Hi my name is Megan and I'm addicted to chai. I have tea bags, the concentrate, and all the spices to make it myself. I could probably live on chai tea alone, if I had to. I love the spiciness, I love the sweetness, I love it all.
Before finding this recipe, I would have never considered making my own meringues
4 egg whites, room temperature
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar (or fresh lemon juice)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
6 tablespoons brown sugar
A touch of vanilla extract (more or less, depending on how much vanilla you like)
Dash fresh ground black pepper (I like 'em spicy, so I put several dashes)
Preheat the oven to 250 degrees. Line a baking sheet with a baking pad or parchment paper. Unless you have hulk arms, I recommend using an electric mixer to beat the egg whites, salt, vanilla and cream of tartar until soft peaks begin to form. This will take about 3 minutes. Combine spices and sugar in a bowl and add them one tablespoon at a time. Once the the meringue is stiff and can stand on its own, it's ready!
Fill a pastry bag (or ziplock bag with a hole in the corner) with meringue and form small circles.
I had better experience with smaller circles, versus bigger ones which ended up being gooey in the center, which is not what you want with meringues. Leave them in between 25-30 minutes until they're golden.
As it is with meringues, you can turn off the oven when they're golden and leave them in there, letting them dry out and crisp up.
This tasty snack keeps well, is gluten-free and low cal, and keeps really well. Perfect for tea parties and when you just need a bit of spicy sweetness to get your through an afternoon. Kid tested and approved!
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