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Two Dilemmas

Posted: October 15th, 2009 | Author: bakezilla | Filed under: Bakezilla | 2 Comments »

Today, I will be blogging about my personal culinary problems.  It’s going to be a therapy session.

The first problem: runny icing.  I tried making half moon cookies for the little girl I babysit last week, and I ran into a major problem.  The icing was so runny that it soaked through the cookies and was impossible to work with, even with my attempted quick fix solution of adding extra confectioner’s sugar.  I was irritated, and didn’t have enough time to figure out how to fix the problem.  So, I did some research on what to do when your icing or frosting is runny, so that you, fair readers, will know what to do in a pinch.

Number one – and this should have been a “duh” for me – refrigerate it for an hour or so.  Helps icings and frostings harden up.

Number two – corn starch.  Cheap, easy to find, thickening agent.  Blend that in.  Make sure you blend it good, though, so it doesn’t make lumps.

Number three – adding more powdered sugar does help, but you could make it  go further by halving the icing you’ve made and only adding it to one half.

Number four – not really a solution in this instance, but I read a frosting recipe that calls for marshmallow fluff along with butter, confectioner’s sugar and a dash of milk.  That would probably make a very firm icing good for decorating cakes with flowers, etc.

My second dilemma is more of a request for readers and fellow pretty girls.  As the weather gets chillier out, I am reminded that the holidays are fast approaching.  And, it looks like this year, I’m going to have to make a turkey for the first time in my life, as my dad is having knee replacement surgery and probably won’t be up to the task.  So, I am calling on you, dear friends, to give this baker instructions on how to make a good turkey.  Seriously, let’s remember that I’m the one who makes dessert, not dinner, so I am going to need help over the upcoming weeks!


2 Comments on “Two Dilemmas”

  1. 1 Johanna said at 11:50 am on October 18th, 2009:

    In case Papa is not up to it, here is a link to the Pioneer Woman’s guide to roasting a Thanksgiving turkey. http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2007/10/roasted_thanksgiving_turkey/

    I trust in the Pioneer Woman, although she does live on a ranch in Oklahoma, and has 4 kids and a cowboy husband and she roasts a 20 pound turkey every year — I’ve never even SEEN a 20 pound turkey in real life.
    Regardless. She’ll see you through, or at least give you a good starting point.

    Also, your marshmellow Fluff frosting recipe just gave me a reason to buy a jar of Fluff. For frosting of course. And if it happens to find its way into a Nutella-and-Fluff sandwich, well…. blame my parents for not giving me Fluffernutters as a kid. M’kay?

    I like this culinary therapy session thing. :)

  2. 2 bakezilla said at 1:06 pm on October 18th, 2009:

    Thanks Joh! 20 pounds is a lot of bird. Holy Cow!

    I love fluff. I went looking for it yesterday, but they didn’t have it in the small market around the corner from me. I was also not given fluffernutters. Something about them being “not real food” and “sugary junk.” Hahaha.


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