Wednesday, August 20, 2008

got icing?

Just a little peek at the icing I made last night. One of the things I love about royal icing is that is can be made ahead of time. I've heard a week or more, but I never plan that well. This icing is for cookies I'm making today and tomorrow.

Once the icing is made and tinted, I press a sheet of plastic wrap on top of the icing, then cover and refrigerate. When I'm ready to use it, I just bring it to room temperature.
....and here's my helper sneaking into a picture of goodies from a trip to the bakery supply store. I am so happy to have a stash of my beloved Ateco meringue powder! I hate that Sur La Table quit carrying it! Ooooo...and I was really excited to find black non-pareils! :)

10 comments:

  1. What a cute helper you have there. Wow that is alot of icing how many cookies are you making? I can't wait to see the final pictures :)

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  2. 2 questions: Can you use the squeeze bottles for outlining the cookies neatly? And, what is the royal icing and sugar cookie recipe that you like to use the most?

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  3. Hi loveatfirstbite! Love your name! :)

    I just follow the meringue powder recipe on the container (it's always a little different based on brand)...adding a little clear extract towards the end. I prefer to use Ateco.

    Take a look at the posts tagged "livestrong" and you'll find a recipe there. :)

    Thanks!

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  4. Oh...sorry, I forgot to answer...I only use squeeze bottles for the flood icing and disposable pastry bags for outlining. :)

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  5. Do you find that your icing is clear and syruppy on the bottom of the containers? This happens to my leftovers, that just sit overnight, which is why I never make the icing ahead of time. But I also don't refrigerate it, maybe that's the reason.
    BTW if you're interested, I only use disposable bags, for every icing consistency.
    Here's a place to get them cheap and you can get bigger ones for large jobs.
    http://www.etundra.com
    They're in the baking section with decorating supplies.

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  6. the cookies turned out so cute!
    You are so creative!
    "Hi", helper!

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  7. Did you notice if Make A Cake has ivory non-pariels? I may makie a run this weekend. I am in College Station but my sister is in Houston. Its a football weekend --- so a good time to be gone. Adozeneggs -- I saw your site -- I grew up near Stowe. Its like a small town for me here! =)

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  8. Jean....I didn't notice, but they do have a lot. A little hint when you go...they have jars of non-pareils, but lower down on a shelf nearby, there are BAGS of them in more colors (I had to dig around to find the black ones). Try giving them a call...I've always found them to be very helpful. I'll bet they could tell you. :)

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  9. Laura...thanks for that link for the bags. I'm going to check that.

    My icing doesn't get that syrup-y "stuff" in the refrigerator. Maybe that is the secret! :)

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  10. Hi!
    I was looking through some of your older posts and saw the CK (Country Kitchen) supplies and had to look where you are located. Country Kitchen is my "go-to" place for candy/baking supplies and I am fortunate enough to the original store in my hometown.

    Love your cookies and all the photos and tips you share. I just thought it was fun that even though we are miles apart we had that fun little bond.

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