Whether or not you have been following the popular TV series The Great British Bake Off, it’s hard to ignore the headlines and social media, advertising the fact that this week on GBBO, is vegan baking week.
If you follow the show and you are vegan, this is probably the week you have been eagerly waiting for. Perhaps you are a keen baker yourself? Maybe you have no clue at all about vegan baking and your cooking skills leave little to be desired? It could even be that you are not vegan yourself but are just curious on how vegan baking really works?
We are hoping that whatever your reasons for watching vegan week on The Great British Bake Off, that you will take inspiration from the show, and try your own vegan bake.
To help you get those creative baking juices flowing, here is our handy guide to vegan baking.
What can I use in place of eggs?
This egg replacer is a fantastic alternative for eggs to use in your favourite recipes. It can be used in home baking e.g. cakes, meringues & pancakes and is low in fat and free from preservatives.
Eggs are high in cholesterol, so this product is a great way to make your favourite bakes healthier.
Gram flour (or chickpea flour/besan flour) is also a great egg replacer and can be used to make egg based dishes such as quiches, into a healthier vegan version.
There are also plenty of egg replacers available in most supermarkets, that you may not have considered such as apple sauce, flax seeds and chia seeds.
Custard traditionally is made from eggs however, there are plenty of vegan alternatives now such as Sojade – Vanilla Custard (530g) – £1.55.
Serve in or alongside a variety of vegan desserts or, for a cheaper option use Bird’s custard powder (which is accidently vegan) and make it with plant-based milk instead of cows milk.
Gluten-free and vegan baking:
Doves Farm Gluten Free Organic Self Raising Flour (1kg) – £2.29 (Coeliac UK certified)
Gluten-free baking is huge at the moment and this flour is ideal to use in place of regular flour. It is made from a blend of naturally gluten free ingredients, so use this flour as an alternative to self-raising flour made from wheat.
When baking with vegan products, it is important to remember that eggs make bakes rise, so you need to use alternatives to eggs that will help you achieve that perfect bake. By adding things like Doves Farm Gluten Free Baking Powder (130g) – £1.55 to flours when making cakes, scones and puddings, you can achieve a light fluffy texture to your cake or bread, without the use of animal products.
Xanthan Gum is useful in gluten-free baking as it can be used to bind gluten-free flour in place of the gluten.
It works well in recipes for bread makers and can also be used as a thickener for sauces and salad dressings.
What can I use in place of butter?
This spread is dairy and Gluten Free. You can use it exactly how you would butter. It is ideal for spreading on your favourite breads, creaming into homemade cakes and melting over fresh vegetables.
Chilled, dairy-free coconut spread containing 21% coconut oil and rapeseed oil. Enjoy as a spread on bread or use as a replacement for margarine or butter.
Supermarkets are now bringing out their own versions of dairy-free spreads now. Check out your supermarkets free from fridge aisle to see what butter alternatives they sell.
These little chocolate drops are dairy free, gluten free, soya free and organic chocolate drops which are perfect for adding to cookies, chocolate muffins, cupcakes or other dessert recipes. Use in place of non-vegan chocolate chips for a healthier chocolate alternative.
Lots of supermarkets now sell their own version of free from chocolate and lots of dark chocolate is also milk free.
We hope this guide helps you in your vegan baking quest. Many of these products pictured above are available from the online vegan supermarket The Vegan Kind, where you can shop for a whole host of delicious snacks, treats and cooking essentials.