19 September 2011

PETA releases 'The Ultimate Vegan Baking Cheat Sheet'

PETA has just released their "Ultimate Vegan Baking Cheat Sheet", and if you love to bake then you don't want to miss out on these great ideas and tricks.

If you are just starting out in the world of vegan substitutes, print out this guide and attach it to your refrigerator. Even if you are a veteran vegan baker, you might learn a few things you didn't already know.

Most know that apple sauce and bananas may be used in lieu of eggs, but who knew that mashed potatoes would work just the same? When it comes to egg substitutes, here is what you need to know:

If you are making a dessert that requires eggs for the purpose of leavening to give it a fluffy texture -- for example, icing -- choose from one of the following ingredients:
  • 1/4 cup of apple sauce
  • 1 mashed banana
  • 1/4 cup soft tofu (pureed)
  • 3 tablespoons fruit (pureed)
  • flaxseed-use one tablespoon of flaxseed + 3 tablespoons of water combined to = 1 egg
If you are going for denser texture such as cookies or cakes, choose from one of the ingredients listed below.
  • 2 tablespoons of instant mashed potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch + 2 tablespoons of water
  • 2 tablespoons of potato starch + 2 tablespoons of water
  • Ener-G egg replacer (we all know and love this product)
  • Baking powder and oil-use 2 tablespoon baking powder + 2 tablespoon water + 1 tablespoon of oil = 1 egg.

If you've been itching to make a quiche like I have (my French grandmother would love it), but weren't sure how to substitute, just think tofu. Replace each egg with 1/4 cup of soft tofu (pureed). If you are in a hurry and don't have enough tofu on hand, PETA recommends a can of diet soda to replace two eggs. This can be done for cakes and does not add any additional calories. However, with all of the recent findings regarding aspartame, I think I'll take the tofu over the diet soda any day.

Looking to replace egg whites? Yes, I've wondered how this could be done too, and now we have an answer. Use one tablespoon agar powder which will dissolve when mixed with one tablespoon of water. Whip it, chill it, and whip it a second time to replace one egg white.

When it comes to replacing cow's milk, common substitutes such as almond, soy, rice, and coconut milks are becoming well known. Vegan buttermilk, who knew? Now you can make your own by mixing one tablespoon of unsweetend soy milk with 2 tablespoons of lemon juice OR vinegar. Wisk until creamy. Remember to always use unsweetend milk of any kind when baking.

A sweetened condensed milk substitute wasn't something I thought I would be able to create myself, but PETA surely found a way. You will need:
  • 2 1/2 cups soy milk
  • 6 tablespoons of your prefered vegan margarine
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • a pinch of salt
First warm the milk on the stove until it boils. In a second pan, melt the margarine and add the sugar. Once the margarine starts to melt, add the sugar and salt. Bring to boil and stir for five minutes. This recipe equals about 14 ounces.

And one last tip -- use a full fat margarine rather than light when baking.

So, did you learn anything? I sure did! Don't forget to print your own hard copy of "The Ultimate Vegan Baking Cheat Sheet" for easy reference.

Check out PETA's website for recipes, animal friendly shopping, news, and more.

Laeticia Butler | @Vegwritingmomma
After suffering with health issues for two years, Laeticia became a vegan and was able to go from barely walking to running 5Ks. During her life change she developed a newfound love and respect for animals and works hard to teach her son why we don't eat them. Follow Laeticia on her blog and Facebook.

Photo credit: Screenshot- PETA