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How to Make Edible Sugar Lace from Scratch

I am sharing with you how I make my sugar lace from scratch. I’ve tried a few different recipes before but this gives the best result. I love how flexible and soft the laces are. This recipe is adapted from Lea’s Cooking. I added clear lemon (and sometimes vanilla) extract to the paste as the lace tasted pretty bland (I actually think it smelled a bit odd).
這是EC使用的自製蕾絲糖霜粉配方,此配方做出來的蕾絲十分柔軟有彈性,是EC試過幾個綱上蕾絲食譜中最好的。配方修改自Lea’s Cooking,因為蕾絲本身是沒有任何味道的(拿起來嗅一下甚至是怪怪的),所以EC在配方中添加了檸檬香油(有時是雲尼拿油)增添香氣。

The following are my four tips when it comes to cake lace preparation. Firstly, be patient and stir the mixture slowly and long enough in order to get rid of any lumps. Secondly, make thicker lace by applying two coats of lace mixture. The thicker the lace, the stronger and prettier it will be. Thirdly, add glycerin to your lace mixture. The lace will come out so much more flexible and won’t tear or break easily when stretched. Last but not least, in order to save time, I do recommend that you purchase 3 to 4 mats of the same design (unless you got the big mat that is of the size of a pillow case). It is most efficient to dry the mats in a dehydrator or an oven. If not, you will need to air dry them overnight.
對於蕾絲糖花,EC認為有四個製作要點,第一,預備蕾絲糊時要有耐性,慢慢的攪拌才可避免出現顆粒。第二,蕾絲糖花墊要塗兩次蕾絲糊,蕾絲要夠厚質地才柔韌,效果亦會更漂亮。第三,配方加入食用甘油(可用Wilton的產品)方可令蕾絲變得柔軟和不易因拉扯而變形甚至斷裂。第四,為了節省時間及工夫,EC建議同一款蕾絲墊可購買三至四條(除非是使用像枕頭袋般大幅的蕾絲墊)。用乾燥機或焗爐把蕾絲快速烘乾是最方便快捷的途徑,否則蕾絲要室溫風乾一天才會乾透。


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How to Make Edible Sugar Lace from Scratch
如何自製蕾絲糖花

For 8 to 9 17 x 5 cm sugar lace mats
8至9個17 x 5 cm蕾絲糖花墊份量

Ingredients

4 Tbsp hot water
1/2 Tbsp Tylose/CMC powder
1/2 Tbsp powder sugar
1 Tbsp cornstarch
1/4 tsp meringue powder
1/4 tsp clear corn syrup
1/2 tsp glycerin
1/16 tsp clear lemon or vanilla extract
A few drops of white gel color or color of your choice

材料

熱水 4湯匙
Tylose或CMC粉 半湯匙
糖粉 半湯匙
粟粉 1湯匙
蛋白粉 1/4茶匙
粟膠 1/4茶匙
食用甘油 半茶匙
檸檬或雲尼拿油(無色) 1/16茶匙
白色色膏(或自選顔色) 少許

Directions 做法

In a small bowl mix tylose powder with hot water. Keep stirring with a chopstick until mixture has no lumps. Be patient as this may take a while. Just keep mixing.
小碗內放Tylose粉,加入熱水用筷子拌匀,混合物很容易結塊,因此攪拌過程要有耐性慢慢的混合。

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Add powdered sugar and cornstarch and mix till combined. Then gradually stir in the meringue powder, corn syrup, glycerin and extract. Again, be patient and mix slowly until mixture is smooth.
加入糖粉及粟粉慢慢攪拌均勻至無顆粒,然後逐一加入蛋白粉、粟膠、食用甘油和檸檬/雲尼拿油拌匀。

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Add in the color of your choice. I used Wilton’s White-white icing color. Your lace mixture is done! It will look like a thick paste.
之後便是調色,EC加了Wilton的純白色膏,調好色後便是漿糊狀的蕾絲糊。

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With a spatular, spread lace paste into the lace mat. Make sure all the crevices are filled in. Scrap off the excess with an offset spatular. Repeat with other mats.
用抹刀或膠刮把蕾絲糊塗滿蕾絲墊,所有縫隙也要填滿,之後用抹刀刮掉多餘的蕾絲糊,餘下的墊也塗滿。

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Place the mats in a dehydrator set on 125℉/50℃ and dry for 20 to 30 minutes or until the color looks dull. The mats can also be dried in an oven.
把蕾絲墊放在乾燥機內,以 125℉/50℃烘20至30分鐘至顏色變暗啞不黏手,沒有乾燥機可用焗爐代替。

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Remove mats from the dehydrator and apply a second coat. Scrape off excess. Dry again for 30 minutes or until the lace is no longer sticky when touched.
取出蕾絲墊,再抹上一次蕾絲糊,用抹刀刮走多剩的糊後放回乾燥機內烘半小時或至不黏手。

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After the lace is dried thoroughly, flip the mat over and peel the lace off slowly and gently.
蕾絲完全乾透後便可反轉蕾絲墊,輕手把蕾絲慢慢取出。

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(This step is optional)  For a shiny effect, I painted the lace with white pearl dust diluted in clear lemon extract (vodka would work too). Let dry.
(此步驟不做也可)為了使蕾絲更閃亮,EC在蕾絲表面塗了白色珍珠色粉,只要把色粉加透明檸檬香油(或vodka)混合成顏料,用畫筆掃上待乾便可。

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To decorate a fondant cake, brush some water onto the back of a lace then press it onto the cake. Unused lace can be stored in a plastic zip lock bag. To prevent them from sticking to each other, wrap each individually in parchment paper and they will be good for a couple of weeks.
使用時把少量水掃在蕾絲背面便可貼在翻糖蛋糕上,未使用的蕾絲可用牛油紙隔開包裹好再疊起放入密實袋保存,這樣蕾絲便不會黏在一起並可保持柔軟多個星期。

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I decorated this bridal shower cake with sugar lace for the bottom tier.
這是EC做的bridal shower蛋糕,下層以蕾絲糖花圍邊作裝飾。

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This was my 10th wedding anniversary cake I made for our party last year. The mats were dried in an oven as I didn’t own a dehydrator that time.
這是EC的十週年結婚紀念派對蛋糕,是去年的作品,那時沒有乾燥機,蕾絲是用焗爐烘乾的。

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