Egg Replacer

Egg replacers are useful in the plant-based kitchen to replace eggs in some recipes. I always want to clarify this claim, because eggs have many different functions in cooking: The protein-rich white can lend either dense structure or foamy lightness to baked goods, the yolk has fats and proteins that combine to create richness and solidity to cakes, custards, creams and sauces. A simple starch-based egg replacer cannot replace every function of an egg. But, egg replacers can be valuable in the plant-based kitchen

When shopping for an egg replacer, be sure to carefully read the ingredients. A good egg replacer will have a combination of starch (potato, tapioca and lupin are the popular ones), perhaps a small amount of baking powder and maybe even a pinch of turmeric to give the mix some color. Avoid egg replacers with too much salt or ingredients that seem more suitable in a laboratory.

Most egg replacers say about 1 tablespoon of dry egg replacer mixed with 1 or 2 tablespoons water will function like an egg or egg yolk. But, water and starch alone will not be enough in most cases, which is why I prefer a different method when baking. I combine 2 or 3 teaspoons of dry egg replacer with 100 ml aquafaba to create a more functional egg replacer. Here’s how I do it:

Egg replacers are useful in plant-based baking…especially for those who are gluten-free.

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