How Will Humidity Affect Mmf? First Batch Bombed Today.

Decorating By rhonda02 Updated 6 Feb 2012 , 4:54am by mcaballero2

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rhonda02 Posted 16 Jan 2012 , 9:22pm
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My first attempt failed today trying to make marshmallow fondant. It's about 85% humid here in TX today. Will that affect it? I followed the directions to a T but in the end it was very dry, then sticky, then I was trying to compensate with some water, then I think perhaps I used too much crisco since it kept sticking to the counter and then it was a just greaseball, haha. I just need it for 2D cutouts for the side of my son's cake this weekend and wanted to make and color it today to let it set up and color it in advance. I'm doing an owl theme and just need a few cute things and I plan to buttercreme a 3 layer cake , then use a chocolate ganash over it for the shine. Any more issues I can forsee? Thanks so much!

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mcaballero2 Posted 6 Feb 2012 , 4:54am
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I live in Florida and yes, humidity does factor in. The recipe I use is one bag of marshmallows with one bag of powdered sugar and one tsp of vanilla or butter extract or 1/2 tsp of each. I put about 1 tbls of water on the marshmallows before I melt them. It will be soft at first. Reserve about 1/2 cup of powdered sugar at the end to knead in. I use shortening very lightly to avoid it from sticking to the counter and I wrap it in plastic wrap and leave it overnight to set. The next day, knead it to get it pliable and you're good to go. If it's too dry, I would not add water as it would have the same effect as adding water to cotton candy - a sticky mess. If you do need to make it softer, add a little bit of shortening and knead well. Too much will break down the fondant. hope this helps!

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