People often ask if fondant can be made at home. Guess what? Yes it can! Yay! You will find that home made marshmallow fondant tastes better than the store bought kind, which is great. However, this is not for the faint of heart. It requires some patience and persistence to make, as well as sufficient clean up time. I have tried this a total of once, and then gave up. It was far too messy and time consuming. Remember the Rice Krispies commercial where the Mum has flour all over her face after making Rice Krispy squares? You might actually look like that. Your cat might too. Only it will be powdered sugar instead of flour.
Why don’t I make my own fondant, you ask? No, it’s not due to sheer laziness. I have found a ready made fondant brand which gives me consistent results and the taste is pretty nice so why mess with a good thing, right? Right! And by nice tasting I mean certain family members will eat it like candy right out of the container. So yeah.
If you wish to venture into the abyss of no return (err, making fondant at home, I mean) here is a recipe for homemade marshmallow fondant. Good luck 🙂
This recipe makes about 1 1/2 lbs fondant
- 8 oz miniature marshmallows (4 cups, or half of a 16-ounce bag)
- 4 cups of powdered sugar, and a bit extra for dusting
- 2 tbsp of water
- food colouring, or flavouring (optional)
– to avoid a sticky mess, dust your counter or a large cutting board with powdered sugar. Also, coat your bowl with cooking spray or shortening before melting the marshmallows. You’ll be glad you did.
-place the marshmallows and the water in a large microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high for 1 minute, until the marshmallows are puffy and starting to expand. Be careful not to burn them. Microwaves are sometimes overzealous that way.
– stir the marshmallows until they are melted and smooth. If they don’t all melt right away, return your bowl to the microwave in 30 second increments until all of the marshmallows are melted and the mixture is smooth and lump-free. You can add colours or flavours to your fondant at this point if you wish.
-add the powdered sugar to your marshmallow mixture. Stir, and stir and stir some more. Basically until you can’t stir anymore. Or until your arm falls off.
–scrape the mixture onto your counter or cutting board. It will be VERY sticky and quite lumpy. At this point you will be thinking WTF and about ready to chuck the whole thing in the garbage. Keep going, though, you can do it! Dust some powdered sugar onto your hands and begin kneading the mixture.
-keep kneading the fondant until it is smooth, adding more powdered sugar along the way to get rid of the stickiness. Add only a bit at a time though, as you don’t want your fondant to turn out dry from too much sugar.
-once your fondant is smooth and not sticky, you are done! You can now use it right away, or wrap it well in plastic wrap for later use.
Whoo hoo! Give yourself a pat on the back, if you’re still standing 🙂
Have a sugarrific day,