Know the secret to vegan meringues

Know the secret to vegan meringues


·       1 Chickpea can

·       ¾ cup sugar

·       ½ tsp cream of tartar

·       Beetroot juice for color


·       Juice the beetroot if you own a juicer. If you don’t have a juicer grate it coarsely, place it in the middle of a muslin cloth and squeeze all the juice out of it. It should yield about 3 tsp of juice, which is plenty for giving your meringue lovely color.


·       Line a baking tray with a fresh sheet of baking paper.


·       In a large, clean bowl beat chickpea water with an electric whisk or use a stand mixer until you get stiff peaks.


·       To test if whipped chickpea water is ready, gently turn the bowl upside down. If the mixture does not start sliding down, you can start adding sugar. Otherwise, keep on whipping until the mixture stays in the bowl when inverted.


·       Start adding sugar very slowly, tablespoon by tablespoon, whipping well after each addition. Continue until all the sugar has been added. By now, the mixture should become beautifully glossy and thick.


·       Then add1/2 tsp of cream of tartar as well.


·       Pre-heat the oven to 100º C / 210º F.


·       Take a clean ziplock bag and add drops of beetroot juice inside making sure it coats the insides of the bag and doesn’t gather at the bottom. Now spoon meringue mixture into the bag – you may want to lay the bag on its side for this so that the beetroot juice doesn’t all run to the corner of the bag.


·       Cut the corner of your filled bag off – start with a small hole and make it larger if needed. Hold the bag perpendicular to the tray and squeeze small blobs of the mixture onto the tray and quickly pull away after each blob. Allow some space around each blob or else the drops may stick together.


·       Bake for about 75 minutes, then turn the oven off but leave the tray with meringue drops inside with the oven’s door slightly open for another 45-60 minutes for the meringues to dry out fully. Keep the meringues in an airtight container. Please note that the exact baking time depends on the size of your meringues so if you are going for a larger size, be sure to adjust the baking time.

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