Making and baking and decorating and filling! In common these jobs all use, at some stage,
a Piping Bag!
These useful catering bags come in all shapes and sizes and are made from a variety of materials. There is a massive selection of nozzels available to buy depending on the type of job you're doing. They are used for cake decorating, making choux eclairs or swans etc, piping potato dishes, making biscuits and hundreds of other uses.
Keep the fold smooth and straight as you cut it with a sharp knife
Catch this bottom corner and fold it around your hand
Do not let go of the inside corner and complete the wrap around to look like this
Moving your two hands, slide the two corners gently up and down to tighten and sharpen the point of the cone
Don't worry if it doesn't seem to be working, first time, as this part will take a little practice!
When you have a sharp point on the piping bag pinch the two top ends of the paper cone together and hold them tight - nearly there!
Fold the ends of the cone back on themselves, to tie the ends of the bag together and stop it from falling apart
It is now ready for use. It's a good idea to make a few of these in advance - they will sit inside each other for storage and you can keep them ready in a little plastic tub for easy access. Like many things in life....practice makes perfect on this one!
Fill the piping bag with your cream or icing and snip off the point to the desired piping size. Use a new bag if you need to. Don't try to re-fill the first one, it doesn't work!