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Old 02-26-2008, 08:33 PM   #1
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Question Dessert Adhesive?

I'm looking for suggestions on something to use for an adhesive in a dessert sculpture I'm planning, preferably something primarily transparent.

My basic concept is a marzipan "Katamari" with almonds and marzipan-sculpted debris stuck to it. For those unfamiliar with Katamary Damacy, it's basically just a lumpy sort of ball at the center, with all sorts of things stuck to it in what is generally considered to be a spheroid shape.

If no one has any ideas I'll have to experiment until I find something that works, and that'll be messy and time consuming.

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Old 02-27-2008, 03:40 AM   #2
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What about using gelatin sheets not fully dissolved? Or fully dissolving the sheets but only in a small amount of water and using it as a glaze over the lot to secure it in place? No idea if this will work, just a thought.
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Old 02-27-2008, 03:48 AM   #3
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I wonder if ChefJune would know?
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If you want something transparent find some isomalt sugar and , and I think you'd want to cook it to the hard ball stage. Isomalt takes on the same textural properties as normal sugar when cooked, but doesn't brown until 400-something degrees.
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Old 02-27-2008, 10:45 PM   #5
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Isomalt would work if not for my worries about the intended recipient, who has a history of gastrointestinal frailty. That's actually how he came upon his fondness for almonds and marzipan. I was thinking maybe a glaze or something I could brush on to the elements I'm crafting, chiefly animals and objects out of marzipan and almonds.

It doesn't really NEED to be transparent, I just didn't want to use something completely opaque if I could avoid it.
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