Gum Paste - Simple

Recipe Rating:
 3 Ratings
Serves: makes about 1 pound
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1 lb confectioners sugar (about 4 cups)
1/4 c water
1 Tbsp unflavored gelatin
1 Tbsp clear corn syrup

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Member Since Oct 2010
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I finally found a recipe for Gum Paste that did not require "gum tragacanth" or "tylose" which is also called CMC or carboxymethylcullulose. I have a problem cooking with something I can't pronouce...LOL
Any recipe that calls for those supposedly can be made using geletin & corn syrup. Gum paste is a very strong sugar clay - stronger than Fondant for making flowers & figures. The negative about this recipe is that when it drys it can be brittle. I had fun making a few simple things.
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1) Put water in a saucepan & sprinkle the gelatin over the water. Let gelatin soak for about 5 minutes or until it starts to look foamy.
2) Add the corn syrup. Stir slowly and heat mixture over low heat, stirring until gelatin has dissolved and mixture is clear.
3) Pour into a bowl containing confectioners' sugar. Mix together until you can no longer mix; there will be quite a bit of sugar left in the bowl.
4) Dump mixture out onto confectioners' sugar dusted work counter and knead until the mixture no longer sticks to your hands.
5) Use immediately or store the paste in a plastic bag with all the air pressed out. This paste dries quickly, so keep any part you're not using covered. This gum paste makes very strong sugar pieces, but they can be brittle.
Store flowers, figures, structures in a cool dry place protected from accidental bumps until you place them on the cake or cake board with edible glue.
I have posted severl recipes for different kinds of edible glue in different posts.

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user JANE LOUISE lovinspoonful - Nov 19, 2010
Connie, what a beautiful talent you have! Your flowers are beautiful. I appreciate the recipe and will keep this in my file but I think the real talent that is necessary to actually make those flowers is something I don't possess.
user CONNIE BOLDA DuplinLady - Nov 19, 2010
Practice, fuss, practice & take a
user Julie Roth hairredo - Nov 19, 2010
You are a true artist. I hope you get to show off your talents. And get some $$ sometimes~
user Colleen Sowa colleenlucky7 - Nov 20, 2010
Great post Connie.... deserves 5 stars!

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