How to pipe using
Hello I'm Joanne, Jane
has asked me to give you some information on piping.
Below are some easy to
follow instructions and illustrations which I found useful when I was
a beginner. I hope you find them of use also.
To start with in
Piping 1' I'll show you how
to make a grease-proof icing bag, pipe a straight line and also a
scolloped line...then, in
2 onwards, I will show you
progressively more difficult piping techniques.
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Step one.....Using the
grease-proof paper make an icing bag. Cut several triangles from a
large sheet of grease-proof and follow the diagrams below to create
your very own disposable icing bags. Alternatively you can purchase
them ready-made if you find it gets a bit fiddly for you. Both our
shops keep them in stock, our staff may even show you how to make a
grease-proof bag if you ask them nicely.
Step two.....Cut off the
tip of the paper bag in diagram 'e' and drop in a plain piping
nozzle, any size will do for this exercise though I would recommend a
number two nozzle.
Step three.....Using the
palette knife paddle some royal icing in a small bowl to make sure
there are no large air bubbles and the icing is smooth. Fresh icing
is always better than old icing for piping as it holds its shape, is
stiffer and therefore easier to control. How stiff you want it is up
to you but as a rule, if it comes out of the tube by itself then it's
too soft and if you can't pipe anything without giving yourself a
hernia then it's too stiff. Place a small amount of icing into the
grease-proof icing bag, checking first you have put a tube in, and
fold over the bag as in the final picture above diagram 'f'. Cover
the remaining icing over with the cling film to stop it drying out,
and clean the palette knife.
Step four.....Now to try
to pipe a straight line.....Hold the bag in your right hand (if you
are right handed) between the thumb and first two fingers. The left
hand assists in holding the bag steady. Do not start pressing the
icing out of the bag until contact has been made with the surface.
Touch the surface with the tip of the tube, at the same time lightly
pressing the bag. As the icing starts to come out, lift the tube up
from the surface. When the icing is of the length you need, stop
pressing the bag and place the icing down onto the surface. To
recap....Touch, Lift and place. Even pressure is very important. Too
much pressure will give uneven thickness, whilst too little will
cause the line to break. So take a look at the diagram below and try
and pipe a straight line or two or three or four or five.........try
piping them at equal distances apart, in parallel.
mastered the art of the straight line we'll try the curved line, in
this case a small scollop. Use the same technique as above but lift
for less length dropping the curve then starting another in a
row......view the diagram below and have a go.....
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on this subject at the following email address....
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