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Suggestions for making Royal Icing taste good?

post #1 of 5
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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.

 

Suggestions?

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post #2 of 5

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!

Margaret393

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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!

 

Thanks!

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post #4 of 5

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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post #5 of 5

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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