Wednesday, December 22, 2010


Pastillage is a sugar paste which you must work very quickly because Pastillage dries up very quick and hardens well which it can be used to make strong structural pieces. Pastillage works well for making sugar flowers Pastillage can be used to make bases, supports, stands and replicas. It can also be colored or painted. most of the time Pastillage is confuse with Gumpaste the difference between Gumpaste and Pastillage is that Gumpaste recipes vary but typically involve gum tragacanth, making it not as sturdy as Pastillage. Because of the added gum, the dough is very elastic and soft, making it able to be rolled out thinner and worked with longer than Pastillage. Both will hold up fairly well in humidity, but gum paste will soften slightly, as it will if it touches Buttercream because of its fat content or if it's refrigerated.


2 lbs of powdered sugar (sifted)
5 Tbsp of water
4 Tbsp of lemon juice
2 Tsp of glucose
5 Tsp of plain gelatin

*Step One*


Combine the water and lemon juice sprinkle in the gelatin and stir well and set aside for a few minutes till it becomes thick. Melt this mixture over a double boiler at medium heat until it dissolves, Then add the glucose and stir well then remove from heat let it cool till its lukewarm.

*Step Two*


Meanwhile sift the powdered sugar in a bowl and make a well in the center then pour the syrup and mix with a large plastic spoon from the inside to the outside. Grease your hands and knead until it has the consistency of bread dough. Add more sugar if necessary. Keep it in a plastic bag in an airtight container.

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