How to Make Edible Glue
When creating simple figures with fondant, such as flowers or chains, use water or egg white as an adhesive to bond the various parts of the figure. However, in the field of creative pastry when we start creating cakes that are ever more intricate and complicated, we try to creating free-standing figures. We see that these creations need something to keep them in place, otherwise they end up falling down. We need to resort to edible glue, but can we do it ourselves at home? Of course you can, darlings! In fact it's much cheaper to make it at home than buying it ready made. If you want to know how to make edible glue, read this delicious OneHowTo article and find out more.
To make edible glue, you need a product called carboxymethylcellulose, known as tylose powder or CMC. This product is used mainly to make the most malleable and elastic fondant that dries well. Since it is an organic compound derived from cellulose, it has the ability to thicken and stabilise foodstuffs. To measure, use a two gram measuring spoon or, if you do not have one, a teaspoon and proceed to fill.
The first thing to do is put water in a microwave-safe bowl and warm it up for a few seconds. It has to be warm, not cold. Thus the CMC dissolves much better when you add it. Otherwise, it is possible that the result becomes an unmanageable paste, far from the desired effect.
When the water is warm, add the CMC and let it sit for 20-30 minutes. Then, add a few drops of lemon juice. Two will be enough because what we want to achieve with this ingredient is an increase in the shelf life of the edible glue and we want to avoid the appearance of nasty germs. Now, remove it all with a small fork to get rid of as many lumps as possible and let it sit for just a few minutes.
If some lumps remain, do not worry because when you come back to the CMC, they will disappear completely. When no lumps are present and the result is a lovely thick paste with a nice texture, which is a little more consistent than that of jam, your glorious edible glue is ready to go.
If you feel that you have added too much water because it's still very liquidy, add a little more CMC and let it stand for a wee bit. And if you think the opposite, that the result is thicker than it should be, pour in a few drops of water.
When the edible glue is finished, you must set it in the refrigerator to keep it in perfect condition for longer and then cover the container. It will last for about two months or so. It is very important that the container is well sealed to prevent air or moisture getting in. Woop, woop! Now you can start creating your fondant figures without any hassle!
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