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Monday, August 24, 2009

How to Restore Hardened Fondant



The other day I wanted to make a peony from sugarpaste.
I like to mix fondant with Tylose to create a gumpaste for flowers.
So I went to get some fondant out of the pail and realized that I hadn't
completely secured the lid to for an airtight seal.
When I touched the fondant with my metal spoon, it was hard as a rock!
I began to dig out the hardened fondant to throw it away.
I had essentially lost about 2 lbs of fondant! ARRRRGH!

My friend, Susie Hazard, had just told me that she had just read that platinum paste could be restored by microwaving and rolling it out. So I wondered if it would work on fondant.
I took about a 3 inch size ball of the "rocky road" fondant and microwaved it for 5 seconds on high power.

Next I placed it on my fondant board that was generously spread with vegetable shortening, and rolled it thin. It really worked!! All the lumps and bumps disappeared.
The fondant was smooth and restored back to it's softened state.
I continued to do this until all 2 lbs of fondant was restored!!

Tutorial by Jacque Benson
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2009

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10 comments:

  1. I am a new blogger, but an old baker. Your blog is awesome.

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    1. Thank u so much for the tip,i was planning to throw away about 4 lbs of fondant cause its as hard as a rock,u saved it all

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  2. Jacque...I tried this today and it really worked for me too!! YAY!!! Thanks for posting your fantastic tip!!!

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  3. Didn't work for me, so what did I do wrong??
    Happy 2013 and thanks for the great tutorials, love this site. x

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  4. Wow I wish I would have found this before I threw out my fondant! Thanks for sharing.

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  5. So glad I found this tip. Hope it works!

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  6. Does this help in restoring Tylose Gumpaste? Mine is not rock hard, but stiff to the point of folds and cracks Not blending in when I need the paste, and whenmolding/making balls, the layers come apart. ANY help will be greatly appreciated.

    Christie

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    1. Christie, try kneading in a little bit of piping gel.

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    2. Very professional website! Can I mention this tutorial on my website http://www.natainitalia.it/ ?

      Vittoria

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  7. Hey, I made fondant as a first timer yesterday and my fondant was hard and crummy, so full of cracks. I tries adding Glycerine, it didn't help. The shortening was too much, it was so greasy on my working surface. So after reading several websites, finally got one that instructed to add the glucose/corn syrup. So I did. It definitely helped but my fondant paste was just still cracking, not fully incorporated as one and smooth. So today I tried making another batch. This time I realized my gelatin mixture from my first fondant was too thick because this recent one turned out great when my gelatin was lighter! So I decided to mix a teaspoon of the same gelatin and knead it to my initially made fondant and it did wonders. It became elastic and soft and even the greasy feeling went away. Now I can't tell the difference between the two.

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