Boiled icing with coconut sugar
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I used to live right next door to my grandparents so I was lucky to be able to go over and visit all the time. I don’t think I knew then how lucky I was to be so close. I certainly do now. I miss those days. I have the greatest Nan – she’s a lot of fun and easygoing. She used to bake all the time – homemade bread, the best gingerbread cookies, the best pancakes (more like crepes, nice and thin just how I like them), candy in the snow, boiled icing (on her cakes) and probably lots more that I can’t recall. However, these were obviously the most memorable, especially candy in the snow.
Candy in the snow
If you don’t know what candy in the snow is, you might know it as maple candy. Well, we didn’t exactly have maple candy because my Nan used brown sugar instead. It’s simply a mixture of brown sugar and water. I’m unsure of the measurements but I know that you mix the two, then boil it on the stove until it ‘becomes a hair’. That kind of sounds disgusting, but it definitely was not disgusting. It becomes a hair when you pour it from your spoon and it is so sticky that it drops off the spoon like a piece of hair. Then for the fun part, when the candy had become a hair, we would take it outside and pour it on a patch of ‘clean’ snow and after a few seconds, we would dig in! I had such great memories growing up.
The perfect topping for cake
I don’t think I appreciated boiled icing much when I was a kid. However, I certainly appreciate it now. It’s deliciously sweet and creamy. It is the perfect topping for cake. I topped my chocolate cupcakes with this boiled icing (shown in pic above) and they were delish!
When I was young, I thought the boiled icing tasted really good, I think I thought it was weird that it was made with egg whites. Worse, I thought it was made with raw egg whites, but now I know otherwise. Now, I know about other delicious foods that are made with raw eggs, such as one of the most delicious desserts of all, ice cream.
Boiled icing on carrot cake
My sister and I are a little weird about food sometimes. I gave an example of my weirdness above. My sister, for instance, doesn’t like foods like carrot cake because she says it is an oxymoron, ha! She’s right I guess, but it’s so good. Especially my aunt’s carrot cake. I just had a delicious thought. Boiled icing would taste really good on a carrot cake. Omg yum! Maybe that will be my next baking endeavor. Until then, here is my recipe for boiled icing. Enjoy!
- 1 1/2 cups coconut sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar or 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1/8 teaspoon celtic sea salt
- 1/3 cup water
- 2 free-range egg whites
- 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
Place sugar, maple syrup, salt, water, and egg whites in the top of a double boiler.
Beat with a handheld electric mixer for 1 minute.
Place pan over boiling water, being sure that boiling water does not touch the bottom of the top pan. Otherwise, it could cause your frosting to become grainy.
Beat constantly on high speed with electric mixer for 7 minutes. Beat in vanilla.
Recipe adapted from https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/paula-deen/7-minute-frosting-recipe-1941375