Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Uses of Meringue Powder for Cake decorators

I often get asked about the uses of Meringue powder, so I wanted to share with you all this helpful guide
What is Meringue Powder and How Do I Use It?
Meringue Powder is an egg white substitute that is primarily a mixture of dehydrated egg whites, corn starch, and natural food gums (used to bind the ingredients). Bakers use meringue powder in: meringue pie toppings, meringue cookies, meringue shells, angel food cake and some mousses.
Meringue powder is also ideal for icings and other recipe that do not reach cooking temperatures required for the safe use of egg whites.
Cookie decorators are especially fond of using meringue powder to easily make royal icing that dries hard-to-the-touch. (The recipe for Royal icing comes on the container)
Great for buttercream icing to allow it to crust.

Benefits of using meringue powder over egg whites:
Meringue powder is shelf-stable – no refrigeration needed
2-year shelf life
Eliminates the need for raw egg whites
Convenient and easy-to-use; no separating eggs!
Adds body and stability
For icings, it helps minimize the bleeding of darker colors into lighter colours
Generally, 2 tsp, of meringue powder + 2 Tbs. of water = 1 large egg white

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