Getting Started Pulled/blown Sugar

Sugar Work By cakinqueen Updated 30 Jul 2006 , 2:24pm by vixterfsu

cakinqueen Posted 23 Jul 2006 , 2:08pm
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I want to learn pulled/blown sugar. Where do I start? What type of equiptment would I need? My experience is buttercream, fondant and gumpaste and I would love to be able to add sugar pieces. Thanks!

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vixterfsu Posted 23 Jul 2006 , 2:17pm
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where in PA are you? Check this site
out. They have tons of classes. They are in
Lancaster. Let me know.

Kiddiekakes Posted 23 Jul 2006 , 2:18pm
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You should PM Sugarcreations.....fabulous blown sugar work.

moydear77 Posted 23 Jul 2006 , 4:28pm
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I started off small and still learning. I do bubbles and sugar spirals and working my way to other things. I can do bubbles in my sleep now. I learned to adapt what I have to do sugar work. I use a ball pump-It is long with a pull and push on the end. It wirks so well and I am used to using this now.
Classes are great to do also. i just like having that added flre on my cakes like pulled sugar spirals.

SugarCreations Posted 23 Jul 2006 , 5:12pm
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Originally Posted by cakinqueen

I want to learn pulled/blown sugar. Where do I start? What type of equiptment would I need? My experience is buttercream, fondant and gumpaste and I would love to be able to add sugar pieces. Thanks!

Oh me, Oh my where do I start from here lets see first off do you have a recipe for boiled sugar? What type sugar will you use? Granulated or isomalt?
Heres a short list of equipment you can use:

(1). Candy Thermometer, don't cheat on this it is your most important piece!
(2). A stainless steel pan, you can use copper if you can afford it.
(3). A silpat, marble slab, or large cookie sheet. Sheet and slab have to be oiled.
(4). A rubber bulb pump, you can get and old blood pressure cuff and cut the hose and bulb off of it then get a metal tube to insert into the hose.
(5). Metal dough cutter or spatula for turning the sugar.
(6). Rubber gloves, not help from the heat but you should have them.
(7). Warming Box with 250 watt heat lamp.
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(9). Hot Knife: this is one I added just make sure its a knife you don't want.
(10). Air dryer with a cool air setting.

These are the basics anymore questions just ask or PM glad to help.

Rgds Sugarcreations

BeckySue Posted 25 Jul 2006 , 5:18pm
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I haven't ever worked with sugar either. Is there a beginner's guide somewhere or a good book that would help? Are classes the way to go?

SugarCreations Posted 26 Jul 2006 , 1:17am
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As far as books go no they are not any at least none the average human can afford. Classes are available from most culinary schools that have a pastry program. Bo Fribergs book The Advanced Professional Pastry Chef has a whole chapter on sugar work that is excellent you can get this book off of E-Bay pretty reasonable his other book The Professional Pastry Chef is also a good one. Ewald Notter has one but the only place I know you can get it is from a bookstore in England for around $100 unless you get lucky like I did and have a friend to give you one.

Rgds Sugarcreations

petitesweet Posted 27 Jul 2006 , 2:11am
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I found a link to this video that I was wanting to get. Still haven't gotten the courage to try it, but maybe it will help. Only $20 - so maybe it's worth it.

vixterfsu Posted 27 Jul 2006 , 11:37am
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try this link to look at. is a great site.
have fun.

socalbaker Posted 29 Jul 2006 , 9:17pm
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Here is a site I buy from and recommend highly......

They have books & videos Notter & others.

Sugar Artistik by Louise & Othmar Fassbind are books i've purchased(both volumes) & they show the technical side to sugar work and also step by step instructions.

If you do decide to buy one of these books buy the book with the white cover with the sugar swans on it. It will cover "the basics" and start you off in the right direction.

Good Luck to you!!!

SugarCreations Posted 30 Jul 2006 , 1:07am
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Best way just do it. It should be noted here that these books are not going to come cheap they can range for $80 to well over $200 its this cost that will determine just how much you want to do it. Ewald Notters School of Confectionary Arts has classes but they too are expensive but well worth the price if you can go to them. Last posts on this thread. Thanks.

Rgds Sugarcreations

vixterfsu Posted 30 Jul 2006 , 2:24pm
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Try looking on amazon dot com for the books.
You can save alot of money!
I've seen these books and they are expensive!

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