I have tried to make my own fondant twice and both times have been interesting to say the least. My problem is that I end up using a lot more sugar than the recipe calls for and the fondant is still sticky. The first time, back in October, I used Michelle Foster's recipe and while the fondant tasted great, I had to A LOT more sugar to it. Even then, I still had to add a lot more when coloring and rolling time came. Today, I used Toba's recipe and I had the same problem. I used about 2.5 pounds of sugar even though the recipe says up to 2 pounds. The fondant was a bit sticky I probably will have to add even more sugar before I can roll it out. Maybe I am missing something and homemade fondant is supposed to be sticky? I find that hard to believe though.
So, not an actual disaster but definitely something wrong! I don't want to have to use gross Wilton fondant and Satin Ice is just too expensive but making my own fondant is driving nuts!
Any suggestions? TIA!
Oh, another thing, it's not just the stickiness, it is also very soft.
Remember that humidity can play a roll in this. I just recently started using Michelle's fondant recipe and I've had great luck with it. Sometimes I have not even used all the p/s called for! But up here in WI its drier in the winter...so we'll see what happens this summer!
Also, remember that its best to make the fondant & let it rest 24 hrs before using it. It looses some of that stickiness. Now mine is not wet sticky when I make it -its dry but soft. Then the next day it has firmed up a touch and works great. I think it would be hard to use immediately after making it.
Okay- I hope it's not too late. I've tried Toba's Fondant twice. The first time was exactly as you are describing, I did a search here on CC and read that alot of people have to add more PS. The second time I did add more PS, alot more and it worked beautifully. I did make sure to let it rest. I have yet to try MF Fondant.
Don't give up. The taste is not comparable to Wilton's.
I am so glad you asked these questions because I was just about to post something similar myself! I haven't tried making my own yet but I can't afford premade except Wilton, which I refuse to use. Thanks Ladies!