Easy Artisan Glaze With Variations

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READY IN: 10mins
Recipe by Demelza

This is another recipe from Judith Fertig's book, 200 Fast & Easy Artisan Breads. I have not made it, but am posting it to go with the gluten-free recipes I am posting by request. For a gluten-free diet, make sure the flavorings you use are gluten-free. Use the glaze right away on cinnamon rolls, coffee cakes, tea rings or even pound cakes or angel food cakes. You will get a hint of sweetnes & flavor. Do not store this glaze as it will harden and may get lumpy. I have included the variations in the directions, so don't be alarmed by the length of the directions. It is a simple 3 step recipe, measure, mix, & use.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 cup powdered sugar (also called confectioners or icing sugar)
  • 14 cup whole milk (half & half or heavy whipping cream may also be used)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  1. Whisk all ingredients together till smooth.
  2. Pour or drizzle over baked goods.
  3. Almond - substitute almond extract for the vanilla.
  4. Coffee - use 1 tsp coffee extract in place of vanilla, or 2 Tbsp fresh brewed strong coffee for half of the milk.
  5. Lemon - use 1 tsp lemon extract or lemon zest instead of vanilla.
  6. Orange - substitute 1/4 c freshly squeezed orange juice for the milk, add 1 tsp orange zest in place of vanilla.
  7. Cider - sub 1/4 c unsweetened apple cider for milk.
  8. Cider with Rum - 1/4 c unsweetened apple cider in place of milk, plus 1 - 2 Tbsp light or dark rum to taste, omit vanilla.
  9. Cherry Almond - 1/4 c cherry juice instead of milk, 1 tsp almond extract to replace vanilla.
  10. Cranberry Orange - use 1/4 c cranberry juice for milk, and 1 tsp orange extract or orange zest for vanilla.

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