I have a situation and I'm hoping for a bit of guidance from some gum paste pros :).
I've made NL gum paste several times and absolutely love it. No problems. However, I made a batch a couple of days ago and I think I made a big boo-boo. I used liquid egg whites because I had some left over, and thought, "Hey, why not...I mean, it's egg whites, right???" WRONG.
They made the mixture way too wet and loose, and I had to add a lot of extra powdered sugar just to get soft peaks before adding my tylose. Like, 2 cups extra. So I kneaded it out, added a bit more PS, and thought it was OK. Double-wrapped it and let it sit in the fridge overnight, as usual.
I've found that it's still way too sticky and soft. Sticking to every cutter, sticking to my Cel board, etc.
I've kneaded in a bit more PS a little at the time, but now I'm having other issues. It's drying out way too quickly. I barely have time to ruffle, thin, or frill before the edges start cracking. DANG IT.
So anyway, just wondering if I need to try working with it a bit softer so it won't dry out so fast. Maybe knead in a bit of water???
This is a massive batch of GP (just got in a TON of new cutters I want to try--yippee), so there's no way I'm tossing it out.
Again, just wondering if any of you have any thoughts on how to rescue this batch.
Note to self--ONLY USE REAL EGG WHITES FROM NOW ON lol. TIA!