How to Make Gum Paste

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A simple recipe for gum paste. Learn about using sugar gum paste dough to make flowers in this free crafting video.

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I'm about to show you how you can make gum paste from scratch. And to do that you are going to need a heavy duty mixer with the paddle attachment, and 4 egg whites, and tylose powder. And tylose powder is a food grade gum. And you can find it at cake supply stores or at an online source. This is the ingredient that will actually give stability to your flowers or anything you are making with gum paste. And it also helps it to hold up in humidity better. It also gives it a whiter color. Then you'll need 2 pounds of powdered sugar, minus 1 cup set aside. So we're going to start by putting the egg whites into the mixer, and we're going to break those up for about 10 seconds on high speed. All right, we're going to bring our mixer slowly back down on slow, and we're going to slowly add our powdered sugar. And we're going to turn this mixer up to medium and we're going to let that mix for about 2 minutes. Now for 2 minutes we're going to turn this back down to low and take our tylose powder and sprinkle that in. There goes my timer. We're going to turn that back up to high just for a minute and that will thicken it. So before we dump that out on our powdered sugar surface we want to make sure we grease our hands with shortening. And what we're going to do is take our gum paste out, its good and thick and very doughy. We're going to kneed all of this together. Scrape it all out. Make sure your hands are well greased, and we're going to kneed all of this together. Incorporating all of this 1 cup of sugar we had set aside. Your dough should be soft and not sticky. Its not necessary to use all of the sugar, you actually want to pinch it and see when its soft and not sticky. And this actually looks very good. So when you've got it to that point where its soft and not sticky you're going to put it in a plastic bag and put it in the refrigerator for 24 hours so it can mature. So this goes into the refrigerator to mature and when you're ready to use it, you take it out and bring it to room temperature. And it'll be ready to use. And that's how you make home made gum paste.

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