Monday, September 27, 2010

Daring Bakers: Decorated Sugar Cookies



This months Daring Bakers challenge is probably something I should have tried in the past but never have -Decorated sugar cookies using royal icing. If you have never used royal icing it is basically just sugar and water and you can mix it to a consistency so that it kind of flows onto the cookie. When it sits for a little while it become hard. It normally has a glossy look and can make some very professional looking cookies if done right.

Part of the challenge this month was the theme. We were supposed make cookies in the theme of September - that is whatever September means to us. Well I chose motorcycles both because in my opinion Septemeber is one of the most beautiful times for riding (unfortunately also one of the last months here in Minnesota) and it is also the month of our CMA State Rally. I just got back from the rally last month and had a wonderful time.

I pictured these in my head as looking a lot better but I can say it is not as easy as it might seem. When I made the first set of colors (red/yellow/blue) I had issues with my icing and it never got hard - it would also separate when it sat. I did some searching on the web and people suggested that it was because of some contamination with oil - I didn't think that was the issue. I also saw that it was maybe too much water. When I made it I did have to add almost twice as much water as the recipe said and it was still stiffer than the recipe said. I happened across one article that suggested not beating it for as long as most recipes say - just until combined. I tried another batch doing that (Black and White) and it turned out great.

I still have no idea how some people get it them to be so perfect - maybe it would help to be able to draw - but at least I learned something and will hopefully do better next time. It was a good skill to learn with a three year old.

Thanks to Mandy at What the Fruitcake?! for this months challenge. Go take a look at her beautiful cookies.









9 comments:

Aparna said...

I'd say those bikes look pretty good for someone who supposedly doesn't know how to draw. :)
Getting the icing the right consistency is crucial for piping.

Christina said...

Nicely done! Very original :)

Renata said...

Cool motorbikes! Very creative!

PerfectingPru said...

These look really good Todd. So many different colours. I think they are great. But I too will be practicing a bit more in case there is another royal icing challenge. I used egg whites in my icing - I don't understand what oil you added(?)

culinography said...

Wow! These look great! Well done!

Sirius73 said...

Your motorbikes look great! Hope you enjoyed the last rides of the year :-)

Joella said...

Hi Todd! I wanted to let you know that I chose your blog for The Lovely Blog Award:

http://fineandfair.blogspot.com/2010/10/my-first-blog-award.html

Don't feel compelled to pass it on unless you are so inclined, but I wanted to know that your blog is lovely to me! :)

~Joella

alice said...

Love the masculine spin on the girly challenge!

alice said...

Love the masculine spin on the girly challenge!