Royal Icing Snowflakes by Rose Levy Beranbaum
Everyone loves to nibble on these delights!
Rose: "They take hours to make, but the results are pure magic and provide the most exquisite Christmas tree and wreath decorations. The snowflakes can also be made as permanent ornaments with an inedible substance."
Rose Beranbaum herself uses weight measurements for her baking, but she also provides volume measurements in pounds/ounces as well as in grams. I recall her dire warning in the Cake Bible: do not mix and match measures - pick one and stick to it throughout the recipe. :-)
- large egg whites - 1/4 liquid cup (or 3 ounces or 90 grams)
- 4 c
- powdered sugar, lightly spooned into the cup (or 1 pound or 460 grams)
- large egg whites - 1/4 liquid cup (or 2 ounces or 60 grams)
- 1/2 c
- coarse sugar crystals (or 3.5 ounces or 100 grams)
- - 4 inch snowflake templates. she provides these in the cookbook, but you'll have to draw your own.
- - parchment paper
- - reclosable gallon size freezer bag or pastry bag, fitted with a coupler and number 8 (3/8 inch diameter) decorating tube
- - small, clean paintbrush
PIPE THE SNOWFLAKES AT LEAST 24 HOURS BEFORE REMOVING THEM FROM THE PARCHMENT
TO MAKE YOUR ROYAL ICING USING MERINGUE POWDER INSTEAD OF EGG WHITES AS DIRECTED ABOVE: Replace the egg whites with 3 tablespoons of meringue powder and 3 fluid ounces (or 6 tablespoons) of warm water; this is approximately the amount of water contained in the eggs. Proceed as for basic Royal Icing. Keeps 2 weeks in an airtight container at room temperature. Rebeat slightly.
Place the templates on a counter and place round pieces of parchment paper (about 6" in diameter) on top of them. Tape them to the counter in a few places so that they do not slip while you are piping the snowflakes.
Follow the outline of each template. First pipe the long 'legs' of the flake, starting at the outside perimeter and stopping at the center. Use the the paintbrush, dipped in water, to smooth and irregularities in the icing. Remove the tape and slip out the template to use for other snowflakes.