How to Choose Gold Leaf for Baking or Candy Making

Gold leaf is a specialist item for the baker or candy maker. It has some special requirements to ensure it's safe, so here are some suggestions for choosing it.

Steps

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    Look for edible gold leaf. This will come in 22 and 24 karat amounts. Avoid using any other type of gold leaf because it will contain heavy metals (toxic) and they will only contain 12 percent gold.
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    Choose between the two types of gold leaf. Gold leaf comes as either patent or loose. What you need will depend on what you're using it for:
    • Patent: This is thick. It needs to be cut using a knife or scissors.
    • Loose: This is thin. It is ideal for candy making and to use for decorating.
    • Gold leaf can also come in a pre-prepared design such as a flower, shell, or butterfly shape attached to transfer paper.
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    Handle gold leaf with care. It dissolves easily when in contact with moisture and this includes the natural moisture on your hands. Always use a natural bristle brush to move the gold leaf from its container to where you want to use it. Store the Gold leaf where it should be. Try storing it stored in a cool, dry place.

Tips

  • Gold leaf can be found in artist's supply stores, cake making suppliers and candy making suppliers.

Things You'll Need

  • Gold leaf
  • Appropriate storage container

Sources and Citations

  • Carole Bloom, Truffles, Candies & Confections, p. 10, (2004), ISBN 1-58008-621-7 – research source

Article Info

Categories: Baking | Chocolate and Candy