Cava Marshmallows

Freixenet bottle with hot chocolate photo
3 packages unflavored gelatin
1 c chilled Freixenet Brut Cava
12 oz granulated sugar, approximately 1½ c
1 c light corn syrup
¼ tsp kosher salt
½ tsp vanilla extract
¼ c confectioners’ sugar
¼ c cornstarch
Nonstick spray

Place gelatin and 1 c of Cava into standing mixer.

In a small saucepan, combine the remaining Cava, granulated sugar, corn syrup and salt. Place over medium high heat, cover and cook for 3 to 4 mins.

Uncover, clip a candy thermometer onto the side of the pan and continue to cook until the mixture reaches 240º F (approximately 7 to 8 mins). Remove once heated.Turn the mixer on low speed and, while running, slowly pour the sugar syrup down the side of the bowl into the gelatin mixture. Once you have added all of the syrup, increase the speed to high. Continue to whip until the mixture becomes very thick and is lukewarm, approximately 12 to 15 mins. Add vanilla during the last minute of whipping. While the mixture is whipping prepare the pans as follows:

Combine the confectioners’ sugar and cornstarch in a small bowl. Lightly spray a 13 by 9-in metal baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. Add the sugar and cornstarch mixture and move around to completely coat the bottom and sides of the pan. Return the remaining mixture to the bowl for later use.
When ready, pour the mixture into the prepared pan, using a lightly oiled spatula for spreading evenly into the pan. Dust the top with enough of the remaining sugar and cornstarch mixture to lightly cover. Reserve the rest for later. Allow the marshmallows to sit uncovered for at least 4 hours or overnight.

Place the marshmallows onto a cutting board and cut into 1-inch squares using a pizza wheel dusted with the confectioners’ sugar mixture. Once cut, lightly dust all sides of each marshmallow with the remaining mixture, using additional if necessary. Add to your favorite hot chocolate recipe and enjoy!

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