I’m easily distracted. If I see geese on the side of the road while driving, heaven help me… A cat? The world could just melt away. My kid throwing some irresistibly cute face at me when I’m supposed to be lecturing about not smearing peanut butter in the heater vents? Forgotten.
And that explains why so little has been accomplished as of late since I’ve started playing with gourmet fondant recipes. It’s not easy for me to refocus once I get my mind around experimenting and pushing the limits with a recipe or technique. But that has lead to some pretty awesome discoveries…
Especially my Gourmet Vanilla Bean Bourbon Fondant and my Gourmet Real Strawberry Fondant. These fondants are homemade beginning with this recipe from Artisan Cake Company and then tweaked to take “meh, it’s fondant” to “WOW! That’s fondant?!?”
But this newest addition to my Gourmet, Homemade Fondant Recipe collection is Blueberry (with a hint of almond)! And before we go a step further, can I tell you that the color you see is 100% natural?!?! No food dyes of any kind in there. Just blueberries. No wonder they stain your shirt… Those things are potent!
Let’s also address the specs from the berries… So what? Au naturale is in style and to be able to tout that you have gourmet, homemade naturally colored and flavored fondant will win over even the pickiest of fondant critics. Seriously, this stuff is snackable! I’ve been asked about the specs and if they make the fondant tough at all…
Nope. This fondant stays soft and supple and is beautiful for covering with (draping or paneling)! I have a couple tips at the bottom of this post as well…
That kind of looks like a goose laying down.
*sigh* See? Goose = Kara distraction…
I have a secret… The blueberries are natural, organic, and freeze dried (not dehydrated – they will not work the same). When ground into a fine powder with a spice grinder or coffee grinder they are easily incorporated into the homemade fondant recipe and result in a stunningly beautiful and mouthwateringly delicious accompaniment to your cakes.
Blueberry fondant and lemon cake? They are best buds.
So this is how you go about making this magical stuff…
First click here and check out this recipe for homemade fondant. It’s from Liz Marek of Artisan Cake Company and it’s the base for all of my gourmet fondants that you’ll be introduced to. Her Youtube video is below, but definitely visit her website for more great stuff! All of the flavor inclusions I supply for you are in addition to the standard recipe laid out on Liz’s blog and my notes below will show you when and how to add these flavoring components.
Blueberry Almond Gourmet Fondant
- 1 package natural, organic freeze dried blueberries (pulverized to a powder in a spice grinder)
- 1.5 tsp natural almond extract or emulsion
- 1 extra teaspoon water
- 2 Tablespoons corn syrup (necessary for pliability – yes. necessary)
Pulverize your blueberries before anything else and immediately sift them with your powdered sugar, just like with my gourmet strawberry fondant recipe. They should be placed in the sifter at the same time as the sugar so they fully incorporate and to prevent the blueberry powder from clumping.
Add the almond, additional water, and corn syrup to the liquid part of the original recipe.
*Tip – make this at least one day ahead so the flavor and color has time to develop. You’d be AMAZED at how brilliant this flavor is and how rich the color!
**Tip #2 – Roll this out then use the underside (the side that was against your table) to be the top/outer finish to the cake. It’s smoother.
Lastly, come back here and share your creations with me. Tell me how your used these delicious fondants and what cakes you paired them with. They are going to change the way the cake world (and cake eating world) sees fondant. Be part of the #fondantrevolution!
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