Toadstool Fairy and Modelling Pastes
I avoid having to separate eggs, wherever possible and always have meringue powder available for making royal icing. So this is my recipe for CMC /tylose paste using meringue powder (locally called Actiwhite) instead of fresh egg white. And it uses an electric mixer… because getting my hands sticky is also something I prefer to avoid!
CMC / Tylose Paste with Meringue Powder
3 tbs meringue powder
1/2 tsp cream of tartar
2 tbs CMC powder
500g icing sugar + extra
1 tbs Holsum / Crisco (white vegetable fat)
Whisk the meringue powder in the water to form a paste.
Add in the cream of tartar and 2 cups of the icing sugar. Use the paddle attachment of your mixer to beat on low.
Add in the CMC powder and another 2 cups of icing sugar. Mix well.
You might want to change over to the dough hook at this stage, as the paste begins to firm up.
Mix well on low speed. If the paste is clumping, take out of the mixing bowl, and knead until it comes together.
The paste should not feel sticky and moist. If it does, knead more icing sugar into it.
You can halve the ingredients for a smaller batch of paste. Just be careful to measure out your water volume correctly – a little too much water, and you’ll be struggling to reach a final dry paste consistency. I usually weigh the water for this recipe – 80ml water = 80g.