March 12, 2008

Green Fairy Icing

1 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
2 egg whites
1 tablespoon absinthe
2 drops green food dye
pinch salt

Beat the egg whites and salt to soft peaks using an electric mixer. Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, bring sugar and water to a boil, stirring occasionally. Continue to boil until it reaches soft ball stage (when a drop of the syrup forms a soft ball when dropped in cool water)while continuing to stir occasionally. Keep the mixer running (you need a stand mixer or a friend to complete this next step) while you pour a continues stream of the molten syrup into the egg whites. Continue to beat for about 5 minutes, adding absinthe and food dye after about two minutes, or until the frosting is fluffy, glossy and cool. Frost cooled cupcakes or cake.

My thoughts:
Absinthe is frequently referred to as the "green fairy" and this fluffy green icing laced with absinthe is worthy of the name; it's almost ethereal.