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Old 07-26-2009, 08:50 PM   #1
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Making fondant at home/marble stone

Hey everyone... I want to experiment a little with fondant and found a simple recipe to make at home.

Its basically melting alot of sugar in water with cream of tartar until it reaches 240 and pouring it on a marble slab.

My question is on the marble slab... what does it do and is it really required? The recipe says to use a pastry scrapper to work with it as it cools. Can I use another material instead of marble? Would something like a cookie sheet work ok? I am just wondering if this is something I can work around until I can go get a piece somewhere (not sure where though).

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Old 07-26-2009, 09:19 PM   #2
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I don't know about fondant, but marble is required with some candy making because it regulates the temperature of the mixture, and it doesn't stick while drawing off the heat. I don't know that there is an adequate substitute unless perhaps a Silicone pad on a stainless steel counter might have the same effect!?!?
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Old 07-26-2009, 09:48 PM   #3
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The stone is cold and cools the fondant as you work it. Because of its thickness it can draw out a lot of heat. I'm sure it doesn't have to be marble, granite or other stone will work. A cookie sheet can start out cold but will warm up quickly because of its mass.
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I may be wrong, but granite or other stone is too porous. Marble has a tight crystaline structure that, when polished, gives it a low-stick/non stick property.
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I may be wrong, but granite or other stone is too porous. Marble has a tight crystaline structure that, when polished, gives it a low-stick/non stick property.

The engineered stones are non-porous and harder than natural stones. They should be fine.
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Thank you everyone for your responses. I guess I need to take a trip to Home Depot/Lowes and see if I can find a 18"x18" marble tile.

Thanks again for all your input!
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Thank you everyone for your responses. I guess I need to take a trip to Home Depot/Lowes and see if I can find a 18"x18" marble tile.

Thanks again for all your input!

You might want to try a business that does marble counter tops. They may have an odd piece they would sell you.
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The engineered stones are non-porous and harder than natural stones. They should be fine.
I got a 12x12 piece of marble tile today... I figured it was a good way to start. I wanted to ask about the granite. Im assuming that the surface has to be real smooth, but what is the worse that would happen if I used a piece of Granite? I did see some 18x18 pieces of Granite that may work.
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The worst that could happen is your candy could stick to it. I wouldn't worry about fondant, but hot candy syrup, such as that used to make peanut brittle or taffy, it might make a difference - not having tried other stone surfaces, I'm not sure. My marble surface I use is 12x12x1 and I've found that an adequate size (and weight! It was a leather worker's carving surface.)
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P.S. I use a sheet of rubber shelf liner (it looks like little beads - Wal-Mart carries it) under the marble to keep it from moving around while kneading.
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