Meringue buttercream icing

Yield: 1 Servings

Measure Ingredient
1¼ cup Water
5 larges Egg whites
1 pinch Cream of tartar
1 pounds Cold unsalted butter; cut into small pieces
1 teaspoon Vanilla extract

From: RLNL11A@... (MR RICHARD BOWLES) Date: Wed, 26 Apr 1995 16:14:00 +0000 Martha Stewart's Meringue Buttercream Icing (in May issue) 1. In sm. saucepan over med. heat, bring sugar and ⅓ C water to a boil.

Boil until syrup reaches soft-ball stage (238 deg. on a candy thermometer).

2. In the bowl of an electric mixer, use the whisk attachment to beat egg whites on low speed until foamy. Add cream of tartar and beat on med. high speed until stiff but not dry.

3. With the mixer running, pour the sugar syrup into egg whites in a steady stream and beat on high speed until steam is no longer visible, about 3 minutes. Beat in butter, piece by piece. Add vanilla and beat for 3 to 5 minutes, until frosting is smooth and spreadable. If it looks curdled at any point during the beating process, keep beating to smooth it out. If it becomes too soft for piping, stir over ice water to stiffen. (This buttercream holds its shape particularly well, making it good for decorating.)



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