Edible Leather

How to make an edible leather mixture that you can brush on wafer paper or use on it's own to make flexible gelatin sheets that can be used for leaves, dragon wings, leather, etc.
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Total Time: 5 mins
Serves: 1 serving
close up of edible monstera leaves

This is the recipe I use to make my edible leather, realistic leaves, flowers, mermaid tails, and dragon wings. Just brush this over your wafer paper or even just use it on its own to make a slightly flexible gelatin sheet that doesn’t crack.

This is similar to the product flexique but is not as flexible. If you want something that will be super loose like fabric you can try using that product instead.

You can add floral wire to the painted wafer paper while it’s still wet. Don’t forget to paint over the wire to keep the wire from lifting off the wafer as it dries. Wire can be used to bend the wafer into shapes like petals, dragon wings, butterfly wings, leaves etc.

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How To Make Edible Leather

  1. Sprinkle the gelatin over the cool water and then mix until it’s just combined. Don’t overmix
  2. Allow the gelatin to bloom for 5 minutes
  3. Melt the gelatin in the microwave in 15 second increments, stirring in between, until the mixture is fully melted and you don’t see any grains of gelatin
  4. Allow the mixture to sit for 5-10 minutes so that the foam rises to the top
  5. Scoop the foam off the surface of the gelatin with a spoon and discard it. Your gelatin mixture should look fairly clear at this point and not cloudy.
  6. You can now add color to the mixture and paint it directly onto wafer paper or you can leave it clear and then paint it after it dries. I put the wafer onto plastic wrap before painting so that I can easily remove it after it dries.
  7. The wafer paper will take at least a few hours to dry depending on the humidity in your area.
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close up of edible monstera leaves

Edible Leather

How to make an edible leather mixture that you can brush on wafer paper or use on it's own to make flexible gelatin sheets that can be used for leaves, dragon wings, leather, etc.
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Prep Time: 5 mins
Total Time: 5 mins
Serves: 1 serving
Calories: 60kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 oz (113 g) cool water
  • 18 grams (18 grams) powdered gelatin
  • 10 grams (10 grams) vegetable glycerine

Instructions

  • Sprinkle the gelatin over the cool water and then mix until it's just combined. Don't overmix
  • Allow the gelatin to bloom for 5 minutes
  • Melt the gelatin in the microwave in 15 second increments, stirring in between, until the mixture is fully melted and you don't see any grains of gelatin
  • Allow the mixture to sit for 5-10 minutes so that the foam rises to the top
  • Scoop the foam off the surface of the gelatin with a spoon and discard it. Your gelatin mixture should look fairy clear at this point and not cloudy.
  • You can now add color to the mixture and paint it directly onto wafer paper or you can leave it clear and then paint it after it dries.
  • The wafer paper will take at least a few hours to dry depending on the humidity in your area.

Notes

If your gelatin mixture starts to get thick, you can reheat it for 10 seconds to melt it again. 
Store the leftover gelatin in the fridge for up to 7 days. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 60kcal (3%) | Protein: 15g (30%) | Fat: 0.02g | Saturated Fat: 0.01g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 41mg (2%) | Potassium: 3mg | Calcium: 13mg (1%) | Iron: 0.2mg (1%)
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