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Friday, August 24, 2012

Royal Icing Key Lime Pie

Tonight's project is a tiny little key lime pie, which is the official state pie of Florida. All you need to pipe a ridiculously diminutive pie is stiff consistency royal icing in white, brown, and green (to represent the pie pan; might as well keep the color thematic with the pie's interior), a glue stick, parchment paper squares, a flower nail, a Styrofoam block to rest the nail in, and a dusting pouch filled with a 50/50 blend of cornstarch and powdered sugar. You'll also need round tips #12 and #4 and star tip #16. Start by sticking a parchment square to the nail with a dab from the glue stick. 
 Holding the #12 tip at a right angle to and just above the surface, pipe a ring about 1" across. Fill the center of the ring with a dollop of icing…
 …and touch a fingertip to the dusting pouch. Gently tap this shape flat into a disc. Allow it to firm up for at least 10 minutes.
 Using the same or a different #12 tip, pipe a "kiss" of white icing in the middle of the disc. Hold the tip about a quarter-inch above the disc, squeeze out a nickel-sized dollop, then stop pressure and pull the tip away. A peak should remain.
 Pipe a #4 squiggly line of brown icing around the edge to represent the crust. You could stop here…
 …or switch to the #16 star tip to pipe an iconic meringue topping. These would be very cute as toppers on key lime cupcakes, or any other lime or Florida-themed dessert.

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