Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Vegan Egg Substitutes

Vegan baking can be both easy and delicious but when first starting out, knowing how to make recipe adjustments can be a deterrent to new vegan bakers.  Here are a few tips and trips on vegan egg substitutes to help make your vegan baked yummers turn out awesome every time!

Egg Substitute Options
Ener-G Egg Replacer
Flax Seed
   1 egg = 1tbsp ground flax seed whipped with 1/4 cup water
Apple Sauce
   1 egg = 1/4 cup apple sauce
Banana, Pumpkin, Squash, Sweet Potato
   1 egg = 1/4 cup puree
   1 egg = 3 tbsp pureed tofu + 2 tbsp cornstarch  or 1/4 cup pureed tofu
Sour Cream
   1 egg = 1/4 cup vegan sour cream + 1/4 tsp baking soda
   1 egg = 1/4 cup soymilk + 1 tbsp lemon
   1 egg = 1/4 cup almond milk + 1 tbsp vinegar


- Ener-G Egg Replacer is a fail safe option for baked goods and works very well.  However, if you are looking for a less proceed option then another substitute would be best. Ener-G can be found at most grocery stores and heath food stores and is a great pantry item as it has a great shelf life.

- Flax seed lasts longest when it is stored as a seed and then ground freshly when needed using a coffee grinder.  Keep a jar of ground flax seed in the refrigerator so it is ready to use.  Flax has a strong nutty flavor that is delicious and can enhance breads, cookies, and dishes.  It creates a healthy yet subtle bran-like flavor and goes best in dishes that are earthy such as quinoa cakes, casseroles, in nut breads or cakes using whole wheat.  Great source of fiber, too!

- Apple Sauce is a great option for making cakes with a denser quality such as apple spice cake, coffee cake, or a bundt cake.  The apple flavor is very subtle and comes across as a nice sweetness so this substitute can be used for orange, lemon, strawberry cakes or even for zucchini bread or carrot cake.  This is a wonderful low fat, low calorie option and is a great pantry staple.

- Banana, Pumpkin, Squash, and Sweet Potato puree are the best choice for dense/chewy texture but strongly affect the flavor and color of your baked treat. For a lighter density add 1/2 tsp. baking powder to your puree.

  • Banana puree is a good choice for banana bread but can work well for chocolate brownies since the        chocolate flavor will overpower the banana.  I have also used banana in peanut butter cookies with great  success.
  • Pumpkin and Sweet Potato work extremely well in cinnamon rolls.  Sweet Potato gives the rolls are nice cinnamon color and the flavor pairs extremely well with cinnamon and sugar.  When making anything with a pumpkin theme, pumpkin puree works well.  Pumpkin bread, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin cinnamon rolls, etc.  
  • Squash such as acorn squash and spaghetti squash will give a subtle "harvest" flavor and this is a wonderful addition to holiday baking.  However, I will most often use them when making savory nut breads such as zucchini or in quiche.  When making a tofu quiche, the tofu will work as a binding agent but squash puree will add to the color and the flavor.  Also works extremely well in casseroles.
- Tofu puree is not my substitute of choice when making sweet treats.  Tofu (with added turmeric for color) works well as a scramble and most people think they are eating eggs when seasoned well with salt and pepper.  Tofu is wonderful in quiche and frittata and custard.  While tofu does not get "fluffy" the way eggs do, it does have an "eggy" texture that is yummy.

- Vinegar eggs work very well without adding weight or flavor.  However, this must be used with a recipe that calls for baking soda in order for the vinegar to work.  If the recipe does not call for baking soda, then add 1 tsp. to your vinegar solution.  This egg substitute works well for light and chewy cookies and works well in cake batter when making sheet cakes or cupcakes.  Won't affect color.  I also use apple cider vinegar for my Creamy Mayo.

- Eggless Egg Salad can be made using chickpeas. Check out my recipe for an easy Eggless Egg Salad.

- Keep in mind that many delicious recipes don't needed to be altered as they don't call for egg.  From pizza crust, to bread, to brownies there are lots of recipes which do not need eggs.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Get Your Bake Sale On!!

Launching a new blog is always tons of fun and I've decided to kick mine off with some 101 on vegan bake sales!  This weekend in Seattle, Vegan Haven (kick ass local vegan grocery also known as Sidecar for Pigs Peace) is holding a vegan bake sale to raise funds for Pigs Peace Sanctuary.  For those who haven't heard of it, Pigs Peace Sanctuary is a tranquil home and rescue site for abused farm animals who have been rescued and given the chance to live in peace.  Living in peace is something all species crave and eating baked goods is something all people enjoy!  Why not combine the two and start your ovens for this weekends save the pigs vegan bake sale!!  Bakers are in need and Venturing Vegan will be making some delicious contributions!  Wondering what I should bake... thinking about brownies and peanut butter cookies...

If you are in town, please stop by and please help spread the word!  If you need a little motivation to ditch the pork and embrace veganism, then check out this article from Eatocracy on our bacteria ridden pork supply:  Bacteria! It's whats for dinner!

Guidelines for Bakers:
  • Please drop off your baked goods @ Vegan Haven during this time frame: Friday, December 14th after 6pm through Saturday, December 15 at 8pm.  If this doesn't fit in your schedule or you would like to bring in your items on Sunday morning so we have fresh goodies, please let me know and we'll work out arrangements.
  • All items must be vegan (no honey)
  • All items must be cooked/baked.  Dehydrated food is A-OK to bring to the sale.
  • Avoid potentially hazardous foods that spoil easily without refrigeration.  For example, pudding, cheesecake, a whipped cream filling or topping, etc.
  • Wrap all of your items at home in individual sized servings.  For example, if you¹re baking cookies, wrap them individually or 2 or 3 together in saran wrap or a sandwich bag.  The reason behind this is to minimize direct hand to food contact at the sale.
  • Follow hygienic practices when preparing and wrapping food--wash your hands frequently, keep a clean working environment, etc.
  • Please bring a list of ingredients that you used in your baked goods. People might have questions at the sale regarding allergies, etc.  You can put the list of ingredients on each item or bring one list, it's up to you.
A general bake sale note: individual sized portions tend to sell better than large items. That way people can buy more of a variety.
Event Details (Please help us spread the word!)
  • What:  Vegan Haven Holiday Bake Sale
  • When:  Saturday December 15th at Noon - 8pm and Sunday December 16th at 10am - 7pm.
  • Where: Vegan Haven (http://sidecarforpigspeace.com/): 5270 B University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105
Directions & hours that the store is open are available at http://sidecarforpigspeace.com/main/directions.html.