Monday, October 1, 2012

Marshmallow Fondant

Time to get sticky, girls!

The idea of making my own fondant has never crossed my mind before until I saw a whole jar of untouched marshmallow on the counter. For me making hand-made fondant was meant for baking experts only. And I'm not one of those baking expert... YET! ;-)
As always, Mr.Google and Ms.Youtube do not let me down. There are a bunch of ideas and tutorials I can find on how to turn the marshmallow into something useful. 

Making your own marshmallow fondant is not as difficult as you might have imagined. It's just messy and sticky. If you have kids and not afraid of letting your kids get dirty and messy, I believe this is a must-do-together activity. Lots of fun guaranteed. 

Let's get started!

What you might need :
A package of marshmallow
A couple tablespoon of water
Lots of powdered sugar
Food coloring if needed.

Once you get all ingredients, then you are ready to get set and go....

1. Get some of those mini white marshmallow if it's possible for you to find. It will make your life easier. Unfortunately mine were big chunk kind of marshmallows, so I had to cut them all in small pieces to make all of them easier to melt. Fortunately, they were already in pink and white coloured. I need some pink fondant for my next project. So I won't need to colour them anymore.

2. Pour a couple tablespoon of water on your marshmallow. Toss it in the microwave for about 30 second. If you don't have any microwave, you could melt them using the double-boiler method  Put the bowl of marshmallow on top of a pan with hot boiling water and set it on a low heat. Keep on stirring until it all melt completely.

3. Check out your marshmallow every 10 second and give it a little quick stir before popping it back in to the microwave. 

4. This is how the end result of the melting process. Take it out of the microwave.

5. Pour powdered sugar into melted marshmallow. Stir it using wooden spatula.

6. Keep on pouring powdered sugar and stirring it until you get quite an elastic texture and you are able to take it out of the bowl.

Now, get ready for the sticky part. Before you start handling marshmallow with hands, cover all parts of equipment you will be using with some butter. The original tutorials I watched mostly use vegetable shortening to grease. I don't have any. So, I just use butter. Also, very important to grease your hand up to your wrist. Trust me, you don't want all those sticky sweet thing covering all of your body part. 

7.  Spread generous amount of powdered sugar on to your already-greased table.

8. Put your marshmallow on top of the powdered sugar. Pour again generous amount of powdered sugar on top of marshmallow. 

9. Start knead it like kneading bread dough and keep on pouring powdered sugar to prevent it from sticking to your hand. Knead it continually until fondant gets firmer and not sticky anymore. 

10. Once you are satisfied with your fondant, wrap it around with plastic wrap and let it chill in the fridge for a couple of hours. 

Then your fondant is ready to be transformed into any creation. You can colour the fondant using any food colour you wish.

Have fun creating ;-)