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Egg Free Meringues - December 6th 2017, 05:14 AM

I'm a transitioning vegan. I'm still a vegetarian but I'm wanting to go on a full plant diet. Anyways! Today I made egg free meringues and the main ingredient used in this simple recipe is chickpea liquid. It's otherwise known as Aquafaba. Aquafaba is used as an "egg" for recipes. I thought to myself while making the meringues, "You know, it's gonna taste a lot like chickpeas and not sweet and whatnot" I was wrong. It's very sweet and it's a nutty flavour in it. As I'm typing this, it's cooking away in the oven and it really looks like normal meringues.

The ingredients are:
400g canned chickpeas, liquid drained and stored in the fridge for 2 hours
220g caster sugar
1 tablespoon cornflour

The method:
1. Drain the chickpea liquid/aquafaba in a bowl, chill in the fridge for 2 hours.
2. Preheat the oven to 180C, line two baking trays with baking paper.
3. When the aquafaba is cold, use an electric mixer, & whisk until soft peaks form, gradually adding one tablespoon of sugar until all the sugar is dissolved.
4. Once all the sugar is mixed through then add the cornflour, the mixture should be quite firm and glossy.
5. 1/4 cup roughly per mixture, shape 10cm rounds onto baking trays to make roughly 12 meringues.
6. Place in oven, reduce temperature to 100C, bake for 1 hour 15 minutes or until the outside of the meringue is firm and crisp. Switch off the oven and then leave the meringues in the oven for 2 hours.

Quite simple! You can then add whipped cream and fruit on top or whatever you like Pictures to come!


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Re: Egg Free Meringues - December 7th 2017, 05:45 AM

I've heard of Aquafaba being used as an egg substitute. I always found that interesting.

I am glad you tried this out and thought they tasted good. Meringue is actually really good too.


   
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Re: Egg Free Meringues - December 7th 2017, 07:06 PM

a lot of dairy things have their own non dairy products that can be used instead, but nothing is quite like the egg so i'm glad you have come up with something close enough
   
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Re: Egg Free Meringues - December 9th 2017, 04:44 PM

This sounds really good, Delwen! Good luck with your vegan diet and please continue to share the recipes you come up with.
   
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