Today I am going to bring you into the wonderful world of Aquafaba. This is the name for the water in a can of chickpeas. Vegans use this as an egg replacement and today i am using it in my meringues.
You will need…
- Aquafaba from one can of chickpeas
- One cup of icing sugar (250g grams)
- One teaspoon of lime juice
Grab yourself an electric whisk or if you are feeling like killing your arm muscles grab a standard one and pour your aquafaba into a large bowl, then you need to whisk this for 15 minutes on high or untill soft peaks form.
Once you can see some soft peaks continue to whisk the aquafaba and a teaspoon at a time add the icing sugar.
When the icing sugar is all been added pop in your lime juice and whisk this untill stiff peaks are formed.
You can choose one of two options now. You can be messy or neat. If you want to be messy grab a tablespoon and dollop one tablespoon drops of Meringue mix onto a baking tray covered in baking parchment. The neat option is to pipe them, if you are feeling really risky you could wipe some food colouring paste onto the inside of the piping bag so you get stripes of colour in your meringues. To pipe the meringues you will need to get a medium wide round nozzle and pipe them into circles and pull the piping bag off quickly to get the traditional pointy curl to the meringue.
Bake them in the oven at 200° celsius for one Hour and a half or untill they are firm to the touch, they will not be browned but you can do this with a blowtorch if you really want. This Meringue mixture can also be used on the top of a key lime pie.