23 de marzo de 2016

EASTER COOKIE ROYAL ICING With Meringue Powder RECIPE FOR TODAY

How to Make Royal Icing With Meringue Powder

FROM creativesavingsblog.com
Step 1: Mix meringue powder and water in the bowl of a stand mixer. Whisk until slightly foamy.
There are a lot of recipes that say you must use a paddle attachment, and then there are those who say use the whisk. I’m not sure it matters, as I’ve tried it both ways, but I lean towards the whisk for mixing, and a paddle for colors if I need to.
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If you don’t have meringue powder, you can just as easily find it on Amazon, or buy it at a local craft store. 
Step 2: Add in powdered sugar and cream of tarter, and mix on low speed for 10 minutes. The icing should take on a matte-like appearance.
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Step 3: Transfer icing into separate containers based on how many colors or consistencies you want to use. You want a fairly stiff consistency for piping the outlines and decorating the tops of each cookie, and a more watery consistency for “flooding” the inside.
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Step 4: Add a tsp at a time of warm water to the stiffest consistency that you want to use for outline and decorating, and stir by hand until fully incorporated {although sometimes I cheat and keep it in the bowl if I’m doing just one color}. Keep the lids of the other containers securely closed so the icing doesn’t harden and dry out.
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When adding color, use gel icings rather than liquid, as they tend to set better. Only use a little at a time until you reach the color desired.
Step 5: Using a pastry bag, pipe around the edges of each cookie {I like to use Wilton tip #3}. Hold the tip close to the surface and slowly, but smoothly, follow the shape of the cookie. The farther away from the cookie you are, the more squiggle lines you will have!
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Step 6: Store tip down in a glass with just a little bit of water in the bottom to keep it from drying out. You will use these later for decorating.
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Step 7: Add a tsp at a time of warm water to the other consistencies to water down and use for “flooding” each cookie. You want it to be thin enough so that the icing drips off the spoon easily and then smooths in with what’s in the bowl within 5-7 seconds. If you make the icing too thin, just add more powdered sugar to thicken it up again.
Let icing sit for at least 10 minutes, then stir with a spoon to pop any bubbles that may have formed.
Step 8: Transfer icing to a squeeze bottle and “flood” the inside area of each cookie, pushing the icing around edges with the tip of the bottle, and filling in holes where needed. Allow to set at least 1-2 hours.
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Step 9: Use the remainder of the thicker icing for piping decorations on top of the cookies, again, using Wilton tip #3. Let dry for about an hour, or until hardened, then pack carefully into a tupperware container, or into individually packaged treat bags for gifting.