Fondant Creations

So I don’t know about you but when I see those beautiful cakes made smooth and perfect with rolled fondant, I am both impressed and disappointed. Yeah they look good, but the majority of people peel the fondant off, because it tastes less than fantastic. When needing to do a novelty cake, I wanted to avoid using it but still achieve the neat finish. Enter marshmallow fondant! I’ve come across recipes for it often on Pinterest but I’ve been skeptical. After some experimentation, I found it easy to make, easy to roll, easy to colour and it doesn’t go sticky or fall apart. And it tastes like marshmallows! I haven’t tried flavouring it, but I’m sure its possible too.  From now on this will be my go to fondant.

The ratio of marshmallow to icing sugar is 1:1 so its easy to scale the recipe up and down. It probably makes life easier to sift your icing sugar before adding it to the marshmallow but I’ve done it without as well (it just takes a bit more kneading). If you want to colour the fondant its easiest to just use the white marshmallows.

Recipe

240g marshmallows

240g icing sugar (plus extra for dusting)

Melt the marshmallows in the microwave for 1 minute or until puffed up and soft. If they’re still solid then do 10 second bursts.

Gradually add the icing sugar while stirring.

Once all the icing sugar is added (not fully combined) scrap the mix onto a surface dusted with icing sugar. Dust your hands as well.

Knead the fondant until smooth and no longer sticky (adding icing sugar as needed).

Add colour now if needed. It can be rolled out and used immediately or stored in cling wrap in the fridge or freezer.

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Daring Bakers Challenge June 2014: Cinnamon Buns

My second daring bakers challenge! A really fun one this week, I’ve been looking forward to making these for ages but haven’t really been brave enough. And oh my were they lovely. I used a pouring fondant for the icing, which I’ve made often. These were a huge success with the rest of the family, including the retriever puppy, who ate 3 rolls during the proving process while my back was turned for 5 minutes.

Anyway here they are!

This month the Daring Bakers kept our creativity rolling with cinnamon bun inspired treats. Shelley from C Mom Cook dared us to create our own dough and fill it with any filling we wanted to craft tasty rolled treats, cinnamon not required!

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Ingredients
90g granulated sugar
1 teaspoon salt
80g unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 large egg, slightly beaten
1 teaspoon (5 ml) lemon extract OR 1 teaspoon (5 ml) grated lemon zest
450 g unbleached bread (or all-purpose/plain) flour
2 teaspoons instant yeast (active dry worked as well)
1 1/8 – 1 ¼ cups (270-300 ml) whole milk or buttermilk, at room temperature
½ cup (120 ml) (3½ oz) (100 gm) cinnamon sugar (6½ tablespoons (100ml) (3 oz) (90 gm) granulated sugar plus 1½ tablespoons (20 ml) (1/3 oz) (10 gm) ground cinnamon)

Directions:

In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together sugar, salt and shortening (though it is not difficult to do by hand, using a strong spoon).
Add the egg and lemon extract to the creamed sugar and shortening and mix together until smooth.
Add the flour, yeast and milk to the mixer and mix on low speed until the dough begins to form a ball.
At this point, switch to the dough hook attachment and knead for 10 minutes (if kneading by hand, you will probably need to do so for closer to 12 – 15 minutes). The dough will be silky and supple, but not overly sticky. You may need to add a touch of flour if your dough is too sticky – that is okay.IMG_9844
Lightly oil a bowl, turn the kneaded dough out into it, turning to coat, then cover the bowl with plastic wrap.
Allow the dough to rest (ferment) until it has doubled in size, approximately 2 hours.
Once the dough has rested and risen, you are ready to shape the cinnamon buns. Prepare your a sheet pan by lining it with parchment paper.
Spray your work surface lightly with cooking spray and turn the dough out onto the work surface.
Using a rolling pin, roll the dough, into a rectangle about 2/3 an inch (15 mm) thick, 14 inches (350 mm)wide and 12 inches (300 mm) long (for large buns) (or 18 inches (450 mm) wide by 9 inches (230 mm) long for smaller ones). You may need to sprinkle the dough and/or work surface with a bit of flour to keep the dough from sticking. This is okay.
Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar filling over the surface of the dough.
Starting with a long end, roll the dough, creating a spiral, into a log shape, making sure to end with the seam side down.
Cut the dough into pieces approximately 1¾ inches (45 mm) thick (for large buns) (1¼ inch (30 mm) for smaller buns).

Place buns approximately ½ inch (15 mm) apart on the prepared pan. They shouldn’t be touching at this time.

 

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Allow the shaped buns to proof at room temperature for 75 – 90 minutes until they have nearly doubled in size. They will now be touching each other. If you are not planning on baking the buns the same day as you are preparing them, you can place them into the refrigerator after they are shaped (before this rise) for up to 2 days. If you do so, you will need to allow them to return to room temperature prior to baking, which means removing them from the refrigerator about 3 or 4 hours before baking.

Preheat the oven to moderate 350°F/180°C/gas mark 4 degrees at the end of this proofing time.
Bake the buns for 20 – 30 minutes, until golden brown
Allow the buns to cool for 10 minutes in the pan, then drizzle with glaze. Remove the buns from the pan to a cooling rack and allow them to cool for at least 20 minutes before eating.IMG_9852