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added almost 3 years ago

Well, I ended up experimenting and I guess I'll answer my own question to help anyone who may be searching for this. Getting rid of the sugar did not affect pipeability or durability at all. Tadah!

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ktr
added almost 3 years ago

That's really good to know. I all almost always find frosting too sweet but I've never thought of just decreasing the sugar in it.

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added almost 3 years ago

I don't know about other frostings, but this one worked I think because of the cooked flour. If I give the other versions a go, I'll let you know!

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Shuna Lydon

Shuna is a pastry chef in New York City and author of the acclaimed blog Eggbeater.

added almost 3 years ago

Hello & thank you for introducing me to a "new" kind of buttercream! I see that you have already created your answer, but I'll weigh in with just a dash more advice. One of the secrets, that shouldn't be, is that the balance in dessert making to cloyingly sweet, is salt. If you have kosher or sea salt in your house, try adding a pinch or two (I always season to taste) to your next batch of buttercream - of any sort. Sea salt is especially suited for fruit purees because it's more acidic and matches fruit's high notes. I prefer kosher salt to table salt because the latter is quite bitter and often ends up doing more harm than good, in dessert making, where the purity of flavor wants to shine through.

Lastly, some vanilla extracts are sweeter than others. In baking I only use Madagascar Bourbon and I make sure it's alcohol, as opposed to glycerine based. Thank you again for leading me to a new thought process & method!

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added almost 3 years ago

You are welcome, Shuna, and thank you for the tips! I had read about salt as balancing as well, but unfortunately the person I have this in mind for can't have salt either (It's complicated)...even the recipe I'm developing now I bet could benefit from a pinch of salt.
I see you're the Pastry Chef at Peels. I loved it there when I lived on Mott and Grand: Sunday brunches in another (pre-baby) life :) I'm lucky to have you weigh in.

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added almost 3 years ago

Oh, while I have you here, maybe you can weigh in on a cake question I posted! (Making this cake more cake)

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