Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Quick and Easy Marshmallow Fondant!

Fondant is the most TIME CONSUMING things to do when making a cake....
Which is why, if I decide to use it, I make it a few days in advance.
I'm going to show you how to make Marshmallow Fondant.. (It's SO much tastier than the boxed stuff, and a LOT easier)
Here I have all my ingredients laid out..
You'll want the following:

  • A bag of mini marshmallows

  • A 2 lb bag of powder sugar

  • A cup or so of Crisco (or vegetable shortening)

  • A big arse bowl lol

  • and about 2 tsp water

***NOTE-- when buying ingredients, make sure to buy the higher quality ingredients.. You DO NOT want to skimp... otherwise you'll end up with some crappy fondant that feels like sandy, gritty, dough... NOT pretty on a cake :)
Dump the marshmallows in a big bowl... and drop in about a tsp or 2 of water
Grease your counters extremely well.. this is where you'll dump your hot, sticky, marshmallow mixture in a few minutes.. and this will save you more mess.
Stick the bowl in the microwave and heat in 30 second intervals... opening and stirring after each one. (usually takes about 2 1/2 mins)
Once you're marshmallows look like this <---
(**The easiest way to color your fondant would be to add your coloring paste at this stage and blend it into the melted marshmallow, THEN add the sugar **)

It's time to pour in the powder sugar... add a little at a time until you've put in the whole bag.
Stir stir stir..
THEN!, Grease the hellouta your hands (unless you want this hot sticky stuff to stick and BURN your hands... believe me.. it hurts and feels like melted plastic!) Oh yea.. and take off those rings! ;0)
Now dig your hands in and finish mixing .. It should start looking like a big smooth dough ball..
Knead away all the lumps until all the powder is blended and smooth.. and you've got one elastic ball of marshmallow.. (add Crisco throughout to keep it from sticking and to make it stretch without being dried out I usually end up using the whole cup of Crisco... )
When your done kneading, (about 15-20 mins), generously coat your ball in Crisco and wrap in plastic wrap...
Store in the fridge until you're ready to color and use it! :)
The end!
-- Steens

Alright! Lots of catching up to do!

I'm gonna work on covering the biggest event that has happened recently.. Tess' wedding.
It's gonna be over a couple posts.. but hey! at least I'm writing, right?!! lol..
Ok.. Here we go..