While I definitely love to take shortcuts in my baking, I do feel like I can only do so if I take the long way round at least once. I find it oddly satisfying to spend hours on something I can just buy at the supermarket and it ALWAYS tastes better.
Last week I tackled something very close to my heart. It's also something I'm pretty sure I would already have a life-time supply of even if all shops were to stop selling them today. And having finally made my own sprinkles (yes it's sprinkles if you haven't figured it out yet), it warms my heart that I could now potentially contribute to the sprinkle black market if it ever comes to that.
- 1 Egg White
- 1 1/2 cups Icing Sugar, sifted
- Food Colouring, various colours
- A drop of Flavouring, ie. Vanilla Essence (I used banana)
With an electric mixer, whisk egg white on medium-low for a minute then start adding icing sugar 1 tbs at a time making sure it is mixed in before adding the next. When all the sugar has been incorporated your mixture should be white, shiny and have stiff peaks. Divide into smaller batches then mix through various colours and flavouring.
Cover any batches you are not using immediately with cling film and spoon one batch at a time into a piping bag*, fitted with a small round nozzle. Pipe into straight lines onto grease proof paper then leave to dry for about 2 hours until hard before cutting into small sprinkles with a non-serrated knife.
*Pro tip: To get the 2 tone (or ombre) effect as I did, just keep using the same piping bag, rather than a new one for each colour.