Royal Icing is gradually coming back into style as decorators now use this smooth hard drying icing for piping designs/decorations that last. It can also act as a glue to fasten these decorations together.
Meringue powder is now used instead of Raw egg whites because of the fear of the Salmonella Bacteria.
3 tablespoons Meringue Powder Meringue Powder
4 cups Icing sugar
5 tablespoons warm water
Makes about 3 cups of icing.
Beat all ingredients until icing forms peaks (7-10 minutes at low speed with a heavy-duty mixer, 10-12 minutes at high speed with a hand-held mixer).
NOTE: Keep all utensils completely grease-free for proper icing consistency.
* For stiffer icing, use 1 tablespoon less water.
**When using large counter top mixer or for stiffer icing, use 1 tablespoon less water.
Thinned Royal Icing: To thin for pouring, add 1 teaspoon water per cup of royal icing. Use grease-free spoon or spatula to stir slowly. Add 1/2 teaspoon water at a time until you reach proper consistency.