Please help! My sugar goes too hard to work with even after I pull it and put it under the heat lamp. What am I doing wrong?
Were you using granulated (table) sugar, or isomalt? If you were using isomalt, did you purchase nibs or did you cook the isomalt yourself?
If you're using table sugar, then it is likely you didn't have enough glucose/corn syrup.
if you were using Isomalt, it is likely overheated or not enough water was used in making the isomalt.
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I have the same problem when using sugar and isomolt . What i found out tonight that we have to add glocose , acid , cream of tartar to it so it dose not go hard , i am still looking for a right recipe so will let you know when i get one . all i know is that one need 1g of cream of tartar ( which is acid i think ) for 1kg sugar . or 10ml lemon juice . I did not try to use either of them so dont know for sure
Here is the recipe I use;
3 Cups Granulated Sugar
just less than 1 cup of water (about 7/8 )
1/2 cup glucose or corn syrup (add 1 tbsp if you're using corn syrup) Use less in humid environment which helps hold shape but makes it harder to work with.
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice (extract will not work)
Combine water and sugar in 1.5 qt sauce pan (stainless steel is best).
Make sure sugar crystals are not on side of pan outside of mixture and make sure this mixture is homogenous
Heat on medium high heat until mixture reaches a rolling boil.
Add glucose/corn syrup
Heat to 305F and add lemon juice.
Heat to 310 to 315 (depending on application) and remove from heat and stop cooking process by placing pan on cool (heat resistant) surface.
After the boil falls out you can add color or flavor.