Homemade Rosewater Marshmallows

We used to make marshmallows at home when we were very young. I’m not sure which recipe we used, but I’m almost sure it was whisked egg whites & gelatine – a cheat’s way of making real marshmallows. I’ve seen many different recipes on how to make beautifully fluffy marshmallows, most of them stating that you need a sugar thermometre and lots of patience. But the’re another way of making marshmallows: an easier way. All you need is a stand mixer with whisk attachment (well, an electrical hand whisk will also do) and your stove top.
I love to flavour my marshmallows with a touch of rosewater – not too much, because it can so easily become overpowering. A dash of vanilla extract is also a winner as an alternative, or add whichever flavouring essence you prefer. These are fabulous for kids parties, but I have to say I can certainly also serve these at a beautiful tea party. Don’t dust them too long in advance, as the powdered sugar (icing sugar) will start to melt after a few hours in an airtight container. Rather cut them in blocks just before you want to enjoy them, then toss with icing sugar and serve. Once you’ve made these, you’ll marvel at the absolute lightness of the texture. They are little pieces of heaven on your tongue. Enjoy!

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  • 125 ml (1/2 cup) water
  • 30 ml powdered gelatin
  • 185 ml (3/4 cup) water
  • 500 g caster sugar (superfine)
  • a few drops red food colouring (or the colour of your choice)
  • 2.5 ml rosewater (or 5 ml vanilla extract or the essence/flavour of your choice)


  1. Spray a large rectangular dish with non-stick cooking spray (mine is 25 x 35 cm) – or use 2 medium sized dishes.

  2. Mix 125 ml water and the gelatin in a cup, then leave to sponge for 5-10 minutes.

  3. In a small sauce pan, heat 185 ml water to boiling point, then add the sponged gelatin and stir over low heat until the gelatin has dissolved completely. Remove from the heat.

  4. In the bowl of your stand mixer, add the caster sugar. Now add the warm gelatin mixture from the stove all at once. Whisk on high speed for 7 minutes, then add your colouring and rosewater or extract and whisk for another 1 minute. The mixture should be very thick and glossy.

  5. Working quickly, transfer the mixture with a spatula into the rectangular prepared dish, then use a spatula to edge it into the corners and to smooth the top. The mixture should be about 3cm deep. Cover with clingfilm and let it set on your counter for 1 hour.

  6. When ready to serve, use a sharp knife to cut into blocks, then carefully remove the blocks and toss in powdered confectioner’s sugar on all sides (icing sugar).

Cook’s Note: 

When storing these marshmallows, the outside dusting of icing sugar will start to melt after a few hours. Don’t be alarmed, they’ll still be very much edible and very tasty!

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