Chocolate-Dipped Homemade Marshmallows
Candy thermometer Assorted 1-3/4- to 2-inch straight-sided cookie cutters Offset Spatula (optional)
Don't throw away the leftover pieces of marshmallow. Cut the trimmings into bite-size pieces and coat with powdered sugar, then store in an airtight container. They're perfect to serve in hot cocoa or on top of chocolate pancakes!
Buy a product that is only egg whites. If you can't find refrigerated egg white product, you can use 2 regular eggs and pasteurize the whites: In a small saucepan stir together 2 egg whites, 2 tablespoons granulated sugar, 1 teaspoon water, and 1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar just until combined but not foamy. Cook and stir over low heat until mixture registers 160°F on an instant-read thermometer. You may see a few pieces of cooked egg white in the mixture. Remove from heat and place saucepan in a large bowl half-filled with ice water. Stir for 2 minutes to cool mixture quickly.