeniably delightful about marshmallows. They conjure up images of childhood campfires, gooey s’mores, and mugs of steaming hot chocolate. But for those following a vegan lifestyle, these fluffy treats often seem off-limits. Fear not, fellow marshmallow enthusiasts! This recipe creates delicious vegan marshmallows that are every bit as fun and flavorful as their traditional counterparts.

Why Go Vegan Marshmallow?

Vegan Marshmallows
Vegan Marshmallows

While the classic marshmallow recipe relies on gelatin, a protein derived from animal collagen, this vegan version uses a plant-based alternative: agar agar. Agar agar is a natural gelling agent extracted from red algae and provides a similar texture to gelatin without any animal products. This makes these marshmallows perfect for vegans, vegetarians, and anyone with dietary restrictions that exclude gelatin.

Beyond the ethical and dietary benefits, vegan marshmallows offer a fun twist on a classic treat. They can be enjoyed in all the same ways as traditional marshmallows – toasted, melted in hot chocolate, or incorporated into delectable desserts.

The Ingredients You’ll Need:

1 cup (200 g) granulated sugar

  • 1/2 cup (100 g) powdered sugar
  • 1 cup (240 ml) water
  • 1 tablespoon + 2 teaspoons (15 ml) agar agar powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract (optional)
  • Powdered sugar for dusting (optional)
  • Cornstarch, for dusting the baking pan (optional)

  • Kitchen Tools:

    Medium saucepan

  • Candy thermometer (optional)
  • Whisk
  • Electric mixer (handheld or stand mixer)
  • 8×8 inch baking pan
  • Parchment paper
  • Sifter (optional)

  • Step-by-Step Instructions:

    1. Prepare the Pan: Lightly grease an 8×8 inch baking pan with a neutral oil, or line it with parchment paper cut to size. If using parchment paper, lightly grease the sides of the pan as well. Dust the bottom of the pan with cornstarch, shaking out any excess. This will help prevent sticking.

    2. Bloom the Agar Agar: In a small bowl, whisk together the agar agar powder with 1/4 cup (60 ml) of the water. Set this mixture aside for 5 minutes to bloom. Blooming allows the agar agar to fully hydrate and activate its gelling properties.

    3. Combine Sugar and Water: In a medium saucepan, combine the granulated sugar, remaining 3/4 cup (180 ml) of water, and salt. Heat the mixture over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the sugar dissolves completely.

    4. Bring to a Boil: Once the sugar has dissolved, increase the heat to medium-high and bring the mixture to a boil. If using a candy thermometer, aim for a temperature of 240°F (115°C).

    5. Whisk in Agar Agar: Once the sugar mixture reaches a boil, carefully whisk in the bloomed agar agar mixture. Continue whisking constantly for about 1 minute, ensuring the agar agar is fully incorporated.

    6. Cook and Thicken: Reduce the heat to medium and continue cooking the sugar mixture for 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally. The mixture will become thicker and syrupy.

    7. Transfer to Mixer Bowl: Carefully transfer the hot sugar mixture to the bowl of your electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Be cautious, as the mixture will be very hot.

    8. Whip Until Thick and Fluffy: Begin whipping the hot sugar mixture on medium-high speed. Continue whipping for 10-12 minutes, or until the mixture becomes very thick, opaque, and has tripled in volume. This whipping process incorporates air into the mixture, creating the light and fluffy marshmallow texture.

    9. Flavor it Up: Once the mixture is thick and fluffy, reduce the mixer speed to low and add the vanilla extract and almond extract (if using). Mix for a few seconds to combine.

    10. Pour into Pan: Quickly pour the whipped marshmallow mixture into the prepared baking pan. Use a spatula to spread the mixture evenly into the pan.

    11. Set and Cool: Let the marshmallow mixture sit at room temperature for at least 4 hours, or overnight, to set completely.

    12. Dust and Cut: Once set, generously dust the top of the marshmallows with powdered sugar. Use a knife dusted with powdered sugar to cut the marshmallows into squares. You can also use cookie cutters for fun shapes!