Happy New Year! I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and are looking forward to the year ahead!
I’ve decided to kick start 2018 with some new goals.
The first is to get outdoors more and the second is to incorporate more plant based foods into my diet.
The latter is how this recipe for vegan aquafaba caramel macarons came about.
Just for fun, I thought I’d include some pictures of winter here in Montana. Getting outside to ski and making a vegan macaron recipe…I guess I can cross my goals off for the rest of the year!
The basis of this recipe is aquafaba. If you have no idea what aquafaba is then your mind is about to be blown. Aquafaba is chickpea brine, the liquid that is leftover after you strain chickpeas.
Basically someone really smart discovered that the protein structure from the chickpea brine is exactly the same as the structure of egg whites. This is an absolute game changer for vegan baking. Whipping the aquafaba with sugar produces a meringue just like egg whites, which means you can obtain a meringue that is stable enough for french macarons without using any eggs!
Simmering the aquafaba on the stove until it reduces by about a third and letting it chill in the refrigerator overnight will make it thicker and give it a similar texture to egg whites.
Once the aquafaba meringue is ready you just follow the same technique for making typical french macarons. I like to add 1/4 teaspoon of cornstarch to the dry ingredients when using aquafaba instead of egg whites because it helps the macaron batter dry out faster before baking. My first batch of vegan macarons took almost four hours to dry out before baking, but the cornstarch allowed this batch to dry out within 30 minutes.
These vegan aquafaba caramel macarons are filled with the easiest date caramel filling. I just blitz up ten pitted dates in a food processor with a bit of soy milk until it has the texture of a thick caramel. Of course, it won’t taste exactly like traditional caramel sauce, but I personally love the taste of dates so this is a perfect substitution without any refined sugar or dairy!
These vegan aquafaba caramel macarons are perfect for the new year and now that I know about aquafaba I can’t wait to experiment with more vegan dessert recipes!
Let me know what your goals are for this year and what you’d like to see more of on this blog in 2018! Thank you so much for reading and following along, I can’t wait to share and create more with you in the year to come!