Not sure how many followers out there are fans of the U.K. TV series – The Great British Bake Off, but if like me you are I was intrigued to watch Nadia ( the girl who went on to win the 2015 series) make her fondant icing in the microwave using marshmallows and icing sugar. So much so that I decided to have a go myself, and it really does work. So for those of you out there interested in making your own fondant icing using marshmallows here is the recipe I found and used, successfully!
1kg Icing Sugar
500g Pack White Marshmallows
100g Vegetable Shortening e.g Trex / Cookeen / Lard
To make marshmallow fondant, marshmallows and 2 tablespoons of water in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave 30 seconds on high; stir until mixed well. Continue microwaving 30 seconds more; stir again. Continue until melted (about 2 1/2 minutes).
Place 3/4 of the confectioners’ sugar on top of the melted marshmallow mixture. Fold sugar into marshmallow mixture. Flavouring can be added at this point if desired. Place the vegetable shortening in a bowl so that you can reach into it with fingers as you are working. Grease hands and counter GENEROUSLY; turn marshmallow mixture onto counter. Start kneading like you would dough. Continue kneading, adding additional confectioners’ sugar and re-greasing hands and counter so the fondant doesn’t stick. If the marshmallow fondant is tearing easily, it is too dry; add water (about 1/2 tablespoon at a time) kneading until fondant forms a firm, smooth elastic ball that will stretch without tearing, about 8 minutes.
It’s best to allow Marshmallow Fondant to sit, double-wrapped, overnight. Prepare the fondant for storing by coating with a thin layer of solid vegetable shortening, wrap in plastic wrap and then place in resealable bag. Squeeze out as much air as possible. Marshmallow Fondant will keep well in refrigerator for several weeks.
When not working with fondant, make sure to keep it covered with plastic wrap or in a bag to prevent it from drying out. When ready to use, knead fondant until smooth then roll out.