Confectionery mastic is loved by all chefs forits plasticity and beauty. Mastic makes it possible to create from real tasty cakes real works of art. It can be sculpted from plasticine or clay, figures of people and animals, castles and palaces, flowers and butterflies.
Only in contrast to plasticine, mastic is edible- it is made on the basis of powdered sugar and condensed milk. To decorate confectionery masterpieces you need a mastic of different colors and shades. How to paint mastic at home?
To create confectionery products, you canbuy ready-made multi-colored mastic in the store. But you can try to do everything yourself using different methods and substances. There are two main options, like mastic paint and get the perfect material for creativity:
To create a color, you can use products,which are in every house. It can be vegetables (beets, carrots), fruits and berries (orange, strawberry, raspberry, cherry, currant), strong tea or coffee, spices (saffron, curry, turmeric).
Industrial dyes on the market are also represented widely. Among them there are natural and synthetic substances.
When choosing a dye, you need to remember thatNatural juices give less saturated color and can give a taste of a certain product to mastic. Dyes purchased in the store are used in less quantity and give a bright saturated shade.
As is known, a variety of shades is obtainedby mixing the three original colors: red, yellow and blue. How to color the mastic using conventional products? To get a red color, you can prepare a beet broth or berry juice from raspberry, cherry, pomegranate, strawberry. In this case, the fruit or vegetables are cut, boiled in acidified water and squeezed out the juice. The resulting liquid can be used during the preparation of the mastic, then the color will turn out to be more saturated. Yellow color will give spices or lemon peel. To do this saffron, curry or turmeric must be diluted in a small amount of vodka or alcohol. Decoction of leafy greens, such as spinach, will give a beautiful green color. You can also simply mix the yellow and blue colors. The blue color is obtained by mixing starch with indigo root. If you take coffee or chocolate, you can get a nice brown tint. All other color solutions can be achieved by mixing the main colors.
Food colors based on natural substances can be bought in the store, but they are usually quite expensive.
Liquid dyes belong to the group of syntheticand created on a water basis. They can be used both for coloring the finished mastic, and for the aqueous solution for its preparation. The color of the mastic in this case can turn out not very bright.
Substances of this group have a thicker consistency. How to dye the mastic with dye in this case? Gels are easy to use and are well suited for beginning confectioners.
A small amount of paint (just a little bit)it is necessary to dilute in a small amount of water or vodka, mix with a piece of mastic, then mix into the bulk until a color uniformity is obtained. Gel dyes are convenient for processing small details of a confectionery masterpiece or creating holiday inscriptions. For these purposes, you can buy special markers with an edible composition.
How to paint the mastic, when there are already readyfigurines and decoration elements? A dry synthetic paint is suitable, which can be simply applied to the surface with a soft brush and get an intense bright color. There are powders with a glossy gloss effect, golden flicker or mother-of-pearl. This coloration is often used when creating wedding cakes. How to paint mastic dry dyes completely?
Like other types of food paints, powderit is necessary to mix well before obtaining a homogeneous mass. And you can use a wooden stick (for example, a toothpick). It should be placed several times first in the coloring powder, and then in the mastic. Then knead a sweet mass. The process can take a lot of time depending on the desired result.
There are general rules when working with sweet mastic when staining. How to paint the mastic, to get the real workconfectionery? In the process of selecting the shades, it is useful to use a color chart, it will help to avoid mistakes in the original colors. Also, to determine the ideal proportions of components, it is better to try a new color on a small piece. When introducing the dye into a sweet mass, it must be thoroughly mixed to obtain an even, beautiful color. But if you want to get mastic with interesting streaks, a slightly different technology is used. After each injection of the dye, the edges of the plastic mass are wrapped and continue to be kneaded. During operation, the mastic should remain soft. In the time-consuming process of creating individual figures, it is better to take small portions, wrapping the bulk in food film. It is also important to remember about the color saturation depending on which project the confectioner decided to implement. Although homemade natural dyes will give more calm shades, this is not a disadvantage. Pleasant pastel colors and full safety of use are perfect for children's cakes. Synthetic dyes are also not dangerous to health and will give an opportunity to realize the wildest dreams.
Mastery of a confectioner is akin to the art of an artistor sculpture. Of course, the beginner has a lot to learn: how to make a biscuit or cakes for a cake, how to make a delicious cream, how to paint a mastic, how to create a multi-tiered masterpiece and many other secrets. But as a result of these efforts a person takes possession of beautiful, festive and delicious art.