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Made by grinding white sugar to a very fine powder, icing sugar is a versatile ingredient in cooking. It is fine in texture and has little corn flour added used mostly for cakes and baking products. It is different from other types of sugar in that it dissolves very quickly in cold water. For best results pass through a fine sieve before use.Because it dissolves so quickly it is often used for icings and frostings or dusted over desserts.
Packages may or may not specify the grind, but they usually contain either very fine or ultra fine grade sugar
How to Select
Choose the appropriate one as desired. Check the packaging date and ensure that it is dry and has no moisture. Its free movement and dry granules best tells about its quality and freshness. Although, powdered at home is the best.
It is generally mixed with cornstarch or wheat flour, or calcium phosphate to improve its flowing ability, hence best avoided purchase from stores.
· Icing sugar, also known as confectioners' sugar, is made of white sugar ground into a smooth, white powder and used in icings, confections, drinks etc.
· Its fine texture makes icing sugar ideal for dusting over cakes, pies and pastries to sweeten as well as to add an attractive decorative touch.
· It is also used to make icings and fondants for cakes and sweets such as peppermint creams.
· Powdered sugar is often used in uncooked dishes such as frostings and coatings because it doesn't produce a grainy texture.
How to Store
They should be kept tightly capped. Humidity and moisture will cause salt to clump and stick together. If you store them in an airtight container in a cool and dry place, will keep indefinitely.