Tuesday, 23 January 2018

How to make Vegan Meringues

 Find out how to make vegan meringue kisses.  Egg free meringues are a great alternative to traditional meringues.  Keep reading to grab the recipe for these Meringue Kisses with a raspberry swirl.

Vegan meringue kisses with a raspberry swirl

Meringues are, without doubt, one of those bakes which I have a huge weakness for.  Whether it's a traditional lemon meringue pie, a strawberry packed pavlova, a meringue topped cupcake, or even a show stopping Baked Alaska my response is to have a slice. Or two!

Pavlova with Strawberries & Basil Rhubarb & Strawberry Meringue Cupcakes Strawberry Baked Alaska

But have you ever wondered if there is such a things as a vegan meringue - one suitable for those who, for what ever reason, don't include eggs in their diet?

Well, as surprising as it may sound there is!   

Everybody can enjoy the sweet deliciousness of a meringue - even if they follow a restricted diet.  Meringues can be made without eggs!  They're made with a liquid called aquafaba which most households are likely to already have in the kitchen cupboards.

Egg free meringue kisses with a pretty raspberry swirl



What is Aquafaba?

Aquafaba is the commonly thrown away liquid found in cans of pulses, though that surrounding chickpeas appears to be preferred.  The name aquafaba was coined by the vegan community, specifically Goose Wohlt, and with a strong Aquafaba FaceBook Group (which is definitely worth joining if you're at all interested) there are now recipes which successfully use this liquid in a host of different baked goods from meringues and macarons, to mousses, brownies, cookies, royal icing, mayonnaise and even pasta!   

How to make meringues with aquafaba.


The method for making meringues with aquafaba is exactly the same as that with egg whites.  It really is that simple!

It's merely a case of whisking up your aquafaba liquid with a little white wine vinegar and then slowly adding the sugar.  The bake, like an egg white meringue, is slow in a cool oven.   

How to make vegan meringue kisses


What does aquafaba meringues taste like?


If you're imagining that your meringue will taste like chickpeas, or legumes in general, then you really need not worry.  As strange as it may sound your egg-free meringue will taste just like a traditional meringue.  Although you could keep your meringue kisses plain, you might also consider flavouring them, as I have in the printable recipe below, perhaps with something like a raspberry puree.

Vegan Meringue Kisses with a Raspberry Swirl.

These vegan meringue kisses were incredibly easy to make.  Just as easy as those made with egg whites.  The raspberry swirl not only makes these little vegan kisses super pretty, but they also introduce a lovely fresh flavour of raspberries which counters the sweetness of the meringue incredibly well.

These pretty meringues could be shared amongst party guests, or your loved one for Valentine's Day, though why not sandwich them together with a vegan chocolate ganache, or you could include them as part of a Peach Melba Eton Mess!

Peach Melba Eton Mess

So, here's how to make Raspberry Vegan Meringue Kisses.

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Raspberry Vegan Meringue Kisses
The raspberry swirl in these vegan meringue kisses not only makes them super pretty, but they also introduce the lovely fresh flavour of raspberries

Prep time: Cook time:     Yield: approx 40 meringue kisses
  • 100ml Aquafaba (see notes a & b below)
  • 1/2 tsp White Wine Vinegar
  • 120g Caster Sugar
  • 12 Raspberries (fresh or frozen) (optional)

1. Make the raspberry puree (optional). Place the raspberries in a bowl (if frozen allow them to defrost). Use the back of a fork to squash the berries into a puree. Pass the puree through a fine sieve to remove the seeds. Set aside the smooth raspberry puree.2. Preheat the oven to 90℃ fan / 110℃ / Gas 1/4 /  210℉.  Line a baking sheet with greaseproof paper, tacking it down at the corners with a little vegetable based spread. 3. Beat the aquafaba. Pour the aquafaba into a good sized bowl. Begin to beat the liquid with hand held beaters or a stand mixer. Once it's starting to foam add the white wine vinegar. Continue to beat until the aquafaba is white and thick, just like a meringue. Start to add the sugar a teaspoon at a time whilst continuing to beat. The aquafaba will become even thicker, and the bowl could be inverted as with a regular egg white based meringue.  This beating process will take about 8 minutes depending upon the speed setting of your beaters. 4. Prepare the piping bag. Fit a star nozzle into a piping bag. Draw a line of the raspberry puree inside the piping bag from near the tip to half way up the bag. (see note c below) 5. Fill the bag. Spoon the aquafaba into the piping bag. Aim for the bag to be about half full. 6. Pipe meringue kisses. With the piping bag vertical to the baking tray pipe little swirls of meringue, pulling the bag up at the end of the swirl. Continue until the tray is full of meringue kisses. You may need to refill your piping bag. 7. Bake. Place the baking sheet into the centre of the oven and bake for 75 minutes. Turn the oven off and allow the meringues and baking tray to cool slowly inside the oven for a further hour.8. Store & use. Store the meringue kisses in an air tight container to prevent them from spoiling and becoming sticky. Use as required, assembling just before serving.  
Notes: a) aquafaba is the liquid surrounding legumes.  That found in a can of chickpeas works best. b)  Ensure your tin of chickpeas is salt free. c)  Do be aware that some of the raspberry puree can trickle out through the piping nozzle before you start piping.  You can easily replenish the line of raspberry.  Do this by resting the filled piping bag in a pint sized glass.  Open the bag out.  Use a spoon to gently push the meringue to one side.  Use a teaspoon to trickle more of the raspberry puree in.  Resume piping.  d)  If preferred these meringues can be made without the raspberry swirl. 

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How to make vegan meringues with aquafaba.  These egg free meringue kisses have a pretty raspberry swirl which tastes amazing.

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  1. These are so so pretty Angie!! And I had no idea that aquafaba could be whipped up into these vegan meringues! I love them!!

    1. Thankyou Deepika :-) It's really amazing how it whips up Deepika - it always astounds me everytime I do it!
      Angela x

  2. What a fantastic idea. These look exactly the same as meringues using eggs. This has got me thinking - do you think you could use aquafaba to make vegan friands?x

    1. I know - you'd never know would you! To be honest other than the meringues I've only tried the aquafaba meringue in a carrot cake and although it looked great it was awful coming out - not enough strength to hold up the carrots etc I think! I think you'd have far more success with the fiands, but I'd suggest you check out that FB group as there are loads of recipes with hints & tips on there :-)
      Angela xx

  3. These look so pretty Angela. Thank you for linking up to #CookBlogShare

  4. I'm working on a vegan meringue recipe at the moment too Angela - great minds think alike!

  5. Wow Angela, these look so gorgeous - you'd never guess they were egg-free! Aquafaba is utterly amazing stuff. I am always curious, though, as to how the first person discovered it...I mean it's a almighty leap...'hmm I can't use egg...I know I'll use chickpea water instead'!?! Eb x

    1. Hahaha, I know - why on earth would somebody decide to whip up the water the beans come in! Thankfully they did though because this stuff is seriously amazing!
      Angela xx

  6. Your vegan meringues look amazing and so pretty! I tried to make vegan meringue once but it didn't work out for me, I really need to try again!

    1. Aw thankyou Kat :-) I whole heartedly would recommend that you do try it again when you get chance, I recall the first time I tried aquafaba meringues - they were good, but I've found that the white wine vinegar really does help to stabalise and strengthen the mixture.
      Angela x

  7. I STILL haven't made vegan meringues! Yours are so pretty and look like they came out really well x

    1. Ooh you so much Kate - it's amazing just how well the aquafaba works!
      Angela x


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