What you need:
cream of tartar
Cacao butter as release agent and a brush
No stick pan
wooden spoon for stirring
Replicas of (our) Springerle cookie molds
a flexible food save silicone baking mat
a hair dryer
sharp kitchen scissors
food save plastic gloves
Pour the ISOMALT in a none stick frying pan. Don't worry about the amount - you can remelt material not used up.
Stir it with a wooden spoon until it is melted.
ISOMALT will be clear when melted.
Lothar poured some vegetable oil on the silicone mat. I will do more testing to find out wether this is really necessary. Because he did the first kneading of the melted and still hot ISOMALT by using this mat. I will try to specify a suitable mat.
I will clarify the need of using oil
This is a good exercise for your hands!
Please keep going with twisting the ISOMALT or stretching it. This makes it more shiny and attractive looking.
Lothar did not get tired
Cutting the rolled ISOMALT in suitable pieces
Lothar is brushing the molds with cacao butter for easy release of the ornamental candy
Lothar used the hair dryer also on the ISOMALT.
It should be so warm that you can press it easily into the mold. Remove it immediately and avoid to bend or deform it too much.
This process needs also more testing because it will affect the appearance of your work.
As you can see our first test samples are not perfect and need improvement!
I believe that using ISOMALT to create edible art work or crafts is a very promising new use of our Springerle cookie molds.
All the fine details will be shown on these unique decorations for many occasions.
Place the ISOMALT in a none stick frying pan
Your edible art work will be clear when you do not add food coloring. We added white food coloring because the clear edible ornaments did not show up very well on the pictures despite the fact that they are gorgeous.
Lothar also added a little bit of cream of tartar to inhibit the formation of crystals. Please check the Internet for helpful information about cream of tartar!
Add the food coloring of your choice - follow the applicable instructions
Lothar wrapped the mat around the hot ISOMALT an started kneading it.
If you suffer from arthritis make candies instead of using hat wax on your hands!
One time Lothar used a microwave for a few seconds to warm up the ISOMALT.
Lothar finally decided " enough is enough"
Some of the used Springerle cookie molds
He carefully warmed up the mold with a hair dryer. Please do not damage the molds by applying too much heat!
Flatten it carefully before it becomes too hard
This seems to me to be the most difficult part of making attractive ornaments. Don't destroy details of the motive and maintaining at the same time the shape.
In addition you must trim the ornament as longs as it is still flexible with sharp kitchen scissors. I will make test using a knife, cookie cutters etc. to determine the best way. Please share your experience with us! Thanks.