- In the small bowl mix warm water and corn syrup, stir until well combined together.
- Add the gum-tex and lemon juice and mix together thoroughly.
- Measure 3 cups of sifted powdered sugar into to a clean bowl.
- Pour the mixture into the bowl with 3 cups powdered sugar.Using a wooden spoon mix until you can work the mixture with your hands.
- Continue adding remaining sugar as you knead the dough. I use a large bowl and do the kneading in the bowl but if you prefer you can also knead it on the table top.
- When you first start working the mix it will look slightly yelowish /brown but as you add more powdered sugar and knead, it will come together and will turn white. This may take several minutes.
- Gum paste is ready when pliable and can be shaped without sticking to your fingers.
- Divide gum paste into small balls, and wrap each ball with plastic wrap then place the gum paste in a plastic bag and into the airtight container to prevent drying.
- Store gum paste at room temperature for one week or refrigerate for up to 2 months.
- Gum paste handles best when left to mature at least 8 hours before 1st using.
- Re- work gum paste before using.
Once you've made the gum paste recipe, you can tint it any color you desire, or divide the mixture and tint it several different colors. . Wear gloves when coloring gum paste.
To color gumpaste, apply small amounts paste food color with a toothpick. Then with your hands, knead and work the color into the gum paste piece until the tint is evenly applied.
I find that adding too much color at once makes the gum paste a bit sticky, especially if you are trying to achieve a dark shade. I add a bit of crisco/vegetable shortening when I see this happening and then I knead a bit more.
I use cornstarch and crisco/shortening when I handle gumpaste. When I'm rolling the gum paste I apply a touch of crisco on the rolling board to prevent sticking. I use a small silicone rolling pin. Once I cut any desired shapes that need to be worked with a ball tool or a tooth pick. I then use cornstarch to keep them from sticking to my mat.
Work with small pieces at a time to prevent drying and always cover leftover gumpaste to prevent drying as well.
When you remove gum paste from a plastic bag or covered container, you will need to re-knead it with your hands until it's soft and pliable once again. It may seem quite stiff at first. Add a touch of crisco if needed to help re- knead it.
Fondant/Gumpaste Suppliers(Tools, Cutter etc)
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