6 Ways to Color Your Desserts Naturally

turmeric powder

Before chemical food colourings (that are often not healthy for anyone) and dyes, people used those found in nature. With the ‘season of eating’ is upon us, I started checking into a few natural solutions. I found a few to share with you. I also found that there are even some companies producing natural colouring products today.

1. Yellow – mix powdered turmeric with a little hot water to form a paste. Suitable to colour home-made frosting and ready-made icing.

2. Pink – The liquid of canned beetroot will give a rosy pink to home-made frosting and ready-made icing.

3. Red – cook fresh or frozen raspberries over a gentle heat, stirring often, until very thick. Sieve mixture to remove pulp. Allow to cool. The colour will be reddish pink. Suitable to colour home-made frosting.
Not suitable for kneading into ready-made soft icing. Use a pastry brush to paint raspberry colouring onto finished icing.

4. Deep blue – cook fresh or frozen blueberries over a gentle heat, stirring often, until very thick. Sieve mixture to remove pulp. Allow to cool. Suitable to colour home-made frosting.
Not suitable for mixing into ready-made soft icing. Use a pastry brush to paint the blueberry colouring onto finished icing.

5. Violet/Purple – combine #1 and #4 (beetroot juice and blueberries).

5. Green – Use a combination of freshly juiced spinach (remove stalks before juicing) and tumeric paste (see above). Suitable to colour home-made frosting and ready-made icing.

6. Brown – Use a Parisian essence made from natural caramel, or sifted cocoa, or carob powder. Carob powder and cocoa are suitable to colour home-made frosting, but not for colouring ready-made soft icing.

Notes
These colours will be much less intense than commercial food colourings.
Do not add large amounts of these liquids to your frosting or it will curdle.
Excessive liquid added to ready-made icing will make it sticky.

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