The atmosphere is rich with excitement over at Chez Skewer! Coupled with the Christmas rush, MC senior is also officially on school holidays, so posting will be slightly erratic from now on.
MC Senior had a class picnic on the last day of school (Wednesday), and needed to bring something to share. Not wanting anyone to miss out, she requested a gluten-free treat so that her friend S would be able to eat it.
Having very little experience with GF baking, I knew I didn’t have the time to play around with different flours. Nuts were also ruled out due to strict school policy. Hmmm…what’s quick to whip up, contains no gluten or nuts and is kid-friendly? Meringues of course!
Using the brush-striping technique, I even managed to make them look festive. Flavoured with orange rind and cinnamon, they tasted quite Christmassy.
I used a small star shaped piping tip to make these and ended up with over 120 sweet meringue kisses. Too cute! MC Senior loved it and so did her little friends (apparently one friend ate 3 handfuls! Sorry friend’s mummy).
Speaking of love, I want to say a very huge thank you to Hungry Dog for this award. She’s a lovely gal who writes honest, often funny posts and she’s a dog person ( need I say more?). I know I’m supposed to pass it on, and I will soon – promise! Thanks again Hungry Dog.
And thank you for visiting! Come back real soon ☺
3 egg whites (room temperature)
¾ cup sugar (working on the ratio of ¼ cup sugar per egg white)
finely zested rind of 1 orange – leave to dry out on a plate overnight if possible. Or store loosely covered in fridge (the rest of the fridge will smell of orange rind though)
Generous pinch cinnamon
Pinch of cream of tartar
Prepare piping bag – visit this Wilton page for a how-to. Preheat oven to about 120˚C.
Carefully spoon mixture into piping bag. Pipe onto parchment paper lined trays and bake for about 20-30 minutes (baking time will be longer if larger shapes are piped). Don’t let the meringues colour too much, they should be crisp on the outside and slightly soft and a little chewy in the centre.
Store in an airtight container.