Sparkly Meringue Kisses (Vegan)

vegan-meringue-kissesMeringue always reminds me of my Grandma. She will whip one up for every family function, without fail.

Topped with cream and berries it is perfectly crisp, soft and slightly chewy all at the same time. I’m certain I will be gobbling more than a few bowls of the stuff over the next few months!

However, I’ve had a little revelation. For vegans out there who don’t wanna miss out on the meringue fun, this one’s for you. It’s a bit odd, but hear me out…

All ya need for DELISH vegan meringues is aquafaba. I know, what the bloomin’ ek is that? It’s the water you drain from chickpeas, I ain’t joking. Apazza aquafaba has a ‘wide spectrum of emulsifying, foaming, binding, gelatinising and thickening properties’. Who knew, eh?

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I wanted to put it to the test, and I think they turned out pretty well…

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Dusted with glitter because, you know me – festive at the first glimpse of Christmas hehe.

If you are also curious and fancy giving ’em a go, here’s what you will need…

120 ml aquafaba (drain a tin of chicpeas, keep the water)

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 tsp white wine vinegar (optional)

125g  caster sugar

Edible glitter / red food dye (whatever decorations ya fancy)

Firstly, line a baking try with a fresh, clean sheet of baking paper. (It’s all gotta be super clean and grease free, for some reason). Pre-heat your oven to 100C / 210F / gas mark 1.

In a large bowl (pref. glass), whisk the chickpea water until you get stiff peaks – an electric whisk is easier, if not – get them guns blaaazing. (Matt and I took turns at whisking for around 40 mins, now THAT is commitment!) You can also add in 1/2 vinegar at this stage to stabilise the mix, but it isn’t compulsory if you don’t have it in the cupboard.

To make sure the chickpea water is ready, tip the bowl upside down – as long as the mixture doesn’t start sliding down – start adding your sugar.

Start adding your sugar very gradually, spoon by spoon, keep whipping whilst you’re at it. Continue until all the sugar has been added, you are looking for a glossy, thick, delish looking mixture.

Spoon into a piping bag / sandwich bag – snip the corner and splodge onto the tray, quickly pulling away so you have that lovely meringue kiss look. Leave a little space between each kiss so they don’t merge.

If you fancy colourful kisses, paint the inside of the bag before spooning in the texture.

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Bake for 70 mins-ish (I know SO SO LONG) after baking, turn the oven off but leave the meringues inside with the door cracked slightly open for a further 50 mins so they dry completely. I recommend watching Blue Planet / a Christmas film and making a pot of tea whilst ya wait.

Remove meringue kisses and decorate! I sprayed mine with glitter – but you could get jazzy in ya fancied. Here are a few ideas

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The taste and texture is just like the regular egg meringue (OK ok maaaybe with a hint of chickpea). I think they would be lovely with Oatly cream and berries… Or just on their own as very moorish nibbles. OR popped into jars as a cute Christmas pressie for any vegan family members!

What are your thoughts, bit too bizarre or fancy giving it a whirl?

Ix

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  • Juliet May

    they look amazing, Immy! I might have to have a go! Fab pics, as always.

    • Hehe thanks Mumma >:) I will make them for our vegan Christmas, Maybe a vegan Eton mess for desert… Love you! Immy x

  • Amber Atlanta

    These look super christmassy! My fav thing incorporating meringue has got to be Eton Mess! These would look so good in that!
    Amber | http://www.amberatlanta.blogspot.co.uk

    • Ah so bloody festive lookin’ ain’t they!? Love a bit of glitter, I wish all my food was covered in it – Definitely, I absolutely LOVE Eton mess, I am going to give it a whirl at Christmas I think :) Immy x

  • These sound so good. I love meringue but I don’t think I’ve even had any vegan meringue since becoming vegan. I have some chickpeas in the cupboard…do I study or make meringue…OR BOTH?!

    • Ooooooooooh they are so delish! I think you will love ’em, they do have a ~slight~ chickpea taste but still are yummy lol. Did you end up giving ’em a go? I love how easy they are to make (especially if you have an electric whisk!) Immy x

  • huh, who knew chickpea water had a name?! AND YOU CAN WHIP THEM INTO STIFF PEAKS TOO???

    my bf made meringues recently – he made his too big and had to bake them for over 90 minutes, lol.

    becky @ star violet

    • I KNOW isn’t it mad!!??? I wonder who was the first to figure this out!? Love a vegan experiment! Oooh my boyf did the same with the rest of the mixture, just did a huge splodge and left to bake for hours lolz. Immy x

  • Oh my gaaaaad I need to try making these! I’ve missed meringue so much and they look amazing. Gorgeous photos too gal xxx

    Sophie | Sophar So Good

    • Yes Sophie I did think of ya! They are so delish, I love a meringue <3 Thank you so much chick :) Immy x

  • Courtney Hardy

    Those look so perfect for Christmas. I’ll have to make some.
    http://sugarcoatedbears.blogspot.com/

    • They are so cute and festive aren’t they? Oooh yes, give them a go (and let me know how they turn out!) Immy x

  • These photos are soooo dreamy! Sounds delish x

    • Ah Jasmin thank you so much, found a cute table to shoot at work hehe – very sneaky! Immy x

  • meringues have gotta be one of the most instragammable things ever, these little beauties are gorgeous!

    70 mins is soooo worth the wait! *dribble*

    katie. xx lacoconoire.com

    • Oh ma laawdy I know, not a patch on Meringue Girls but still pretty hehe! I ate about 7 of them and was hyper for hours. Immy x

  • I use aquafaba for so many things: icing, macarons, cakes, meringue. It’s such a good egg replacer! x

    rhymeandribbons.com

  • My mind just went “BOOOM”. I actually had to google aquafaba, but oh my. I have so many vegan friends and I looove making meringues since everyone loves them, so this is life changing. Thank you!

    Heidi ✨ | Heidi’s Planner

    • Oooh my gosh I know I had the same revelation haha! Changes the game completely, I can’t wait to experiment more with it! Let me know how you get on :) Immy x