Combine Gel and 1/2 C. COLD water in the bowl of a mixer with a whisk
attachment. Let stand for 1/2 hour.
2. Mix the
sugar, corn syrup, salt, and 1/2 C. water in a saucepan. Stir it
over low heat until the sugar is dissolved and a syrup has formed.
3. Cook it
until firmball stage (244 degrees Fahrenheit on a candy thermometer.)
Remove pan from heat, and slowly and carefully pour the syrup into
the gelatin/water mixture in your mixer. Beat the mixture at high
speed until thick, white, and tripled in size, approximately 15
minutes. (If you stop before this time, you will have marshmallow
creme which you can store in a jar and use like the commercial stuff.)
Add the vanilla and beat just long enough to incorporate it.
4. Dust an
8" x 12" glass baking pan with cornstarch. Pour mixture
into pan, and dust the top with more cornstarch. Wet your hands
and pat the mixture to smooth out the top. Dust again.
5. Let stand
overnight to dry out, uncovered. Next morning turn the"marshmallow
cake" out onto a board, and cut in into small pieces with a
dry, HOT knife. Dust again. Makes about 45 marshmallows.