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Royal icing

Royal icing
Royal icing is a mixture of egg white and icing sugar. From its pasty consistency when fresh, it dries to give a lovely white crust.
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Last modified on: February 12th 2012

For 120 g, you will need:

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How long does it take?

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PreparationStart to finish
13 min.13 min.
1 or 2 days in the fridge in a sealed container.

Step by step recipe

Stage 1 - 2 min.
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Put 20 g egg white and 100 g icing sugar in a bowl.

Stage 2 - 1 min.
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Tip in half the icing sugar.

Stage 3 - 5 min.
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Mix thoroughly with a whisk.

Stage 4 - 5 min.
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Add more icing sugar a spoonful at a time, beating well each time.

Continue until you have a smooth paste which leaves a point when you lift the whisk out.

Stage 5
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Your royal icing is ready for use, to coat a cake or sweets, like calissons, for example.


The proportions of egg white and sugar are fairly approximate. It is important to arrive at the right pasty texture, whatever weight of sugar you are using.

The lemon juice gives a brighter whiteness, but you can colour royal icing with a few drops of food colouring if you prefer.

Nutritional information

% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories or 8400 k-joules by day for a woman (change to a man).

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Egg whiteEgg white: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Succès praliné (praline meringue), How to add beaten eggs whites to a mixture, Almond tuiles, Baked Alaska, Pistachio "Financiers", ... All
Lemon juiceLemon juice: You can check-out other recipes which use it, like for example: Tarte Jurassienne, Cubed salad, Cooking sugar, Penne with Mushrooms, Exotic fruit tart, ... All

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