Recipe of the Day: Day 16 & 17, A Christmas Gift Idea & a Breakfast

Friday, December 3, 2010

Ok, I forgot to post a recipe for yesterday. I thought about it multiple times, and then failed to actually get anything published. So Day 16’s lost recipe is really more of a reminder of what I would like for my birthday in May, but if you just can’t wait for my birthday to give me a present, I think these would make excellent Christmas presents:

Star Wars Cookies

The Star Wars cookie cutters are from Williams Sonoma, and you can find the recipe for royal icing at Cave Cibum. Here it is again:

Royal Icing

4 cups powdered sugar, sifted
4 Tbsp meringue powder (can be found at a craft store if not at the supermarket)
6 Tbsp water

Combine the ingredients in the bowl of a standing mixer. With the paddle attachment, mix on low speed for 7-8 minutes, until icing is more matte than glossy. This icing is still a little too stiff to work with, but it’s better to mess around with smaller quantities than the whole batch. Keep icing covered to prevent from hardening.

Coloring: Gel coloring is a better choice than liquid dyes, but it’s a little more expensive. The gel texture doesn’t mess with the consistency of the icing the same way that liquid does. Either way, add a little at a time until you reach the desired color.

To pipe: Add water as needed to reach a consistency that will pipe easily (as stiff as you can make it while allowing it to be piped out of a bag in a continuous line). If the icing becomes too watery, add a little powdered sugar at a time and mix. Put some of the icing in a piping bag fitted with a small round tip and outline the area you want to be filled.

To flood: Water down the remaining colored frosting until it reaches a consistency that can run off the back of a spoon. Put icing in a squeeze bottle, or if you’re like me and don’t have all the proper tools on hand, use a spoon. Add icing to the areas that have been outlined and use a toothpick to push the icing into all the corners and to pop any air bubbles that might come up. Let dry for at least a few hours before adding any other details on top.

Recipe, Day #17 is a breakfast muffin recipe using some ingredients that are usually found on a dinner menu. The recipe comes from Poor Girl Eats Well.

butternut quinoa muffins

Spiced Butternut & Quinoa Muffins with Almond Streusel

Visit Poor Girl Eats Well for this recipe.

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