No eggs no problem

This is an update of a blog I wrote a while ago, the reason being more egg replacements are now available on our supermarket shelves.

It is amazing how many products are available now on top of the natural ones we can use. See below for some new items.

Before I became vegan I was a vegetarian for most of my adult life. I even kept a very small flock of chickens and only used the eggs produced by my gaggle of feathery girls, who roamed around the garden to their heart’s delight.

As an enthusiastic baker, I was in blissful ignorance as I cracked open my eggs daily. I could not imagine baking or cooking without them. Then just over two years ago I decided after watching some powerful documentaries to become vegan. The only thing that worried me was how I was going to continue to bake without eggs. Fast forward to now and it still amazes me how easy it is to replace them.

In baking, eggs play a variety of roles such as providing structure, leavening, and binding ingredients together. Beaten egg whites make wonderful cloud-like meringues to produce pavlovas.

In vegan baking, there is an alternative food to mirror the role of the egg. These are a few of the ones which in my mind are the best.

Aquafaba

This viscous liquid is found in a tin of chickpeas before its amazing properties were discovered it was normally poured down the sink.

Best used in the making of meringues, macarons, and pavlovas. It is normally whisked up to the same way you would egg white or used in its natural state.

3 tbsp = 1 large to medium egg white.

It mimics the white of an egg and whisks up thick and glossy just the same. It works wonderfully in that classic dessert lemon meringue pie.

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Fruit or vegetable puree

Using fruit or vegetables in vegan baking performs a few different uses. Purees give recipes a moist creamy texture with a subtle sweetness and acts as a binder. It also enables you to sneak some extra fruit into a recipe.

Fruits that work well are bananas, apples, pumpkins, and avocados. These once pureed have a wonderful creamy texture. Carrots and sweet potatoes are two of the vegetables I use. They work wonderfully in recipes like muffins, cakes, and brownies. I used avocado in my brownies here

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How to substitute

Use 1/4 cup of puree to replace each egg. If you want an extra bit of rising then you can use 1/2 tsp of baking powder for each egg replaced.

Flax and chia seeds

My favourite here is ground flax seeds over chai. I buy a big bag of golden flaxseeds (linseeds) and then grind down half of the packet and store it in an air proof container. This saves time rather than grinding them down each time you want to bake something. Buying them whole is cheaper too.

Once these ground seeds are added to water they thicken to a gel and acts as an excellent egg replacement. They also add heart-healthy vitamins and essential minerals to your recipes.

I tend to use them to replace the eggs in cookies, muffins, pancakes, and biscuits. They can also be used in savoury foods such as meatballs. They do not have an overpowering taste which is good but just a gentle nuttiness. Great in my nut butter cookie recipe

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Vinegar, lemon juice & baking soda

By using baking powder as a base and mixing it with an acid such as lemon juice or vinegar creates a reaction such as producing bubbles. This is great to use in quick bread, cakes and scones. When using this method you have to get things into the oven as soon as possible before the bubbles disappear


How to substitute

1 tbsp of vinegar along with 1 tsp of baking soda can be used instead of 1 egg. You can either use cider vinegar or white distilled vinegar

Silken Tofu

I never believed how such an uninteresting ingredient could be used to create wonderful vegan desserts such as mousses, cheesecakes, and pies.

Along with these, there are a few great commercial vegan egg replacements. A powdered one such as No Egg by Orgran, which I have used with great success on many occasions or the Follow Your Heart the plant-based one which I have yet to use.

NEW PRODUCTS

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This is the new kid on the block as far as egg replacements go. I love this product although I still mostly use my old favourite the flax egg.

I used this in scrambled eggs and I loved it , it was also great in omelettes, Yorkshire puddings or frittatas. The price for 490g is roughly £4.00. It is high in protein anB12. The container is equivalent to 8 eggs and contains no artificial colourings or flavours.


Ogg,s introduced us to cartons of aquafaba, the liquid you get in your tin of chickpeas. I could not wait to use this. I made my usual meringues and for the first time they were not great. To me they tasted grainy and the texture was wrong. Maybe I was having a bad day, I have more to use so time will tell. The packet contains 200ml which is equivalent to 4 eggs.


I hope this has helped get a few things straight about vegan egg replacements. Feel free to email me at thegfveganalchemist@gmail.com

 

If you make this, don’t forget to tag me on twitter as @veganalchemist1 or my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/thegfveganalchemist I love seeing your versions of the recipes. I would love to hear your comments too.

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