Now when it comes to icings, I am all about the buttercream (check out my blog for my Swiss Meringue Buttercream Recipe). While buttercream is great in a sandwich cookie or as a dip for sugar cookies, it is not optimal for decorating as it remains soft and will squish and smudge. For detailed decorating you need to use royal icing. Royal icing is a simple mixture of egg whites, icing sugar and flavour that is easy to pipe with and dries hard so your cookies can be moved, stacked and stored without the risk of smearing.
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Working with the butter block and keeping it contained in the dough can be a bit tricky and turns off many home bakers. But don’t be discouraged, the is a way to get a very tasty homemade puff pastry with a bit less (okay, a lot less) stress….Blitz Puff Pastry. As the name suggests, this is a faster version of puff pastry.
In previous posts, I have given you recipes for the best (in my opinion) chocolate, white and yellow cakes. As I am making a birthday cake for Glambaby #1 (chocolate, with chocolate icing, long sprinkles and round sprinkles, and a Power Ranger on top, in case you were wondering), I realized that cake is not really cake without icing! To be honest, I was never a fan of the icing as I always found it too sweet, but then I discovered buttercream and I was won over. I am going to teach about the various types of buttercream (not all buttercreams are created equal) and share my favourite go-to icing, Swiss Buttercream.
When we were studying pies in pastry school, so many of us said, “This is not how my grandmother does it.” Our Chef told us one of the problems of being a baker is always trying to compete with childhood memories. So even after two years of pastry school, my favourite pie crust recipe comes from grandma, written on the back of a cigarette package!