1 April, 2017
Vegan meringue nests with fruit and chocolate eggs
Internet is full of new ideas. Sitting in the comfort of our home, the whole world opens up in front of our eyes.
Aquafaba has been popping up for sometime now. The Chatelaine magazine had a beautiful front cover on ‘Meringue kisses’, last year. I had my eyes on them and wanted to give them a try
For the uninitiated, meringues are made by beating egg whites till stiff peaks form, after which they can be given a bit of colour by a kitchen blowtorch. They are used to decorate the cake tops, tarts etc.
What about people who stay away from eggs? Fear not, this is where the Aquafaba creates it’s magic.
The water from canned chickpeas or even soaked and boiled chickpeas, when beaten creates the same effect. So here we are , the “No egg meringue”.
I tried making nests with the meringues, then decorated them with fruit pieces and chocolate eggs.
Recipe: Made about 30-32
Chick peas liquid 3/4 cup
Icing sugar 3/4 cup
Vanilla 1/2 tsp
Lemon juice 1/2 tsp
Grated coconut 3/4 cup
Agave syrup 3 tsps
Cadbury”s mini easter eggs as needed
Papaya and mango pieces as needed
Heat the oven to 212 degrees F.
Collect the liquid from canned chick peas.
If using fresh Chickpeas, soak about 2 cups in water overnight. Pressure cook using 4 cups water till the chickpeas are cooked, about 4 whistles. Collect the water.
Either way take 3/4 cup of the above liquid and beat using an electric beater till it becomes white and soft peaks form. You know it is done when it doesn’t fall even if the bowl is held upside down.
Add the sugar, vanilla, lemon juice and whisk again.
Collect this in a piping bag with a nozzle. Line the baking tray with parchment paper. Pipe out in concentric rings about 1 1/2 inch in diameter.
Bake for 2 hrs. If still sticky , add another half hour. Leave inside the oven to cool down.
Heat the grated coconut on a dry pan on medium heat till lightly coloured. Add the agave syrup as a binder. Spoon a bit of this mixture on the meringue nests and decorate with chocolate eggs or small fruit pieces.
If no piping bag is available, it can be scooped out with a spoon.