Okay y’all, I know it’s been a long time since I’ve posted, but I’m back, and hopefully this post will make up for my time away. 😛
So lately in the veganosphere, there had been much twittering about the fact that the liquid from a can of chickpeas could yield a perfect fluffy meringue. A Facebook page even sprung up discussing people’s trials and errors. Given how much chickpea brine I’ve thrown away while making hummus, this seemed like a damn shame to not try it out. It was shocking how easy it was to make these sweet treats that I thought would be impossible to make without eggs.
So here’s the recipe, folks. Give yourself time to make it; aside from the 15 minutes or so you’ll spend beating…
and you will do a lot of beating…
it takes about 3 hours in total for baking and cooling. But so worth it. It will taste indistinguishable from the meringues in your non-vegan childhood. There are a ton of applications for this, from french macarons to a lemon meringue pie. For now I just made some simple vanilla meringues, and they are pillowy slices of sugary heaven.
Makes 24 meringues
|1/2 cup of chickpea brine
2 pinches of cream of tartar
1/2 tsp of vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups of powdered sugar
Preheat oven to 200 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper
Drain a can of chickpeas, save the liquid, and place 1/2 cup of chickpea brine into a mixing bowl. Add two pinches of cream of tartar and 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract and beat at high speed using a stand mixer or hand mixer. It will become frothy and then start to form stiff peaks (this process usually takes about 10 minutes).
Once stiff peaks have formed, slowly add the powdered sugar, one tablespoon at a time. Keep beating until the peaks stiffen and the mix becomes shiny.
Put in a decorating bag (or ziplock with corner cut off) and pipe on parchment paper.
Bake for 1 hour and 45 min @ 200 degrees F. Do NOT open the oven door during this time.
After the 1 hour and 45 mins turn off the oven, and crack it open. Allow the meringues to sit for another hour with the door cracked.