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March 2015

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Vegan Marshmallow Fluff from Chickpeas!

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Vegan cuisine is very innovative. Sure, some people might say that if you try to recreate a vegan version of every animal product based food there is, that is not innovative. But it is, because so many people come up with the most mind blowing techniques or very unexpected ingredients to create these “fake” foods. And we must admit that they are often so much more amazing than the “real” thing. Last year a blogger posted a way to make a vegan version of beaten egg whites that works perfectly for all kinds of meringues. And the most fascinating thing is, they used brine from a can of beans or hearts of palm as a base for their recipe. And if you think about it, it makes sense. During the cooking process beans release starches and proteins. These compounds form a stiff and stable foam that rises to the top of the cooking liquid. The brine has starches and proteins, too. If you combine this liquid with sugar, the two ingredients act exactly like and egg white sugar mixture: The protein is turned into a foam and the sugar traps and stabilises the air bubbles.

This is the easiest and most widely available method to make vegan egg white foams and it has been all over the internet for the last couple of weeks. Somebody already came up with a recipe for macarons and meringues have been popping up, too. People are very exited about this invention and trying it out like crazy. It’s amazing how innovative, adventurous and creative people have been over the last few weeks. I hopped on this train quite late, I saw a picture on instagram and then a link here and there. I didn’t do much research exept for reading that French blog post and I have been experimenting for two days now. I came up with my own versions of meringues and macarons and I plan to share them soon. (I posted a preliminary recipe for the macarons on facebook, but it’s not perfect yet.) But since both recipes are a bit tricky, let’s start with something foolproof here, that will totally win you over: marshmallow fluff made from chickpea brine. And no, it doesn’t taste like beans once you have whipped it up with sugar and vanilla.

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The picture above shows a basic foam, made from chickpea brine drained from a can and and powdered sugar only. I made a first attempt at meringues with this and it didn’t work out because the foam was too runny to pipe. Only later I learned that you just need to whip longer. I whipped for about 2 minutes when 10 would have been more appropriate. But impatience is sometimes a good thing. The blogger behind révolution végétale mentions two ingredients that will help stabilise your foam: guar gum and cream of tartar. Cream of tartar is often used in angel food cake and in meringue preparations. It helps to give more volume to regular egg white foams. Guar gum is a binder. Like xanthan gum it is often used in gluten free baking. You can also add it to ice creams to make them smoother. If you’ve ever worked with guar or xanthan gum you know that if you add too much, it will turn our slimy and gum like. For this recipe, the gum like texture is perfect as the gum will speed up the whipping process and change the texture of your foam greatly once the sugar is added. It changes from soft peaks to stiff peaks in a minute or so. Note that you cannot substitute cornstarch, agar agar, or tapioca starch here. Those have to be heated to swell and bind, while guar gum will swell once it’s combined with a liquid. Cornstarch or agar agar will do nothing to change the texture of your foam at this point.

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This bean fluff has a very firm but sticky consistency, just like melted marshmallows or marshmallow creme. The only downside:  It will probably creep up your beaters and stick to the mixer. It’s ean with a wet cloth, so I personally didn’t worry about it. Use  for ‘Smore pies, as a cookie filling or try some rice crispy treats. I used it as a base for my meringues, so stay tuned! If you are looking for a more delicate version you can put on top of pies, I suggest to leave out the guar gum and simply whip your foam until you have reached the desired consistency.

Edited: Some people reported they did taste a bean flavour after making this. I didn’t but you can add more sugar (double it) to disguise it further.

Thanks for reading this post! If you have questions about the recipe, ingredient substitutions, and so on, please read the comments first. Maybe your question has already been answered.

Vegan Marshmallow Fluff

Use this marshmallow fluff for 'Smore pies or as a cookie filling. It's also the base for my upcoming vegan meringue recipe, so stay tuned!

Ingredients

120 ml (1/2 cup) chickpea brine, drained from a can of chickpeas
1/2 tsp guar gum
1/8 tsp cream of tartar
50 g (1/2 cup) powdered sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla

Instructions

  1. Combine brine, guar gum, and cream of tartar in a large bowl.
  2. Beat with a handheld mixer for two minutes, until the mixture resembles lightly beaten egg whites. (See first picture)
  3. Add powdered sugar and vanilla and beat on high for five minutes, until the mixture is stiff and sticky.
  4. Transfer to a jar.
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March 2015

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White Chocolate Lemon Tartelettes

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I made a resolution to post at least twice a week, but this resolution was crushed instantly when F woke up with a temperature of 40°C (104°F) a while ago. And then some random virus infection knocked her out for two weeks. At first she was fine. She’s always been one of those kids who don’t mind fever. She did enjoy being at home and we spent a lot of our time together cooking. But then one day I asked her if she wanted pancakes and if she’d like to prepare them. She didn’t. Instead her energy levels dropped and she needed a lot of rest. She spent over a week sleeping a lot and all she was eating were three spoonfuls of yoghurt per day.

It’s interesting how different we react to illness. When I get sick I try to ignore it, grab a pain killer and some tissues and do business as usual. I want to function alright. Sometimes it works, but a sinus infection or the flu will force me to bed just like anybody else. F intuitively did the right thing. She slept a lot and refused to eat. That last part drove me crazy because she’s usually a pretty decent eater. She got checked up at the doctor’s office a couple of times and the virus was accompanied by a bronchitis. I am not very good at being patient and I was dreaming of a shot or some super pill that would make my kid act normal again. I hated sitting at home and I wanted to go back to our regular schedule. Of course a couple of days later my vegan superpowers (just kidding) left me and I got the same bug. At least we were sharing our misery now.

I think I learned a lot during these two weeks. Not for the first time I had another lesson in parents don’t know best. Since a fever usually never lasts longer than 3-5 days with F I was pretty sure that she had to be seriously ill. I rolled my eyes when the doctor told my husband that all we could do was wait. They see these infections every day and even a hacking pertussis imitation cough won’t make them blink.  I couldn’t stand F refusing to eat day in day out. I didn’t really trust her body. But my child is tough and she knows what is best for her. Eventually the fever went away and she was feeling better. I realised this when I opened a cookbook at the table and she pointed out some brownies. She told me we had to make them. The next day we sent her back to kindergarten where she ate two servings of pasta for lunch. And when she came home, she ate two large squares of the brownies I had made for her. She was back to her old self.

A while ago we also made some white chocolate and lemon tartelettes together. Yes, the ones I told you about. But while we were stuck in our flat trying to beat that bug, you probably ate all of that chocolate spread I told you not to eat. Well, that’s okay. I don’t blame you. Because while we made these tartelettes we had a similar problem.  F asked me about a hundred times: “Can I eat some now?” Because we have a lot on common: We are very impatient and we like to eat dessert.

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White Chocolate Lemon Tartelettes

For these vegan white chocolate and lemon tartelettes you won't need an oven. All you need is a little patience to let them set in the fridge.

Ingredients

For the crust
200 g (7 oz) craham crackers or shortbread cookies
2 tablespoons oil
For the filling
6 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
4 tablespoons water
6 tablespoons oat cream or coconut milk, divided
6 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon agar agar powder
2 teaspoons cornstarch
For the topping

Instructions

  1. Have 6 ramekins ready, about 9 cm in diameter.
  2. To make the crust, combine crackers or cookies and oil in a food processor.
  3. Process until coarsely cround.
  4. Divide between the ramekins and press firmly into the bottom.
  5. To make the filling, combine lemon juice, water, 4 tablespoons of oat cream and agar agar in a small saucepan.
  6. Combine the remaining 2 tablespoons of cream with the cornstarch and stir until dissolved.
  7. Bring the lemon mixture to a boil and cook for 1 minute.
  8. Add starch mixture and cook for another minute.
  9. Pour into the ramekins.
  10. To make the topping, place the spread in a small heat resistant bowl and melt over a water bath.
  11. Pour over the filling and place the ramekins in the fridge, until the tartelettes have set.
  12. Remove from fridge about 1 hour before serving.
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