Icing sugar, commonly known as powdered sugar or even confectioner's sugar, is that powdered form of heaven used when baking. Most confectionery is doubly sinful thanks to icing sugar. Let's face it, we all agree. How many of you feel reminiscent right now? I bet a whole lot of you remember how the icing was always your favorite part of any confectionery. I know I loved it! The honest truth, I still love it! Nostalgia apart, what do you do when you're half way through baking procedures, and you realize that you've run out of powdered sugar? The best solution would be using an icing sugar substitute.
I know that there probably are a few people out there who aren't sure of what would make a good substitute, so how about we take a look at some, so that you can have a happy baking experience.
Substitute for Icing Sugar
The first icing sugar substitute that can be used is as basic as it can get. Since icing sugar is very simply powdered sugar, you could take regular granulated sugar, put in a blender, and set it to high. Let it grind till the texture turns entirely into powder. Once it's done, take it out of the blender and mix the entire quantity with a spoon so as to get rid of any lumps in the sugar. This will allow the entire portion to get the same consistency. Now, go ahead and use the required quantity.
Icing sugar substitute number 2 is also simple. Just as simple as the first actually. For 1 cup of this substitute you will require a cup of cornstarch and one cup of grained or granulated sugar. Yet again, you are required to toss both these ingredients into a blender and allow it to process into a powdery form. You may have noticed that there is no difference in this substitute and the above mentioned one. But the reason the cornstarch has been suggested is simply because the cornstarch will help avoid clumping when you store the sugar.
A third substitute for icing sugar is one that can be used more as a part of the cooking process rather than for frosting purposes. For this, you will need one part grained sugar, two parts cornstarch, and two parts powdered milk. The rest of the procedure doesn't really change. Put all three ingredients into a blender and let it blend out to a fine powdery texture. Once that consistency is achieved, it is ready for use. Since the milk powder will provide this substitute a lot of bulk or substance, it'll work and taste really well in your little baked goodies.
The above mentioned were backup plans when you run out of white sugar. For those of you that prefer golden sugar, I have a golden icing sugar substitute too. Here you go... One cup of sugar, blended with three tablespoons of molasses or treacle should do the trick. You'll have a great replacement for the real thing in no time!
All the given ideas will be easy to get around, since the ingredients used are ones that are easily found in one's larder. So go have fun baking now, 'coz all this 'sweet talk' has got me in the mood for some baking too! :)