You might remember that a while back I got all excited about what I like to call vegan ‘meringue’, i.e. a gel made from boiled flax seeds and that can be whipped just like egg whites, and that I started replacing egg whites with flax seed gel in marshmallows and mousse au chocolate. Well, I was so excited about this discovery (and the slight lack around the web of useful recipes using it), I went out and wrote an article about it which is included in Chickpea magazine’s Spring 2014 edition.
It is this last recipe which I am most proud of, because it was just so darn difficult to get right. There was about a month when there was no surface left in our kitchen that wasn’t at some point covered in marshmallow splatter, my beaters seemed to be permanently glued to my mixer and yet the only results I had to show for all of this chaos was a substance that could not be better described as than vanilla-flavoured snot.
At that stage I decided to step away from the kitchen for a few days (partly for Alessandro’s sanity but also for my own), I did some more research, played around with different ratios of vegetable gums and vegan gelling agents until one day it finally worked. I was worried this was just a fluke so continued testing the recipe – lo and behold it worked time and time again and resulted in perfectly pillowy little marshmallow squares that looked just like the real deal (and that, most importantly, do not require you to order obscure ingredients online). Now I am not even vegan but I am dang excited about finally having conquered vegan marshmallows. What I am even more excited about is seeing an article I wrote and pictures I shot in print for the first time.
You can click here to pre-order the issue online or pre-order a hardcopy. The magazine should hit the stores sometime in March - click here for an overview of stockists (for London peeps, I know Foyle’s stocks the magazine).