Tomorrow we are expecting temps in the low 50s. This will be my 1st hive check of the year, beyond laying an ear to the hive to listen for the nice soft hum of the colony.
In preparation for this hive check, I have made fondant incase the bees have reached the top and are in need of food.
The recipe that I followed contains corn syrup. I prefer not to use corn syrup, but it’s needed in the recipe to make the fondant pliable. The 2 fondant pictures above, were made using the same recipe, just two different finishing methods. The 1st method gives you a hard firm candy. The 2nd method gives you a softer Fondant.
Fondant for 1 hive
- 4c sugar
- 4T corn syrup
- Juice of 1/2 lemon in a 1 cup measuring cup
- Water added to lemon juice until the 1c mark is reached
- Place all ingredients into large pot
- Bring to boil over medium-high heat. Be careful not to brown/caramelize the sugar, this is bad for the bees.
- Place top onto pot and let boil for 3 minutes – this melts all sugar crystals, any sugar crystal left will crystalize the fondant
- Remove top and boil until the sugar mixture reach 248 degrees.
- Removed from heat and place into mixer
- When sugar mixture reaches 180 degrees
- Beat mixture until it is white and cool.
- At this point, Method 1: scrape fondant/ candy into a pan lined with wax paper
- OR, Method 2: wet your hands and knead the fondant on a board sprinkled with water
Making fondant is very hard on your mixer and will heat up the motor. In addition, the fondant is difficult to get out of the bowl, since it has a tendency to stick to the sides. If you have any suggestions on how to deal with this, please let me know so I can give it a try.
I think you will find this recipe easy to make and it’s also deliciously sweet. But beware if you are not careful, it will probably remove your fillings.
If you give this recipe a try, let me know what you think.
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