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Royal Icing frustration!!!

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So I've made royal icing a fair few times before, but more last year and my memory is bad.

I am now staying in south africa, so at the baking supply store i got some meringue powder called actiwhite. I used the following recipe:

2 lbs {1bag} confectioners sugar
1/3 c. plus one tablespoon meringue powder
about 3/4c. water

I did this and instead of taking 6 or 7 minutes to form stiff peaks it took 30 seconds! It was super light and creamy just like meringue and not royal icing... So I carried on beating it and nothing changed, I decided to add little bits of water as i was getting angry and thought it might work. I didnt. I piped out a few lines and it didn't set. After 10 minutes the lines would crumble and be almost dusty when i pressed them.

So I did some research on actiwhite and the only information i could find was that
1tsp actiwhite + 2tsp water = 1 egg white

So I thought i would take a recipe using egg whites and sub in the actiwhite. this didnt work either. It kind of did the same thing.

I have wasted so much icing sugar now. And i desperately need to make a batch of good royal icing to decorate some cookies!!!!!!!

I phoned the baking shop to ask if actiwhite was the same as other meringue powders and the lady said yes, so i asked if she knew a recipe and she was quite rude and very unhelpful and told me no and said goodbye.

please help meeeeeeeeee ! icon_cry.gif
post #2 of 5
Hi i think actiwhite is the same as meriwhite here in uk, for royal icing i use 1 teaspoon of meriwhite to 1 table spoon of water, then just keep adding icing/confectioers sugar till i get the right consistancy. Hope this helps xx icon_smile.gif
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post #3 of 5
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Hi maggie,

What is your method? do you whip the meriwhite with the water first? then add the sugar? or do you mix the meriwhite with the sugar until combined and then beat in the water?

do you have a rough idea of how much icing sugar you usually use?

x
post #4 of 5
http://www.homestyle-cookie-recipes.com/royal-icing-recipe.html
Royal Icing Recipe using Actiwhite
3 rounded teaspoons Actiwhite
70 ml / 2 fl oz cold water water
4 cups / 500 g / 1 lb sifted confectioners / icing sugar
1.You will need a small glass container with a lid. Place Actiwhite and cold water into the glass container, replace lid and shake until it is well mixed together. Let it stand for 20 minutes.
2.Place the sifted confectioners sugar into a large bowl of an electric mixer and add the Actiwhite mixture. Beat until the icing becomes firm and fluffy. This may take a few minutes.
3.As you will need to let the icing stand to allow time for the air bubbles to dissipate, store the icing immediately in an airtight container.
4.When you need to use the icing, simply place a small amount in a bowl and beat by hand. Royal icing can be stored in the fridge indefinitely.
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Originally Posted by katefarquharson

Hi maggie,

What is your method? do you whip the meriwhite with the water first? then add the sugar? or do you mix the meriwhite with the sugar until combined and then beat in the water?

do you have a rough idea of how much icing sugar you usually use?

x



Hi yes i whip my meriwhite and water first, then add the sugar xx
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