How to Make Chocolate Fondant From Scratch
Fondant icing is a type of sugar paste commonly used to decorate a myriad of desserts, among them cupcakes, butter cookies, cakes and biscuits. Fondant is popular because it's very easy to make and model: it can be made into any shape or form, such as flowers, bows and even action figures. Fondant can be bought at any store that sells baking supplies, but you can also make your own fondant at home.
Nowadays fondant icing is made with different ingredients and flavors beyond the traditional sugar paste. One of the most popular is, of course, chocolate. If you want to learn how to make chocolate fondant from scratch, stay with us at oneHOWTO and read this simple recipe.
As with any traditional fondant recipe, start by heating the marshmallows in the microwave. If you prefer, you can make your own marshmallows following this recipe.
To melt the marshmallows properly, take a bowl and grease it with a little butter. Add the 15 ml of water and the marshmallows and heat them for 2 to 3 minutes, depending on the power of your microwave. Watch them closely to prevent burning! Ideally, the marshmallows should be melted enough to be scooped up with a spoon or spatula, but not completely.
When the marshmallows are ready, you can move on to make the chocolate fondant. Stir the sugar paste with a spoon or spatula, making sure it doesn't stick to the sides of the bowl. Then, add the cocoa powder and mix it with the marshmallows.
It's recommended to use pure cocoa powder, but if you don't have it on hand you can use hot chocolate powder. Keep in mind that in that case the color and flavor of the homemade chocolate fondant will not be as intense.
Once you've thoroughly mixed the cocoa powder with the marshmallows, you can gradually add the icing sugar.
Although you can make your own icing sugar, in when you make chocolate fondant from scratch we recommend using commercial icing sugar to prevent the result from being too granular. Of course, if you make your own icing sugar don't forget to sift it before adding it to the mixture.
Now, mix the icing sugar with a spoon or spatula. When the homemade chocolate fondant acquires the proper consistency, remove it from the bowl and begin to knead with your hands.
Don't forget to sprinkle icing sugar on the surface where you knead the dough to prevent it from sticking and put a little on your hands as well.
You'll know the homemade chocolate fondant has acquired the proper texture and consistency when it stops sticking to your hands. Then, make it into a ball and cover it with plastic wrap in the bowl you previously greased with butter, adding a little icing sugar to prevent the fondant from sticking. Chill the dough in the refrigerator for 24 hours.
After 24 hours, remove the chocolate fondant from the refrigerator and knead it again. If you notice that the dough has hardened too much, don't worry, just put it in the microwave for a few seconds to soften it.
Your homemade chocolate fondant is ready to be used as decoration however you'd like! As you've seen, it's easy to prepare and the result is absolutely delicious. The taste of this delicious homemade chocolate fondant is far superior to any store-bought fondant, and its simplicity will ensure that you never buy commercial fondant again.
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- Remember that the marshmallows should be white to properly absorb the colour of the chocolate.