Monday, March 22, 2010

Delicious Marshmallow Fondant (Very easy)

Everyone loves the perfectly smooth appearance of a fondant cake, but fondant often tastes pasty and bland when bought commercially. It is also expensive, averaging about $5-$10 per pound! Instead of using a fondant that has been processed and rolled into a box, try making some marshmallow fondant from scratch for a delicious homemade fondant that is simple and fun. It is so good and so easy to work with you'll wonder why anyone uses regular fondant! (I know I'm puzzled, this stuff was amazing and simple!)

16 oz. Mini marshmallows
2 lbs Powdered Sugar(Confectioners Sugar)1/2 cup Crisco shortening
2-5 Tablespoons of Water

-Melt marshmallows and 2 Tablespoons of water in a microwave bowl 30 seconds, open microwave and stir, back in microwave for 30 seconds more, open microwave and stir again, and continue doing this until melted. It usually takes about 2 1/2 minutes total.
-Dump ¾ of the confectioners sugar on top of the melted marshmallows and stir with a spatula. Once it has blended, dump onto a work surface that has been heavily greased with shortening. Grease your hands thoroughly with shortening to keep the mixture from sticking to your hands.
-Knead the mixture, adding confectioners sugar, if mixture is sticky. If the mixture tears, dip fingers in water and add a little at a time until the desired consistency is reached. Make sure that no dry lumps of confectioners sugar remain.
-Coat your marshmallow fondant in shortening, and place in a plastic food bag, squeezing out all of the air before sealing. Bag it once more to ensure to air leaks. Air will dry out your marshmallow fondant.

*When ready to use, the fondant will be hard from the refrigerator, pop it in the microwave for 10-20 seconds(10 works, unless it is the entire ball of fondant at once, then you might need 20 seconds) when rolling out the fondant, grease your rolling pin with shortening and make sure you have some on your hands or you will stick to your fondant! :)

*to color food coloring place it in a plastic bag to knead it OR wear plastic gloves (unless you don't mind purple/pink/green hands) place desired amount of gel food color, stretch/pull, knead the fondant until well mixed, or less mixed for marbled effect.
Now that you have made your marshmallow fondant, it will last for at least a month in your fridge! (make sure you double ziploc bagged it so no air leaks!)

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