How Do I Fix Stiff Gum Paste?

Decorating By lrlt2000 Updated 30 Aug 2012 , 11:29pm by costumeczar

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lrlt2000 Posted 30 Aug 2012 , 4:21pm
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I mixed tylose with MMF and it was working great, but the flowers were not drying as hard as I wanted. So, I added more tylose icon_smile.gif I think I added too much, because now it is hard as a rock (after resting and coming to room temp). It is a bit harder than store bought GP at room temp.

I can work with it fine, after microwaving for a few seconds, but it is really rubbery and makes an already tedious process (carnations) even more tedious and hard to ruffle. I tried to heat it a little and knead in some shortening and a tad more water, but it's not really 'loosening' up.

Any suggestions??

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karateka Posted 30 Aug 2012 , 9:22pm
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Try kneading in a bit more fondant (no additional tylose)

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kakeladi Posted 30 Aug 2012 , 9:34pm
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Another option would be to add just a bit of egg white. OR a bit of shortening.

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BlakesCakes Posted 30 Aug 2012 , 10:55pm
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Depending on the recipe of the GP that you used, nuking it may have cooked it--that will make it unsalvageable. Too much crisco also ruins it.

I think adding some plain fondant to it is your best bet, a bit at a time, until you get the texture that you need--or pitch the hard stuff & start over.


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costumeczar Posted 30 Aug 2012 , 11:29pm
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Throw it away, if you heated it it just makes it set up harder. icon_sad.gif

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