Christmas Kisses and some blog love

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Only 7 more sleeps!
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 ☺

Meringue Kisses

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.

In a deep bowl (make sure it’s squeaky clean), start beating the egg whites. When slightly frothy add in the cream of tartar and beat until soft peaks start to show. Add sugar a little at a time, beating well after each addition. (The meringue may “weep” if the sugar isn’t incorporated properly.) Add the rind and cinnamon – I actually added these to the last batch of sugar to help it disperse better. Beat until thick and glossy (if using hand-held beaters, you should be able to “feel” the stiffness of the meringue while beating.)

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.


Hungry Dog said...

The award is much-deserved--I love your blog!

These meringues are too perfect--I love the swirly design! So festive. Have fun prepping for the holidays with your mini-critics!!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

They look so pretty! Wonderful!



The Cooking Photographer said...

Sooooooooo cute omgosh! This has got to be the most adorable cookie of the season!

Ellie said...

I love Maringue kisses. they are so moreish! Love the swirls. I must try this technic :)

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

They look beautiful Shaz! You've made them look so festive with the stripe detailing :D

Trissa said...

Congratulations on your award! Truly deserved. And the kisses look yummy!

3 hungry tummies said...

very festive with a lovely name sweet!!

shaz said...

Thanks folks! We ate the last of these today...surprised at our willpower!

Barbara said...

These meringue kisses are ADORABLE!
And congrats on your award!

Grace said... light as air yet chock FULL of flavor. i love your decorations too--very artistic of you, shaz!

Cristie said...

What a wonderful delicate cookie- it's beautiful and so unique! I love it.

Devon said...

With all the different allergies and intolerances out there these days, a parent has to be quick witted and ready. Nice work!

shaz said...

Thanks everyone :)

Erica said...

I love meringue cookies! Your look so cute!

Esther said...

Oh as a gluten free person I would certainly have been pleased with them, so sweet looking!! The stripes make them so much more than normal ones. Just one thing though your link to the brush striping is broken there is an extra " at the end that needs removing.

shaz said...

Oops! Thanks so much for letting me know Esther. I think I've fixed it now. Cheers.