I have a Kitchen Aid and a Cuisinart. Both seem to be labouring heavily when I try to tint fondant by machine using the dough hook. Using my own two hands is fine but when I have a large amount of fondant, it just takes too long.
Any help from those who do it a better way??
Someday, I'll own a Hobart but even then...does that work well?
I always tint mine by hand. I actually tint about a handfull of fondant at a time then knead it all together. I've never liked doing it with my mixer.
You can cut the kneading time back quite a bit by doing it this way:
1. colour a small ball of fondant to an intense shade of the colour you want.
2. knead the small ball into your fondant for 30 seconds to a minute.
3. cut the fondant in half - you'll see that the colour is layered through the fondant - a bit like an onion.
4. place the cut halves next to each other, cut side down on the bench and knead again - this time you're kneading at 90 degrees to your first knead and the colour will mix all the way through much faster.
Hope that helps,
The only way I will color fondant is to microwave it first, especially if it's a large amount...it gets really pliable and very easy to blend.
I do it in my hands, I don't put it down on any surface...when it's a large piece, it's like pulling taffy, and it works great.