Make your own gourmet marshmallows using organic gelatin, local honey and purchased or homegrown pumpkin. Gourmet marshmallows are an easy dessert to whip up, though they look as if you labored over them for hours. In ten simple steps you’ll have this pumpkin spiced treat for the holidays!
Gourmet Marshmallows for Fall
Its the time of year to have cooked pumpkin in your fridge or canned pumpkin on your shelves. Here is a delightful thing to do with America’s favorite squash, and different ways to dress it up.
This recipe for gourmet marshmallows is such a favorite of ours that we put it into our book, The Do It Yourself Homestead. There are a lot of other kitchen DIYs, plus information on a myriad of homesteading topics. From tips to goal setting to down-to-earth information, there’s bound to be something that will interest you in its 400 pages and four different levels of homesteading experience! For a free sample from our Homestead Kitchen chapter, just email me at Tessa@Homesteadlady.com. To learn more about the book, check it out below:
Pumpkin Spice Marshmallows
These homemade gourmet marshmallows are Paleo compliant being made with organic beef gelatin and local honey.
- 1 cup pumpkin puree canned or fresh
- 1/2 cup cold water
- 1/2 cup organic beef gelatin
- 1/2 cup cold water
- 2 cups local honey
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1 1/2 tsps. cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp cardamom
- Prepare a 9 x 11 casserole dish by inserting a large enough piece of parchment paper to go up all the sides. The parchment paper won't lie until the marshmallow is weighing it down but once they're dry, the paper will just peel off the marshmallows.
- Then the bloom: Put the gelatin and first 1/2 cup of water in the bottom of your stand mixer bowl (or any bowl). Slightly stir it to make sure all the gelatin is submerged in the water. This will cause the gelatin to "bloom" (or poof up a bit).
- Mix it up: Once gelatin has completely soaked into the water and has bloomed, add the pumpkin and mix thoroughly in a bowl.
- Heat the honey, 2nd water and salt in a medium saucepan on medium heat until boiling.
- Gently boil honey while constantly stirring, until the candy thermometer reaches 225F/107C degrees. The honey should bubble, froth and turn a deeper caramel color. Do NOT let it burn.
- Once temperature is reached, immediately remove from heat and slowly stir honey mixture into pumpkin mixture. Turn your mixer on low/medium (use the whisk attachment) and drizzle the honey down the inside of the bowl and at a slow, steady rate.
- Mix to incorporate, stopping to scrape down sides a few times.
- Once honey and pumpkin are mixed, put the collar on your mixing bowl (if you have one) and/or place a towel over the top of the bowl to prevent splashes.
- Turn the mixer to high and watch for it to magically transform from slope into marshmallow cream. This can take anywhere from 8-20 minutes. It will lighten in color and eventually thicken.
- Spoon the marshmallow cream into your prepared dish with a greased scraper. For softer marshmallows, let them set up for 4-6 hours. For dryer marshmallows, let them set up for 8-24 hours.
- When ready to serve, cut with a greased or powder sugared pizza cutter.
- Roll each marshmallow in a mixture of equal parts cornstarch and powdered sugar. Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator for up to a week.
Do not neglect to cover your mixing bowl when whipping the marshmallow mixture. Believe me, you do NOT want to scrape marshmallow goo from off your fridge. Or off your toddler.
Because of the pumpkin these marshmallows will be more damp than store bought. They'll also be tastier and healthier!
Use a greased pizza cutter for streamlined sizing OR you can use greased cookie cutters.
Dust your marshmallows in powdered sugar. Other ideas include cinnamon, cocoa, coconut flour or roll them in chocolate chips, chopped nuts, cookie crumbs. Anything tasty that will hold still long enough will be suitable.
A Few More Gourmet Marshmallows Tips
For more information on making healthier marshmallows, please visit our post on the subject here. This will be especially helpful if you’ve never tried homemade marshmallows.
If you’d rather make up your own pumpkin spice so that you have it on hand, you can substitute that for the spices in this recipe. Florentissimae has a great DIY pumpkin spice blend here.
Grow Your Own Pumpkins
If you truly want to be hip with your gourmet marshmallows, learn how to grow you own pumpkins! Here are a few gems of advice on growing pumpkins from Schneider Peeps. Here, too, is her great garden resource The Garden Notebook; check it out below:
If you’re learning how to harvest, store and use pumpkins, I can recommend this article from Homespun Seasonal Living.
One of my favorite pumpkin articles is this one by Finding Our Green Life with 13 ways to use up pumpkins after Halloween is done. There are lots of recipes link below after the marshmallow one, but this upcycled pumpkin post will jump start your brain. Bottom line, you don’t need to waste even one part of your precious pumpkins after you’ve made these pumpkin marshmallows!
Other Pumpkin Recipes
Read this article to learn how to:
- Dehydrate pumpkin slices
- Make pumpkin powder
- Use pumpkin powder to make a pumpkin pie
- For other pumpkin treats, try this Perfect Spiced Pumpkin Bread from Nitty Gritty Mama.
- If you have leftover pumpkin, try these Grain-Free Pumpkin Muffins from Small Footprint Family.
- Reclaiming vitality has a great Buckwheat Sourdough Pumpkin Bread recipe, if you need something gluten free.
- If you STILL have leftover pumpkin, try this Pumpkin Soap Recipe from Nerdy Farm Wife.
Remember to email me for a free sample of The Homestead Kitchen chapter from The Do It Yourself Homestead. We hope the book will be of use to you, but don’t just take our word for it. Here’s what homesteader and chef Stacy Lynn Harris has to say about the book: