Are you ready to learn the black magic that is Aquafaba??
I’m consistently amazed by how the heck BEAN WATER replaces an egg. But I’m not mad at it. It’s crazy.
This is something I’ve been wanting to try for a while, I kept seeing other vegan bloggers trying it and I was like no way… but it works!! I present to you : Vegan Pavlovas aka Meringue Cookies using chickpea water instead of eggs.
They take a bit of time, and you will need an electric mixer, but you can make them in advance and they are such a nice was to dress up a fruit salad.
- 1/2 cup aquafaba (the water from your can of chickpeas)
- 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
- 3/4 cup of sugar
Preheat your oven to 240F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. If you like you can draw circles on the parchment to make even cookies, or you can just wing it. I winged it, and mine were a little too close together, and grew into each other, but I was able to separate them once they baked.
In your stand mixer or in a bowl with an electric hand mixer, combine the aquafaba and cream of tartar. Whip on high for 5-8 mins, until you get medium to stiff peaks forming. (I never really got stiff peaks at this stage and they turned out fine, but other recipes I read said to get stiff peaks at this stage).
Slowly add the sugar, 1 tsp at a time. Continue whipping on high until glossy, then scrape down the sides and continue to whip for 3 mins after all the sugar is in, or until you get stiff peaks. They will happen here.
Spoon or pipe (if you fancy) the mixture onto the parchment. Bake for 1.5 hours and then allow to cool in the turned off oven as long as you like. I left mine in for about 45 mins after. Serve with fruit of your choice, perhaps some mint leaves like I did, some coconut whip if you want, really anything you like!
Let me know if you try this chickpea trickery, I don’t think anyone would ever know the difference. Have you tried any other aquafaba recipes? How did it go? All of mine have been successful so far (check out some other here and here!)
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