Tip #6 – Easy to clean icing technique

If you’re like me and love to decorate cakes and cupcakes, then you’ll know how hard it is to clean the piping equipment afterwards, especially the bag.  This simple tip will not only save you the headache of washing the piping bag after each use or running out to the store to buy more, but it will also allow you to switch different colored frosting easily without interrupting your process.

Equipment Required
Frosting bag and tips
Spoon or spatula
Saran wrap

Once you have made your icing, plop a spoonful of it in the center of a piece of saran wrap.  Fold the saran wrap around the icing lengthwise, creating log type formation.  Grab both ends of the saran wrap and swing it like you would if you were jumping rope.  The ends should twist tightly.  Hold the wrapped icing from one end and quickly thread the other end through your piping bag and out the coupler.  You need to be a bit quick on this as the saran wrap may want to come unraveled.  Pull the threaded end as far down as the icing will let you and using a pair of scissors, snip the saran wrap as close to the coupler as you can get.  Add the necessary tip and away you go!  If you want to switch icing midway through, just pull the bag out and repeat the process for your new icing.

Grilled Pineapple Wrapped with Prosciutto

Prosciutto: is a dry-cured ham that is usually thinly sliced and served uncooked. (Wikipedia)

Even though summer is coming to an end here in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, it is never too late to serve a delicious appetizer consisting of pineapple and prosciutto.  While prosciutto pairs well with melons, it also tastes delicious wrapped around grilled pineapple.  Grilling pineapple allows the sugar to caramelize and intensifies its fragrance.  You don’t want to grill the pineapples too long as it will turn mushy and loses its’ flavor.

Grilled Pineapple Wrapped in Prosciutto

Grilled Pineapple Wrapped iwith Prosciutto

Grilled Pineapple Wrapped with Prosciutto

Fresh pineapple cut into wedges
Thinly sliced prosciutto
Reduced balsamic vinegar *optional

Preheat the barbecue and  spray the grill with non-stick cooking spray.  Skewer the pineapples or place the pineapples directly on the grill and grill for 4 minutes on each side.  Be sure to not over grill it or it will turn mushy.  Remove and allow to cool slightly so you can handle it without burning your fingers.  (As an alternative, you can wrap the pineapples prior to grilling).  Wrap a slice of prosciutto around the pineapple.  Lay the grilled pineapples on a plate and drizzle reduced balsamic vinegar over it.