I have been using the Cookie Craft icing recipes for a while, but wanted to try Antonia74's, b/c it is so popular here. I got way too many bubbles though........very tiny and no way to pop them all. How do other people deal with this issue? Or maybe they don't get so many?
Maybe I should let the icing sit for awhile after thinning?
Thanks for any suggestions.
Letting the icing sit, covered, for about 15-20 minutes should help. I use a different royal icing recipe, but I have noticed that two things help to reduce the number of bubbles forming--slow speed for mixing, and if hand-mixing, being careful to keep the stirring spatula against the bottom of the bowl, not lifting it up out of the icing.
Once I have colored/thinned the icing, I let it stand for a while, pounding the bowl bottom onto the table a couple of times every five minutes or so to encourage the bubbles to rise.
Thanks redpanda! I am having so much fun with trying new recipes from CC.
After thinning it, I suggest leaving it for at least an hour with a very slightly damp (wrung-out) tea-towel overtop of the mixing bowl. When I can, I even make up the icing the night before, put the towel overtop & cover the entire bowl with a plastic grocery bag.
The next morning, the icing is completely smooth like glass and ready to tint/pipe.
Ah....advice from the master, herself!
Thanks for the tip. I will try this again. I really liked the taste of the cookies with the new icing, they just didn't look so hot!
I am making cookies next week for friend's wedding anniversary, so I'll give it a go then.
I let mine sit as well and also run a knife through it to help release the bubbles. I also tap the bowl to 'encourage' more to come to the surface.