Many professional bakers always have meringue powder on hand. It is a convenient ingredient that can be used for many different recipes. However, those not familiar with it may ask, what is meringue powder used for?
Meringue powder is an egg white substitute primarily made of dried egg whites. It may contain other ingredients such as corn starch, sugar, citric acid and potassium acid tartrate (cream of tartar) to help it maintain its freshness and flavor.
Meringue powder is a versatile ingredient used in many desserts. It is most commonly used for royal icing, as it gives it a lovely stiff texture that is great for piping or pouring decorations on cakes and cookies.
– When you have a recipe you are looking to substitute egg whites out of a recipe, it is an easy replacement. Simply mix together two tablespoons of meringue powder with two tablespoons of water for every egg white the recipe calls for ...
If you run out of meringue powder, fresh egg whites are always the best option to use. They provide the best foaming capabilities and will create nice stiff peaks. If you are concerned about the safety of raw egg whites, you can buy pasteurized egg whites or even pasteurize them yourself.
USING MERINGUE POWDER FOR DESSERTSMeringue powder is an egg white substitute that is great for royal icing, toppings for pies, and even cookies. It is also great for adding to different kinds of frostings, as it can work as a stabilizer.