Suggestions For Making Royal Icing Taste Good?

Baking By tsal Updated 15 Feb 2013 , 3:13am by mariel9898

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tsal Posted 14 Feb 2013 , 5:13pm
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I find the taste of royal icing cloyingly sweet.  I used to make my RI with meringue powder and it tasted good, but now that I cannot get that meringue powder anymore (without ridiculous shipping costs), I'm stuck making it with fresh egg whites.  Here is the recipe i use:


Redpath royal icing:


1 kg bag of Redpath Icing Sugar

4 large egg whites

1 tsp (5 mL) cream of tartar


I added a tsp of lemon extract to it to give it a hint of flavor and it was alright but I'd like to find something better.



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Margaret393 Posted 14 Feb 2013 , 7:27pm
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Hi tsal


Try adding 1 teaspoon of CLEAR vanilla extract (Wilton's brand has a good flavour) or 1 teaspoon of NATURAL almond essence is another option. As both of these are clear flavourings, won't change icing colour - if you want to keep it white.


The addition of cream of tartar and lemon juice - both help to STABILISE the icing. Use Pasteurised egg whites which are safer. Make up a small amount of your RI  recipe as above - adding the lemon juice, but without the cream of tartar - and compare taste.


Hope this helps!


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tsal Posted 14 Feb 2013 , 10:35pm
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I do use pasteurized egg whites - I will try the lemon without the cream of tartar and see if it tastes better!



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sewsugarqueen Posted 15 Feb 2013 , 2:14am
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i add a good quality vanilla to ri,,,but if you want super white you have to use clear vanilla.  I don't think fake vanilla tastes as good as real so I live with an off white royal icing.

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mariel9898 Posted 15 Feb 2013 , 3:13am
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If you can't find meringue powder, try using powdered egg whites such as Deb-El which can be found in most supermarkets.

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