Wednesday, November 18, 2009

How To Make Choir Boys

Posted by Lynne Jury at 12:33 PM

When she says "Regal Ice available from craft stores" she means ready made 
fondant (also called sugar paste in England). Ready made fondant is available
from the Bulk Barn, or you can make it yourself:


  • 1 (.25 ounce) package unflavored gelatin
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 1/2 cup glucose syrup (you can substitute clear corn syrup available at any supermarket with the sugars)
  • 1 tablespoon glycerin (available from wine making stores) - this stops the fondant going rock hard
  • 2 tablespoons shortening
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 8 cups sifted confectioners' sugar


  1. Combine gelatin and cold water; let stand until thick. Place gelatin mixture in top of double boiler and heat until dissolved.
  2. Add glucose and glycerin, mix well. Stir in shortening and just before completely melted, remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Mixture should cool until lukewarm.
  3. Place 4 cups confectioners' sugar in a large bowl. Make a well in the center and using a wooden spoon, stir in the lukewarm gelatin mixture. Mix in sugar and add more a little at a time, until stickiness disappears. Knead in remaining sugar. Knead until the fondant is smooth, pliable and does not stick to your hands. If fondant is too soft, add more sugar; if too stiff, add water (a drop at a time). Use fondant immediately or store in airtight container in fridge. When ready to use, bring to room temperature and knead again until soft.

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