Does anyone have a great buttercream frosting recipe? Thank you.
Sarah Stork, Crystal Beach
Alana Holloway of Clearwater shares a vanilla buttercream frosting recipe that fits Sarah's request. I did add more whipping cream, about three more tablespoons, to achieve the spreading consistency I wanted. This buttercream has great flavor, but I would be remiss if I didn't mention that not all powdered sugars are the same. I had a partial bag of Target's brand, Market Pantry, so I used that up and opened a package of Dixie Crystals. When I tasted the frosting before icing a cake, it was grainy. My taste testers thought so, too. So I made it again using only the Dixie Crystals, which produced a better frosting. Not grainy at all. After inspecting the two packages of powdered sugar, I realized that the Market Pantry sugar was powdered sugar, while the Dixie Crystals sugar was 10x sugar. 10x means it's an ultra-fine sugar. Alana has made this recipe many times and originally found it in a Taste of Home magazine. She says it's very versatile, and you can change it up by substituting maple flavoring for the vanilla. Alana recommends it for a spice cake. Make it a chocolate buttercream by simply adding ½ cup of cocoa and decreasing the powdered sugar by the same amount. You may need a tablespoon or more of whipping cream, too. This easily frosted an 8-inch two-layer cake with some left over. Alana said frosting 24 cupcakes won't be a problem.
Virginia Lieberman of Wesley Chapel recently visited the 3 Rivers Grill in Hood River, Ore., and enjoyed the eggplant Neapolitan. While the chef would not share the recipe, she did get a little more info than what was on the menu. She hopes a reader has a recipe to share that includes eggplant, thinly sliced potatoes, pesto, diced tomatoes, peppers, onions and butternut squash.
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