Thursday, October 22, 2009

October showers bring gum flowers...

It's another rainy fall day! The tree right outside my window has bright yellow leaves--
they're breathtaking!


There's something tragically beautiful about fall...

Today I made gumpaste flowers.
People often ask what's in Gumpaste flowers... Honestly, despite making batches of it, I didn't really know.  Glucose, Gum-tex, and powdered sugar... but what does that mean?

Checked the ingredients (correction: ingredient) on glucose and it's just corn syrup! Say what?!

Gum-Tex's ingredient is Karaya Gum. According to an ever-so-reliable source (Wikipedia), Karaya Gum is made from trees of the genus Sterculia. Hm... interesting.

But dyed, rolled...



...and dried, they make beautiful decoration for cakes and cupcakes! And kids just LOVE eating them!


Also made some rolls in the bread-maker today... So simple and yet so delicious!


1 c. scalded milk
4 Tb. butter
1 egg
3 1/2 c. flour
4 Tb. sugar
1 ts. salt
2 scant ts. yeast

Put first 5 ingredients in bread machine in order given. Pour salt around the outside edges of the ingredients. Make a well in the dry ingredients and pour in yeast. Set for the mix and first rise cycle, then knead on a floured board and form into approx. 15 rolls. Bake at 375 for 12-15 minutes.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Leigh! Your rolls look great! I believe you can use warm milk instead of scalded...a lot of the old recipes include scalded to kill the enzymes that prevent the yeast from working best. Pastuerization takes care of that now :)