I found this fondant recipe on the internet. I don't think that it has anything that will hurt the bees. I'll skip the almond extract. What do you guys and gals thing about the gelatin in there?
I had to move my bees and they are in a lousy place. I already fed each of my two hives about 20 lbs of sugar in the form of 2+ to 1 sugar water, and some pollen substitute but they feel light. It is too cold to feed syrup as I am worried about it dripping on them and chilling and killing them since I feed with one gallon jars inverted and mounted directly over the cluster through an appropriately sized hole in a sheet of plywood. So I was thinking about fondant.
Ingredients required to make the fondant recipe:
* 1 Tbsp of unflavored gelatin
* 1/4 cup of cold water
* 1 tsp of almond extract
* 1/2 cup of light corn syrup (If a corn syrup is not available, you can substitute it with a sugar syrup made with 1-1/4 cups sugar and 1/3 cup water, boiled together until syrupy)
* 1 Tbsp of glycerin (some recipes say itís optional, believe me, itís a must)
* 2 lbs 10X confectionersí sugar
* 1/2 tsp of white vegetable shortening
* Sprinkle the gelatin over cold water in a small bowl and let it rest for 2 minutes to soften
* Place the bowl in a microwave for 30 seconds on High, until the gelatin dissolves
* Add the Almond extract
* Add the corn syrup and the glycerin and stir until the mixture is smooth and clear (if the mixture is not turning smooth and clear, microwave it for an additional 15 to 20 seconds on high and stir again)
* Sift 1 1/2 pounds of the sugar into a large bowl
* Make a hole in the sugar and pour the liquid mixture to it
* Stir with a wooden spoon until the mixture becomes sticky
* Sift some of the remaining 1/2 pound of sugar onto a smooth work surface and add as much of the remaining sugar as the mixture will take
* Knead the fondant, adding a little more sugar if necessary, to form a smooth, pliable mass
* Rub the vegetable shortening on your thumbs and knead it into the fondant
* Wrap the fondant in plastic wrap and place it in a tightly sealed container to prevent it from drying out
If the icing dries out and harden it can often be revived by popping it into a microwave oven for a few seconds and then kneading it back to life
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