Tonawanda News


June 6, 2013

PINSPIRED: Sugar hearts pretty, but messy

Tonawanda News — I struggled over whether to dub this one “pin it” or “don’t pin it.”

Because really, they’re kind of neat. Sort of cute. Mostly easy.

But also pretty messy. A little annoying. Perhaps a bit wasteful.

As an amateur cake-, cookie- and cupcake-decorator, I’m always on the lookout for new and easy ways to dress up a baked good. The original pin I found was visually interesting, and you never know when you might need a little something extra to perk a cake up. I pinned it and forgot about it until this week, when I needed something relatively quick for this column.

The sugar hearts needed only three ingredients and equipment I already had. Score.

For this recipe, you need white sugar (the amount varies, but I suggest at least three cups), egg white (I used whites from two eggs) and paste/gel food coloring (I use Americolor, but Wilton is available a little more readily at many craft stores). Put 1/2 cup sugar in a bowl. Add a bit of food coloring. Stir until blended. This is a little more annoying than it sounds, because the coloring will clump up and make little food-coloring clots in your sugar. Just keep breaking them up and stirring until your sugar is a nice uniform color.

Add egg white. The instructions I was going by suggest a teaspoon, but I found I needed a bit more. Careful, though, because it goes from “too dry” to “too wet” pretty quickly. Stir. You want the sugar to be the consistency of wet sand. 

When it is, line your work area with a piece of parchment paper and plop a scoopful of the sugar mixture down. Pat flat, making it about 1/4-inch high and as level as you can. Some instructions suggest using a rolling pin. That did not work well for me. Your hands should work fine.

Text Only
  • SUN LIFE Volunteers honored 1 040614.jpg Women Who Move the City (and beyond)

    April 7, 2014 2 Photos

  • SUN LIFE POUND 1040614j jpg.jpg Rock n' roll fitness

    April 7, 2014 1 Photo

  • sig - crib notes RGB Enough of this winter -- it's time for spring

    Midway through separating the bits of dog food from the shredded paper towel pieces on the saturated bed sheet that had been strewn across the dining-room table, I finally realized I’d had enough.

    April 7, 2014 1 Photo

  • sig - critter companions RGB Dear readers, it's me, Kenny

    I have bad knees. I have been told to blame my grandmother. I have also been told to blame her for my love of animals. Today, we celebrate the 100th Critter Companions column.

    April 7, 2014 1 Photo

  • SUN LIFE mummies 1 033014.jpg 'Mummies of the World' exhibit arrives in Buffalo

    As visitors arrived for the recent NCAA basketball tournament games in Buffalo, a much older group of visitors arrived via motorcade at the Buffalo Museum of Science — but these newcomers to the Queen City wouldn’t be seeking out a place to have a beer between games or where to find the region’s best chicken wings.

    March 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • sig - double trouble RGB Years later, still spending sunny days on Sesame Street

    I always knew we’d hit “the Elmo years.”

    Going into parenthood, it seemed like a given. Both my husband and I  were “Sesame Street” fans from childhood ourselves, and we were happy enough to pass it on to a new generation. And we knew, having friends with children of the applicable age, that in this day and age “Sesame Street” equalled Elmo, the squeaky-voiced “furry red menace” (thus dubbed by Oscar the Grouch) of parents everywhere.

    March 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • SUN LIFE Local Restaurant Week 2 033014.jpg Back for another bite

    As spring finally starts to unfold in Western New York, residents are likely eager to get out of their houses — and organizers of Local Restaurant Week hope they’ll consider eating out as they do that.

    March 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • Wineries invite visitors to take a Taste of the Trail

    If one weekend of food and wine pairings is a good thing, two weekends of food and wine pairings must be even better.

    For the first time, the Taste of the Trail event, which takes place Friday through April 6 and April 11 to 13 on the Niagara Wine Trail, will be split into two weekends, with half the trail’s wineries taking part the first weekend and half the second, said Elizabeth Maute, wine trail coordinator.

    March 31, 2014

  • sig - critter companions RGB CRITTER COMPANIONS: Rewards for playing nice

    March 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • SUN LIFE signs of spring 1 032314.jpg Region's favorite signs of spring gear up for season

    Ah, the signs of spring: The birdsong, the flowers, the green grass, the flowing waters of the Erie Canal or Niagara River ... and the words “Opening soon” on the marquee of your favorite seasonal business.

    March 24, 2014 1 Photo