I made a batch of MMF and I colored a portion of it, and now it just crumbles into pieces when I try to roll it out. I put powdered sugar on my work area, I don't know what I am doing wrong. I have made MMF a bunch of times, but it has never acted like this. What do I do?? Thanks!!
Did you try to make it a dark color? Often the paste or gel coloring can change the texture of the MMF. Try adding some corn syrup and/or a little more shortening.
Try kneading in a small bit of shortening.
I used to have this problem all the time. You need to color the MMF when it's still in the bowl as liquid marshmallows. When you get the right color, then start adding the sugar. The sugar will hardly change the color of the mixture. Add sugar until it feels like the right consistency. This always works for me.
To fix the current batch, you could melt down a bunch of marshmallows (maybe 1/2 of what you were using) and stir the sticky glob in. It will be hard to get it all kneaded into a uniform color with no chunks of the old stuff, but you might be able to do it.
I've tried the shortening and corn syrup, they never worked for me. The marshmallows worked like a charm though.
To me though, it seems like it isn't the color that is the problem.....it is the powdered sugar that I use to make it not stick to my work place. It seems like that is drying out the fondant. Could that be??
It's very possible. The MMF is absorbing the PS which is making it more dry. you need very very little PS to keep it from sticking. I usually use either a very thin coat of Shortning or corn starch.