Let me first say that I'm not knocking any one else' recipe - I chose this one in the interest of time (I work 50hrs+ a week, have a 2yo, and go to school part time - so my "caking" time is very limited). I am a newbie and tend to shy away from anything that uses a double boiler, dough hook, or has more than 4-5 ingredients - I like to keep it simple
(besides - I just got a 'dough hook' yesterday -- got a KA for VD!!!)
So........I love Colette Peter's work, got her book "Colette's Wedding Cakes" from the library, and this is her fondant recipe...
2lbs confectioners sugar
1/4c cold water
1TB unflavored gelatin
1/2c glucose (or white corn syrup) imagine my surprise to find out glucose was really corn syrup - geez
1 1/2TB glycerine
1 ts flavoring (being mindful of color changes, i.e., clear vs. colored vanilla)
-place sifted sugar in large bowl, make well in center
-place water in saucepan, sprinkle gelatin on top to soften - about 5 minutes
-heat the water/gelatin and stir until dissolved and clear - DO NOT BOIL
-turn off heat, add glucose and glycerine, stir until well blended
-add flavoring to pan (I do all 3 at one time - glucose, glycerine and flavor)
-pour into sugar well and mix until all of the sugar is blended
-knead with hands until it becomes stiff (if sticky, add a little more p.s)
-shape into a ball, wrap in plastic wrap and store in air tight container
- works best if allowed to rest for 8hrs
Addressing the other comment that it's dry - I personally do use crisco well coated on my hands, board and roller to work with this, both at the initial kneading stage and 8 hrs. later when I'm using it - that may or may not have added to the moisture factor.
Also, at the initial kneading phase, I break it into 4 or 5 chunks, knead them separately, then blend it all back together to wrap and store for 8 hrs.
One note on the heating on the stove portion - I've seen others talking about doing this in the microwave - I don't see why this couldn't be done with this recipe, I just haven't personally tried that yet...but will.
I will say too - now that I have my KA, I will certainly try MF'sF, just gotta find the time!!
I hope you like it as well as I do