Sammy the Seal

Floral-themed pulled sugar showpiece

In delicious on Tuesday, 18 March, 2014 at 21:25

pulled sugar showpiece 1

A small one, anyway. This is almost three weeks old. I took a continuing education sugar class taught by one of my chefs, for kicks, to expand my horizons, etc. Fun, but also painstaking. I thought it would be rough on my baby-smooth hands (this is hot sugar– isomalt to be precise– after all), as the one or two times I’d handled it previously in the lab in previous quarters, it was ouch. Most of the pain came from the friction of manipulating, or “kneading” big hunks of sugar. The heat didn’t bother me much.

pulled sugar showpiece 2

We didn’t pour our own bases, but the rest we each did it all. Pulled rose, crocus, dogwood, branches, and leaves. The stones are pastillage, which we didn’t make, but we did shape, paint, and glaze them.

pulled sugar showpiece 3

Good thing it all looks nice together, as the individual detail (read: petals) were unpolished. I got the hang of it, only after lots of practice and asking for advice after the fact. It was all so simple. So much wasted time. Oh well.

These last photos are pretty much the same as the others, though at inferior angles, but what the hell, it looks pretty.

pulled sugar showpiece 4

pulled sugar showpiece 5

pulled sugar showpiece 6


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