I'm about to make my first batch of fondant ever, and was going to use Michele Foster's recipe. However, as I'm reading through the recipe I notice it calls for a dough hook. As a newbie, I do not have such fancy tools. Is it really necessary? Will my fondant still turn out without it?
Ok, I might not be the best help here because I don't know that recipe... but I have made my own fondant...
I take it you are hand mixing? I'd say yes it will still work, but man it would be so much easier for you to have a Kitchen Aid! You might have a hard time getting the last of your sugar mixed in there. The few times I mixed by hand I couldn't get the full amount in. Then one day it dawned on me "I own a KA! Use the dough hook attachment!"
So yes, it should still work... your arms will be sore and you will most likely have some "leftovers"
Good excuse to go out and buy a KA?
good luck and happy baking!