Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Rolling Fondant Recipe Review - Food Network
Last night I made Food Network's Rolling Fondant Recipe. I had never made fondant before and I had all of the ingredients in the house for this one, so I gave it a whirl. First I put the gelatin in a measuring cup with the water to allow the gelatin to bloom. (Marshmallow Fondant is next on my list.)
Next I put the Gelatin and water mixture in a double boiler to melt.
I floated a small metal bowl over a small pan of water.
I put the whole mess into the mixer all at once.
I won't do that again. My mixer did not appreciate it.
I dumped the whole shaggy mess onto the counter and kneaded it together by hand with a dough scraper.
(As per a reviewers recommendation over at Food Network I used 967 grams of powdered sugar.)
This is the stage where some have panicked and tossed the whole mess into the trash can and called it a failure. I added a tablespoon of water in tiny additions along with 1/2 tsp of Almond Extract in two 1/4 tsp additions. The last 1/4 tsp seemed like it was going to be too much, but with a bit more kneading and a tiny sprinkle of powdered sugar on the counter it was fine.
I just kept kneading.
And I kneaded it some more until it was smooth.
Then I wrapped the whole thing in plastic.
The true test will be rolling this out and putting it on a cake after it sits over night.
Update- I frosted the cake with Butter Creme and then I went to work. I learned a whole lot in the process of putting the Fondant on the cake. I want to purchase a Wilton Rolling Mat or a piece of vinyl from the fabric dept to roll my next batch on. I will grease the mat with shortening and forgo the cornstarch. It dries the Fondant out. (From what I have read the shortening will absorb after it sits.)
I tore the fondant the first time I attempted to pick it up on the rolling pin. So after I rerolled it, it was a bit dry. (Shortening to the rescue.)
Over all it was a really good experience. I have miles to go with my borders. I need PRACTICE. But, I believe my family will be very willing to eat my practice work.
Thanks for stopping!
If you liked this you might like Marshmallow Fondant even better. (I did.)
Sorry about the poor pictures. My LCD screen on my camera is broken so until it is replaced I can't see what I am photographing or how the pictures turn out. Ugh.