Friday, April 9, 2010

Fondant Recipe

This book has 150 different fun character designs and step-by-step guide & easy to follow charts to make your special character for your special occasion cake. I was hoping to make something out of it today, Fondant works just like play-dough so I was thinking of sitting with my daughter while she does play dough and I will try my attempt at some designs with fondant.
here is a great recipe for do- it- yourself fondant.

this will make a large batch-- you can cut the amount in half for a smaller batch.
you will need:
1 package (16 ounces) white mini marshmallows (use a good quality brand)
2-5 tablespoons water
2 pounds (about 8 cups) sifted confectioners' sugar
1/2 cup solid vegetable shortening
1. place marshmallows and 2 tablespoons of water in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave 30 seconds on high; stir until mixed well. Continue microwaving 30 seconds more; stir again. Continue until melted (about 2 1/2 minutes).
2. Place 3/4 of the confectioners' sugar on top of the melted marshmallow mixture. Fold sugar into marshmallow mixture. Flavoring can be added at this point if desired.
3. Place solid vegetable shortening in easily accessed bowl so you can reach into it with fingers as you are working.
4. Grease your hands and counter & put the marshmallow mixture onto counter. Start kneading like you would dough. Continue kneading, adding additional icing sugar and re-greasing hands and counter so the fondant doesn't stick.
If the marshmallow fondant is tearing easily, it is too dry; add water (about 1/2 tablespoon at a time) kneading until fondant forms a firm, smooth elastic ball that will stretch without tearing, about 8 minutes.

It's best to allow Marshmallow Fondant to sit, double-wrapped, overnight. Prepare the fondant for storing by coating with a thin layer of solid vegetable shortening, wrap in plastic wrap and then place in resealable bag. Squeeze out as much air as possible. When not working with fondant, make sure to keep it covered with plastic wrap or in a bag because it will dry out very quickly. When ready to use, knead fondant until smooth. Roll out fondant 1/8 in. thick.
good luck!

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