A cone shape can be simply made using a thin plastic cutting board, or any stiff plastic.Glue or stitch to hold seam in place. A simple way to colour your paste is to mix the liquid with some dry icing sugar first, then add to the mix. Warm to keep pliable, but dont melt, as this will result in a coarse grainy texture.
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Directions Preparation:30min › Extra time:30min › Ready in:1hour
Combine last 4 ingredients in a bowl and add to icing sugar, mixing all the time. If hard to mix, warm mixture for a few seconds in microwave. Knead until smooth and pliable.
Place between two pieces of baking paper or thick plastic and roll out to 5mm. Mold onto cone. Use slightly dampened hands to seal edge if necessary or smooth wrinkles in paste.
With a pair of pointed scissors, starting at the top,slice into the paste, opening, then closing the scissors a centimeter at a time ,lifting the paste upward gently, move around and down, until the tree is complete.Leave for a few days to dry out.
This tree was so simple to make and such fun....and it looks great. Much nicer then the bought ones and edible too.Next time i will make a white one and try to attach silver cachous (balls) at the tips with egg white and maybe sprinkle it with castor sugar (to look like snow) - 05 Jan 2010