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fondant

[fon-duh nt; French fawn-dahn] /ˈfɒn dənt; French fɔ̃ˈdɑ̃/
noun
1.
a thick, creamy sugar paste, the basis of many candies.
2.
a candy made of this paste.
Origin
1875-1880
1875-80; < French: literally, melting, present participle of fondre to melt, found3
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Examples for fondant
  • Fill an oiled border-mould with three layers of melted fondant.
  • Shareable treats include warm chocolate fondant and apple tarts, which guests may partner with dessert wines.
  • It was handmade from sugar syrup, fondant, and marshmallows.
  • Make some grey-colored fondant for the base and white for the body.
  • But layered with sturdy puff pastry and capped with a distinctive fondant hat.
  • The chef's signature dishes are snails and garlic ravioli or confit leg of duck with fondant potatoes.
  • End with the chocolate fondant with jalapeño peppers or, if available, the dreamy lemon soufflé.
  • fondant can be made at home from scratch or readymade varieties can be purchased from baking supply shops.
British Dictionary definitions for fondant

fondant

/ˈfɒndənt/
noun
1.
a thick flavoured paste of sugar and water, used in sweets and icings
2.
a sweet made of this mixture
adjective
3.
(of a colour) soft; pastel
Word Origin
C19: from French, literally: melting, from fondre to melt, from Latin fundere; see found³
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Word Origin and History for fondant
n.

1877, from French fondant, noun use of present participle of fondre "to melt" (see found (v.2)).

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Encyclopedia Article for fondant

confection of sugar, syrup, and water, and sometimes milk, cream, or butter, that is cooked and beaten so as to render the sugar crystals imperceptible to the tongue. The candy is characteristically glossy white in colour, velvety in texture, and plastic in consistency.

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