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Antionia74 royal icing advice

post #1 of 30
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I'm finally trying the much-praised Antioia74 RI. I followed directions (I think) and it's turned out the consistency of whipped cream or that fluffy marshmellow stuff in a jar. Did I do something wrong?
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post #2 of 30
I made it last week and I just had to add a bunch of water to thin it down. Once I did though, it was perfect! It even tasted good! It's the first royal icing recipe that I have EVER liked!!

The only thing for me was -- I put down an outline in thicker RI and the outline was very noticeable when I filled in with a thinner RI. It doesn't have anything to do with her recipe.. it's just what I did.

I'm just thinking that the other cookies I look at don't have that. I'm thinking next time I will make the outline in the same consistency as what I actually ice the entire cookie with..so that it will blend.

Any cookie experts out there that can tell me if that's what you do?

Thanks!!
post #3 of 30
Antonia's is the best royal I have tried. It does come out like fluff after it is mixed. You just need to add water, a little bit at a time, until it is the consistancy you want for flooding your cookies-I like mine around pancake batter consistancy.
post #4 of 30
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Thanks. I have posted pics I did today with it, they look terrible, but have to do. Next time I will add less PS and mix on low.
Yankeegal, I outlined with it, it was very thick, so i decided to use a different color to flood, and I watered it down, although not enough on some.
Cylstrial, I had resisted using it because I was not totally pleased with a different RI recipe I had used before I discovered Toba's glace. But, I have to say, I did like the taste of this antonia's, and TracyLH swears by it, so I wanted to give it a shot.
Thanks!!
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post #5 of 30
Shiney,

It sounds like I might be mixing mine wrong, because mine doesn't get fluffy (it becomes a thicker consistency though) and if Yankeegal says hers does, you might want to bypass what I said as she knows a lot more than I do! icon_biggrin.gif
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post #6 of 30
hi shiney, i love your flubs!! hehe its cool to see that you posted those on there. they actually aren't that bad tho. in comparison to mine, hehehe. your work is so awesome and so is TracyLH, sweetdreamsAT. love to look at all the cookies. icon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gif
post #7 of 30
I think you did a great job Shiney icon_smile.gif !! And its always great when someone shares their trials and tribulations here - we all learn something!

I personally think that RI (no matter the recipe) sometimes has a mind of its own. The marshmallow fluff consistency that you described, even when I water it down, is harder for me to work with. I don't mix my recipe as long as antonia74's calls for, but I still get that fluffy texture sometimes... and then I know it will take me longer to decorate with it.
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post #8 of 30
Can you guy post this recipe you're talking about? I would love to try it!! Thanks!!
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When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.
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post #10 of 30
Okay, it isn't just me! (That is what I love about this board!). When mine got 'fluffy' I had more difficult time working with it. Thanks for posting that SweetDreamsAT so I know I am not the only one!
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post #11 of 30
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Angelatx, thank you so much for the kind comments. I'm so glad others see my cookies differently than I do! icon_smile.gif
I have to say hats off to TracyLH who has told me more than once that Antonia74 RI Rocks, and I was resisting...But, I do love it. Completley different than the RI recipe I used previous. And actually tastes good.

I've have been in search of shiney cookies, then this morning I had a 'duh' moment. It is all powders and water, when it drys, what is it? Dried powder...duh!
I put in 2 lb bag of PS, then another cup (wasn't sure what how much the .25 equalled), and beat the hell out of it for 10 minutes. So, I will lessen the PS, and beat gently for 10 minutes. Should be good to go. Actually the green frame on one of my square cookies was cool, I liked the puffyness of it. It was my flooding that I had trouble with, and LOVED the way I could write with it....and guess what, Tracy....No hollow dots and writing! Yippee!!!!
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post #12 of 30
Whoo hoo, Shiney! (If someone hasn't guessed, Shiney and I have been PM-ing back and forth about the intricacies of RI icon_biggrin.gif ). Tell us how the next batch goes and I don't know about everyone else, but first whisking I do by hand, being careful not to overdo it. Once that cream of tartar is done, I use the paddle attachment on the mixer on low (no higher) for the 10 min. Watch it and if it starts to look too thick, add water before it starts to get to that fluffy stage. But again... that is just me.

You are off to a great start! Whoo hoo! No hollow dots! thumbs_up.gif
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Well this thread tickles me pink! icon_wink.gif
post #14 of 30
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Antonia74, would love to hear your take on the fluffy business.
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post #15 of 30
That would be great! We should have asked the Queen in the first place! icon_biggrin.gif
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