Homemade Marshmallow Recipe

Lillet Blanc Marshmallow Recipe

I don’t know why I was compelled to make marshmallows, especially since I’m not a huge fan of them, but I like a culinary challenge. And I was tweeting with Ray Isle of Food and Wine Magazine about what to do with my bottles of Vin Jaune and vin de paille from the Jura region of France. I came across this epicurious recipe for marshmallows using Lillet Blanc, one of my absolute favorite apéritif (I like it chilled with a slice of orange). I also love to poach peaches in Lillet Blanc (recipe in Trail of Crumbs).

The epicurious reviews mention the simplicity of the recipe and the subtle flavor. It is surprisingly easy to make, as long as you conquer the stickiness of it all; tip: a lightly oiled pizza cutter or mezza luna is a great way to effortlessly cut these.

What I loved about this challenge is that it allowed me to practice using Lillet Blanc, which is more accessible this side of the Ocean than the more obscure Vins du Jura. Now that I have the confidence to make these, next up will be marshmallows with vin de paille, a sweet straw wine.

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  1. April 25, 2012 8:54 am by Donna Reply

    These look gorgeous, and so doable. They’re enough to convert anyone into a marshmallow lover! I’m thinking of elegant s’mores with fine chocolate and high-end graham crackers.

  2. April 25, 2012 8:57 am by Donna Florio Reply

    These would convert anyone into a marshmallow-lover! Lovely little pillow-y bites of sweetness.

  3. April 25, 2012 9:50 am by kim Reply

    I was thinking s’mores this summer with homemade marshmallows!

  4. April 25, 2012 10:02 am by Sally Reply

    Well, I'[m not much for marshmallows, but I love your Lillet poached peaches, so will have to give these a try!

    • April 25, 2012 10:04 am by kim Reply

      I was thinking we could try other flavors, too….like chocolate, vanilla, even Calvados!

  5. April 25, 2012 10:49 am by Chad Reply

    I have to admit, I have never been a fan of marshmallows, but WOW these were fantastic. I am looking forward to making campfire Smores with these this summer.

    • April 25, 2012 10:53 am by kim Reply

      Great idea for the campfire s’mores…Maybe we could try Calvados-spiked marshmallows next time…

  6. April 25, 2012 10:56 am by Seung Hee Reply

    Oooh – Do you think it will be just as good if I cook off the alcohol first?

    • April 25, 2012 10:58 am by kim Reply

      Well you do cook it off a bit when cooking the sugar down. There is some “uncooked” alcohol when beating it all together, but you could use vanill ainstead, possibly? Or just make them with vanilla and no alcohol. It’s a great recipe.

  7. April 25, 2012 12:34 pm by Woody Reply

    It looks like the beginnings of a Turkish Delight- the pistachio treat I sampled in Istanbul.

  8. April 25, 2012 3:00 pm by Deb Miller Reply

    Now that sounds yummy! We had a campfire in the back yard two nights ago and the kids made smores…I refuse to use Hershey’s so they were upgraded smores, but adding these marshmallows would have transformed them!
    :-) Thanks for the great recipe, you always have such great ideas Kim!
    P.S. I ate the best peach of my life today. Guess where from?? My tree..in Florida!

  9. April 25, 2012 7:05 pm by kim Reply

    Deb, you’re so sweet. The marshmallows are easy to make, and the kids would love them, too sans Lillet, of course.

    How lucky that you have sun-warmed peaches right in your own backyard.

    • April 26, 2012 6:50 pm by kim Reply

      Thanks, Charlotte…that’s a compliment coming from you. Wish you could be there with me!

  10. April 27, 2012 5:09 pm by Chad Reply

    Calvados is an option, it would probably change the taste, but I am willing to try it. That would mean that there is less Calvados to sip on though.

  11. May 1, 2012 6:48 pm by stacy z. Reply

    I always thought marshmallows came from a bag at the supermarket and I never liked them. Then I worked with the late Heather Ho and she made her own, who knew……hers were awesome. Alas no one I know makes them and I’m too lazy :(

    • May 3, 2012 9:55 am by kim Reply

      I never really liked them either until I tried homemade and this recipe actually is pretty easy…I hope you give it a try.

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