meringue powder

SSMagNY

Can you use dried egg white powder in place of meringue powder to make royal icing?

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reply by: GinaG on October 21, 2011 at 5:47 pm
GinaG

SSmagNY,

Absolutely!

reply by: Mel_KAF on October 21, 2011 at 5:48 pm
Mel_KAF

SSMagNY, yes, you can definitely use the egg white powder in place of meringue powder in royal icing. ~Mel @ KAF

reply by: kidpizza on October 21, 2011 at 5:52 pm
kidpizza

SSMAGNY:
Good afternoon. I always thought that dried egg white powder is the same as MERINGUE POWDER. If it isn't please explain.

Have a nice day.

~KIDPIZZA.

reply by: GinaG on October 21, 2011 at 7:10 pm
GinaG

Kidpizza?

Ha!

reply by: BakerIrene on October 21, 2011 at 7:03 pm
BakerIrene

Cass, look at the links to nutritional info as these are the actual package labels.

Dried egg whites are dried egg whites:
http://www.kingarthurflour.com/shop/items/dried-eggs-whites-8-oz

Meringue powder is processed for use in icings rather than in baked goods:
http://www.kingarthurflour.com/shop/items/meringue-powder-10-oz

Royal icing can be fluffy or dense for gingerbread house building. Meringue powder makes it fluffier.

reply by: BakerIrene on October 21, 2011 at 7:06 pm
BakerIrene

YES for sure, and remember that the KAF meringue powder recipe for royal icing has too much water.

Use the proportions on the package of egg whites to reconstitute, and use 3 egg whites worth per 1lb of icing sugar for royal icing. This will NOT be fluffy--but it will stick gingerbread houses together better.

reply by: GinaG on October 26, 2011 at 2:33 am
GinaG

Kidpizza,
Uh-oh!...
I have no idea what happened to my entry, what I touched to make it disappear, but it's gone. I'm sorry!

It is to my understanding that the only difference between dried egg white powder and meringue powder is the emulsifiers and stabilizers in the meringue powder, just like how we make meringue with, say, cream of tartar.

The advantage? Some people have health concerns about using raw egg products and then of course it's more convenient than travelling with eggs or having them on hand.

Again, so sorry for the weird post.

Kind regards,
GinaG

reply by: Mike Nolan on October 21, 2011 at 9:08 pm
Mike Nolan

This comes up periodically, the last time was in September in this thread:

http://community.kingarthurflour.com/content/can-i-make-my-own-meringue-...

As noted in that thread, the ingredients in meringue powder are: Sugar, egg white solids, edible gums, alum, salt, vanillin, and calcium lactate.

So if you want to make royal icing with powdered egg whites, you'll need to add sugar, among other things.

Here's a link to a recipe for royal icing using powdered egg whites:

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20081116135650AAV8Z0w

Whether this would have the same characteristics as royal icing made with meringue powder is question I cannot answer.

reply by: kidpizza on October 22, 2011 at 11:17 am
kidpizza

BAKERIRENE & GINA G:
Good morning to you ladies. Thank you for the timely responce & information.
Enjoy the weekend Ladies.

~CASS.

reply by: GinaG on October 26, 2011 at 6:43 pm
GinaG

You are most welcome, thank YOU.

Gina ;)

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