Original Marshmallows

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READY IN: 45mins
YIELD: 15 pieces
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
  • 4
    tablespoons marshmallows, roots
  • 28
    tablespoons refined sugar
  • 20
    tablespoons gum tragacanth (or gum arabic)
  • 2
    cups water (Water of orange flowers for aroma or instead of plain water)
  • 1 -2
    egg white, well beaten
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DIRECTIONS

  • Make sure the mallow roots aren't moldy or too woody. Marshmallow gives off almost twice its own weight of mucilaginous gel when placed in water.
  • Make a tea of marshmallow roots by simmering in a pint of water for twenty to thirty minutes. Add additional water if it simmers down. Strain out the roots.
  • Heat the gum and marshmallow decoction (water) in a double boiler until they are dissolved together. Strain with pressure.
  • Stir in the sugar as quickly as possible. When dissolved, add the well beaten egg whites, stirring constantly, but take off the fire and continue to stir. Lay out on a flat surface. Let cool, and cut into smaller pieces.
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