The Ultimate Vegan Lemon Meringue Pie

Preparation time
60 mins
Cooking time
30 mins
Difficulty
moderate
Serves
12 people
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The Ultimate Vegan Lemon Meringue Pie

The Ultimate Vegan Lemon Meringue Pie (Vegan, Aqua Faba, Egg Free, Dairy Free, Gelatine Free)

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WHAT? A Lemon Meringue Pie with Meringue that DOESN’T DEFLATE!!! :0

Yes- You heard me!

This meringue is like the real deal!
Just look at the cell structure!
It can stay in the fridge for DAYS without the meringue topping melting! 🙂
Unless you eat it, which ofcourse, you will, as it’s so jolly good!
It’s just like the real thing, so no more sloppy foam inside that doesn’t set!
Just look at that!

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The pastry is to die for!
It’s well worth taking the time to make it yourself, as it’s so much nicer than using a shop bought, ready made pastry case.
It’s flaky and just perfect and wafer thin!

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The Lemon Curd sets nicely, is nice and lemony and a great contrast to the sweet,light and airy mounds of billowy Meringue.
This is diet disaster territory!
Seriously, if you’re trying to be good, I apologise, because I am leading you astray, but it is well worth falling off the bandwagon for!

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I have come a long way from the first vegan Lemon meringue Pie I ever made!
The first one was whipped up in the dark of night, a year ago, after hearing about Aqua faba on the internet!
I didn’t believe it could possibly be true, so I just had to try it!
Since then, as you can see by the food I have produced, i have made many different things with it from mousses of all kinds, through to Rocky Road, Pies and Cheese Cakes!
But it still irked me that the meringue in the Lemon Meringue Pies made with Aqua Faba just still were not quite the same as ones made with Egg, which set, rather than stay foamy inside, and one of the Plantified Members asked me if I could make her a recipe that was like the ones she used to enjoy, so I got out my chefs hat and whipped one up, and Voila- here it is!

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I hope you really enjoy it!
Please share with your friends and if you do make one with the Plantified recipe, please post it on Facebook with #Plantified so we can all see your creation!
Pile that meringue high, and never fear, you CAN make it IN ADVANCE as that meringue is not going anywhere- but in your mouth! 🙂

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Mango and Passionfruit Mousse Joconde Entremet, as seen in the Free Mousse E-book for members of Plantified.

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Enjoy
x
Katrina
Katrina Stuart, founder of Plantified.com and passionate plant-based/vegan foodie. Innovator, gourmet, gastronome and expert cook, baker and chocolatier. Mother of four equally passionate and discerning foodies.

* I used a 10inch / 25cm Diametre Flan tin
This recipe will make enough to make one large 10 inch pie, and 3 smaller individual serve pies OR an extra 6 inch pie, because you don’t want to be left pining for more the next day when the big ones all gone! 🙂

*** Like everything , accuracy in measuring and weighing yields the best results.
The sugar syrup requires a candy thermometre to check the temp.
If you don’t have one, use the Ice cold water trick, and drop some syrup into the cold water.
The syrup should form a firm, stable ball that loses its shape once pressed.

***The pastry and lemon curd need to made the day BEFORE topping with the meringue, to give the curd time to set firm!!!

Ingredients:

Shortcrust Flaky Pastry pie crust

150g self raising flour
30g castor sugar
2 Pinches of salt
50g hard white margarine (I use Crisp and dry – it’s basically a veg-based lard alternative)
50g yellow baking margarine (butter substitute)
70ml soya milk
1/2 tsp vinegar

Lemon curd:

1 1/2 cups Lemon Juice
3 tbsp Lemon Rind
1000 ml coconut cream (the whole of the can, solids and liquids is fine!)
280 grams sugar
100 grams corn starch.(cornflour)
A few drops of Natural yellow colouring

Meringue:

1 1/2 cups Aqua faba (I use butter bean)
1/2 tsp Xanthum Gum
2 tsp Vanilla Extract

Sugar syrup:

600 grams caster sugar
10 grams Agar powder (approx 3 tsp,but weight is better)
1 cup water
1 tbsp glucose syrup (you can leave this out but it stops any crystalisation!)

***Don’t know where to buy Agar Agar powder cheaply?
This is the one I use in everything I make, (they ship for free to many places):
(USA FREE DELIVERY $8 / 100 g) Crazee Deal Agar Powder / Faluda / Falooda / China Grass (Vegan Gelatine) Premium High Quality 100G
(USA FREE DELIVERY $15 / 300 g) Crazee Deal Agar Powder / Faluda / Falooda / China Grass (Vegan Gelatine) Premium High Quality 300G

(UK FREE DELIVERY £3.80 / 100g ) Agar Agar Powder (Vegan Gelatine) – 100g (Falooda/Faluda/Ceylon Moss China Grass) DSc

( UK FREE DELIVERY 300g / £6.25) Agar Agar Powder / Faluda / Falooda / China Grass (Vegan Gelatine) Premium High Quality – 300g

Glucose Syrup (USA $7.93 for 8oz) Wilton Glucose to Create Smooth Elastic Gum Paste, 8.5-Ounce

METHOD:


Shortcrust Flaky Pastry pie crust

150g self raising flour
30g castor sugar
2 Pinches of salt
50g hard white margarine (I use Crisp and dry – it’s basically a veg-based lard alternative)
50g yellow baking margarine (butter substitute)
70ml soya milk
1/2 tsp vinegar

  • Put the self raising flour in a mixing bowl. If you don’t have self raising flour, just add 1.5 tsp (8g) to 150g of plain flour of baking powder. Mix it into the other dry ingredients and add the margarines.
    With a knife (or I use a pastry blender as it’s much quicker) cut the margarines into the flour mix. Don’t cut the margarine too much (ie. don’t bread-crumb it). It needs to be rough and reasonably chunky.
  • Mix the vinegar and soya milk until it splits (this only takes a few seconds). Slowly add the curdled soya milk into the pastry and cut it in with a knife. It’s very important not to overwork the mix as you don’t want to develop the gluten bonds. ******You may not need all the milk so as soon as you can bring the mix together you don’t need to add any more. Place it in the fridge for half an hour or so if your margarine has lost some of it’s firmness.
  • It’s important while you’re working with the pastry dough to keep it dusted with flour so it doesn’t stick. It’s a delicate pastry and will rip if it sticks and you don’t want that.
    -Place the dough onto a floured surface and form it roughly into a rectangle. Dust the top with a little flour and begin to roll it out with your rolling pin. It’s much better to roll it out bit by bit and not try to get it too thin in one go. You’re aiming for a lovely uniform piece of dough every time. Roll it away from yourself to a thickness of about 1 cm. It should be a long rectangle (about three times longer than it is wide).
  • Now fold the third that’s closer to you over into the middle. Fold the third that’s furthest away from you over that. Now it should be roughly square and three layers thick.
    Turn it 90°, and roll it out again. Once you have the long rectangle again, fold the bottom and top thirds into the middle as before. Try to be really pedantic about getting this right. Keep it uniform in thickness and shape as much as possible.
  • Repeat this roll and fold process four times in total. What this does is sandwiches the rough chunks of fat in between 12 layers of pastry. This is where it gets it’s lovely, flaky, layered texture. This is where all the magic is!
    -Once you’ve done your final fold, roll the dough out to a length of about 35-40cm. Then roll it width-ways until it’s about 3mm thick.
  • Make sure it is the right size to fit your pie tin.
    I used a flan tin, so it was a decent size, and i had enough pastry left over to do 3 little individual pies.
  • Take your rolling pin and use it to roll the pastry onto, for an easy transfer to the pie tin without stretching or breaking it.
  • Sit the rolling pin over you pie tin and unroll the pastry without stretching it.
    it is better to get in in kind of gathered and straighten it out once its in.
  • Shape the pastry to the tin and cut off the excess taking care to remember it will shrink slightly so don’t cut it too close.
  • Place parchment paper inside the pie crust and fill with baking beads, making sure they go right to the edge as you want it all to stay flattened without rising.
  • Bake at approx 180c, depending on your oven, and keep an eye to make sure your edges don’t over brown, taking care to cover the edges with foil if needs be.
    -When baked, remove to cool.

Lemon curd:

1 1/2 cups Lemon Juice
3 tbsp Lemon Rind
1000 ml coconut cream (the whole of the can, solids and liquids is fine!)
280 grams sugar
100 grams corn starch.(corn flour)
A few drops of Natural yellow colouring

  • Combine all the ingredients and whisk together in a saucepan and bring it up to heat.
    Cook down, allowing time for the corn starch to thicken, taking care not to burn the bottom.
    This took at least 15 mins for me.Once done, pour into pie shell and refridgerate to set.
    It needs to set OVERNIGHT, or it will not be firm!
    It is still somewhat liquidy when you pour it in.

Meringue:

1 1/2 cups Aqua faba (I use butter bean)
1/2 tsp Xanthum Gum
2 tsp Vanilla Extract

  • Put both ingredients into the mixer and start beating.
    I do this before I do the sugar syrup and leave it running the whole time.
    Yes, I hear you, 1.5 cups IS ALOT of Aqua Faba, but the whole point of a dessert is indulgence, not stingyness, so we want a nice big pile of Meringue!
  • Add 2 tsp vanilla extract once it has whipped to stiff peaks.

Sugar syrup:

600 grams caster sugar
10 grams Agar powder (approx 3 tsp,but weight is better)
1 cup water
1 tbsp glucose syrup (you can leave this out but it stops any crystalisation!)

  • Place sugar syrup ingredients in a saucepan and bring to the boil.
    You may find a candy thermometre useful to make this (and alot of other recipes I have ) , otherwise use the cold water test described in the instructions above.
    You can get a cheap candy thermometer here in the UK/ Europe: Kitchen Craft Cooking Thermometer(£2.20) and here in the USA ($5.99) : Farberware Protek Candy and Deep Fry Glass Thermometer, ClearBoil until it reaches 250f!
    This can take some time.
  • Give it a stir once in a while so you don’t burn it.
  • When it reaches 250f, take it off the heat and slowly add it to the running mixer.
    I used my splash guard on the mixer as it was at totally full capacity with that amount of AF foam!
  • Gradually pour all the sugar syrup in and continue to beat.
    You will get steam coming off it as it is still hot so leave it running and it cools down somewhat.
  • Once it is thick and glossy and not piping hot you can add it to the pie.
  • Get a 50cm piping bag and tip ready.
  • I added most of the meringue in a pile on the pie, and THEN piped a top layer on top and used the tip to make peaks.
  • Leave it to cool for a while and the top will set.
    Then you can either torch the top, or put it under the broiler.

Chill- then serve.

Picture Version Method Below:


Shortcrust Flaky Pastry pie crust

150g self raising flour
30g castor sugar
2 Pinches of salt
50g hard white margarine (I use Crisp and dry – it’s basically a veg-based lard alternative)
50g yellow baking margarine (butter substitute)
70ml soya milk
1/2 tsp vinegar

-Put the self raising flour in a mixing bowl. If you don’t have self raising flour, just add 1.5 tsp (8g) to 150g of plain flour of baking powder. Mix it into the other dry ingredients and add the margarines.
With a knife (or I use a pastry blender as it’s much quicker) cut the margarines into the flour mix. Don’t cut the margarine too much (ie. don’t bread-crumb it). It needs to be rough and reasonably chunky.

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Mix the vinegar and soya milk until it splits (this only takes a few seconds). Slowly add the curdled soya milk into the pastry and cut it in with a knife. It’s very important not to overwork the mix as you don’t want to develop the gluten bonds. ******You may not need all the milk so as soon as you can bring the mix together you don’t need to add any more. Place it in the fridge for half an hour or so if your margarine has lost some of it’s firmness.

Flaky Shortcrust Pastry for The Ultimate Vegan Lemon Meringue Pie (VEGAN egg free, dairy free, gelatine free, Plant based) Sign up to Plantified.com to get a FREE VEGAN AQUA FABA MOUSSES RECIPE E-BOOK

It’s important while you’re working with the pastry dough to keep it dusted with flour so it doesn’t stick. It’s a delicate pastry and will rip if it sticks and you don’t want that.
Place the dough onto a floured surface and form it roughly into a rectangle. Dust the top with a little flour and begin to roll it out with your rolling pin. It’s much better to roll it out bit by bit and not try to get it too thin in one go. You’re aiming for a lovely uniform piece of dough every time. Roll it away from yourself to a thickness of about 1 cm. It should be a long rectangle (about three times longer than it is wide).

Flaky Shortcrust Pastry for The Ultimate Vegan Lemon Meringue Pie (VEGAN egg free, dairy free, gelatine free, Plant based) Sign up to Plantified.com to get a FREE VEGAN AQUA FABA MOUSSES RECIPE E-BOOK

Now fold the third that’s closer to you over into the middle. Fold the third that’s furthest away from you over that. Now it should be roughly square and three layers thick.
Turn it 90°, and roll it out again. Once you have the long rectangle again, fold the bottom and top thirds into the middle as before. Try to be really pedantic about getting this right. Keep it uniform in thickness and shape as much as possible.
Repeat this roll and fold process four times in total. What this does is sandwiches the rough chunks of fat in between 12 layers of pastry. This is where it gets it’s lovely, flaky, layered texture. This is where all the magic is!
Once you’ve done your final fold, roll the dough out to a length of about 35-40cm. Then roll it width-ways until it’s about 3mm thick.

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Make sure it is the right size to fit your pie tin.
I used a flan tin, so it was a decent size, and i had enough pastry left over to do 3 little individual pies.

Take your rolling pin and use it to roll the pastry onto, for an easy transfer to the pie tin without stretching or breaking it.

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Sit the rolling pin over you pie tin and unroll the pastry without stretching it.
it is better to get in in kind of gathered and straighten it out once its in.

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Shape the pastry to the tin and cut off the excess taking care to remember it will shrink slightly so don’t cut it too close.

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Place parchment paper inside the pie crust and fill with baking beads, making sure they go right to the edge as you want it all to stay flattened without rising.

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Bake at approx 180c, depending on your oven, and keep an eye to make sure your edges don’t over brown, taking care to cover the edges with foil if needs be.
When baked, remove to cool.

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Lemon curd:

1 1/2 cups Lemon Juice
3 tbsp Lemon Rind
1000 ml coconut cream (the whole of the can, solids and liquids is fine!)
280 grams sugar
100 grams corn starch (corn flour)

Combine all the ingredients and whisk together in a saucepan and bring it up to heat.
Cook down, allowing time for the maize starch to thicken, taking care not to burn the bottom.
This took at least 15 mins for me.

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Once done, pour into pie shell and refrigerate to set. It needs to set OVERNIGHT, or it will not be firm!
It is still liquidy when you pour it in like this:

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Meringue:

1 1/2 cups Aqua faba (I use butter bean)
1/2 tsp Xanthum Gum
2 tsp Vanilla Extract

-Put both ingredients into the mixer and start beating.
I do this before I do the sugar syrup and leave it running the whole time.
Yes, I hear you, 1.5 cups IS ALOT of Aqua Faba, but the whole point of a dessert is indulgence, not stingyness, so we want a nice big pile of Meringue!

– Add 2 tsp vanilla extract once it has whipped to stiff peaks.

Sugar syrup:

600 grams caster sugar
10 grams Agar powder (approx 3 tsp,but weight is better)
1 cup water
1 tbsp glucose syrup (you can leave this out but it stops any crystalisation!)

-Place sugar syrup ingredients in a saucepan and bring to the boil.
You may find a candy thermometre useful to make this (and alot of other recipes I have ) , otherwise use the cold water test described in the instructions above.
You can get a cheap candy thermometer here in the UK/ Europe: Kitchen Craft Cooking Thermometer(£2.20)and here in the USA ($5.99):Farberware Protek Candy and Deep Fry Glass Thermometer, ClearBoil until it reaches 250f!
This can take some time.

-Give it a stir once in a while so you don’t burn it.

-When it reaches 250f, take it off the heat and slowly add it to the running mixer.
I used my splash guard on the mixer as it was at totally full capacity with that amount of AF foam!

-Gradually pour all the sugar syrup in and continue to beat.
You will get steam coming off it as it is still hot so leave it running and it cools down somewhat.

-Once it is thick and glossy and not piping hot you can add it to the pie.

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-Get a 50cm piping bag and tip ready.

-I added most of the meringue in a pile on the pie, and THEN piped a top layer on top and used the tip to make peaks.

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Leave it to cool for a while and the top will set.
Then you can either torch the top, or put it under the broiler.

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39 comments

  1. CompuMagic said on April 27, 2016 Reply
    Awesome job Katrina! I will be trying to adapt this to my sugar free AF LMP! Kevin
    1. katrinastuart said on April 27, 2016 Reply
      You will do it marvellously too!!! :)
    2. Shmuel Wahli said on April 30, 2017 Reply
      if you like please share the sugar free recipe. thanks
      1. katrinastuart said on June 7, 2017 Reply
        Here is kevin Goughs version of this pie, using a sugar free syrup! http://www.compumagic.com/recipe/SugarFreeAquafabaMeringue.pdf
  2. nvenzke said on April 27, 2016 Reply
    This looks amazing. Will glucose crystals work instead of glucose syrup?
    1. katrinastuart said on April 27, 2016 Reply
      You can only try it! A few people on the Plantified Facebook group have already made it and said they had no problems with the syrup crystalising for them without glucose syrup, so you could just give it a go without if you'd like. I used to use Glucose powder to make icecream! It gives it a great, scoopable texture, without being too sweet!
      1. CompuMagic said on May 9, 2016 Reply
        I have also been told by a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America (ciachef.edu) that if you do not agitate the sugar syrup as much it will be less likely to crystalize
        1. katrinastuart said on May 9, 2016 Reply
          That's a good suggestion for those choosing not to use glucose syrup (not agitating the syrup whilst it boils). That is what I do when I make a caramelised syrup. I still think there is a benefit in using the glucose syrup for the mouthfeel etc, if you can get some. Wiltons sell glucose syrup in the USA.
  3. jan Roberts said on September 25, 2016 Reply
    I'm going to try agave instead of making the sugar syrup. Looks wonderful!
    1. katrinastuart said on September 25, 2016 Reply
      I think you might actually have success with that seeing as it will set with the agar (not needing the sugar as much for structure) and it will be done as a syrup. Make sure you bring it up to the right temp, and I would exclude the water in the recipe as you won;t need that to dissolve the Agave obviously! Let us know how you go! You can post up your results on the Plantified Facebook group! https://www.facebook.com/groups/Plantified/
    2. Sharon said on November 3, 2016 Reply
      Would maple syrup work? Am trying to simplify and not make the sugar syrup :-)
      1. katrinastuart said on November 3, 2016 Reply
        I haven't made it with either syrup, but I *think* you might be able to with Agave possibly. I think Maple will crystallise. I would suggest testing it,- at the worst you will end up with a bowl of yummy stuff to turn into an icecream or something, if it flops. I have used agave to make Nougat, so I think it might work with adjustments of the ingredients. If I was to try it, I would try the same weight in agave as sugar, add the agar, and a little glucose if you can. Bring it up to 250c and add it slowly to the mixer to gauge how much you will need to add...Maybe the whole lot, maybe not...When I get a chance I will have a try, but no time at the moment! I am also going to do a coconut free lemon curd, and make it with Plantified Double cream instead (recipe coming soon) and also a gluten free crust option, so people can mix and match the base, filling and topping to suit. Let me know how you go!
  4. Carolyn said on September 26, 2016 Reply
    Could you do a printer friendly recipe which pops up in a different window? I clicked 'print recipe', and got 21 pages with pictures!
    1. katrinastuart said on September 26, 2016 Reply
      Hi Carolyn! Yes! I would love to do a printer friendly version, but you'll need to bare with me! I have included lots of pics and info in the more difficult recipes as I want even novice cooks with no confidence to feel they have a chance at giving it a good go, rather than just being left with minimum text, but not knowing what to do next, as what's easty for some of us, is daunting for others! However ,this theme has proven unreliable for me- In the back end you have to enter ingredients and steps in boxes, and you will notice that on some recipes and not others. It takes alot of work to enter it like that, and I found it harder to read than just having the recipes and instructions in the main body of the text anyway, and after imputing all the info, we had ingredient and steps just disappearing randomly from posts either partly or completely, which was disasterous. There seems to be no reason or fix for it, so I started to put all the ingredients and instructions in the body of the text so it would remain there. I am going to go to a different theme that will lay things out in a way that suits my style, and will make it much easier for you too, but it's not as simple as just sitting down and doing it in one afternoon. It will make a mess of the site and be a big job to iron out all the glitches and make it seamless, so with all my responsibilities elsewhere in life, I just have to do that when I get a chance! For the meantime, please highlight the recipe and instructions in the body of the text and cut and paste it to print. That way you will simply just get the part you want! I hope you enjoy making the Lemon Meringue Pie! :)
  5. Julia said on November 19, 2016 Reply
    This looks amazing, I'm so excited to try it! I have a couple of questions which it would be great if you could help me with. If I don't have baking beads, is there anything else I could use? Just glass marbles or something? In the ingredients for the lemon curd, is that 1000 ml of coconut cream? i.e., a litre? Or is it 100ml? Just want to make sure!
    1. katrinastuart said on November 19, 2016 Reply
      Hi Julia! Yes, you could use Rice or Dried Beans to weight down the pastry during baking. Place some parchment paper in first so they don't get stuck on the pastry! :) Then keep the rice or beans aside to use next time, as it will no longer be good for cooking! Yes, it is 1000ml of coconut milk! :) I often cheat and use 800 ml plus 200 mls of soy milk so I only have to open two cans. I also have a recipe for a delicious Lemon curd (similar rich taste) Using Plantified Soy Double Cream instead of coconut cream, for those who can't get coconut cream, as some have told me it is expensive where they live. I will put that up on the site too so you can pick and mix the elements you want to make the pie!
  6. Rachna said on November 24, 2016 Reply
    I am making the meringue right now for the prepared pie and it won't become super thick! I sadly thought I had agar but it was pectin. I used that. Any thoughts on what to do?!
    1. katrinastuart said on November 27, 2016 Reply
      Sorry, I just saw this message Rachna! I have been out today... Hmmm, it needs the agar to set it. I guess by now you just popped it on top and hoped for the best? Let me know what happened, and make sure you get some Agar, so you can try it again! If I didn't have agar, I would try some carrageenan as that has similar setting properties, but then I have a lot of choices in the cupboard at any one time..
  7. Mary said on November 27, 2016 Reply
    Hi Katrina. I am looking forward to trying out your recipes as we have a grandson with severe allergies to dairy and eggs, so always on the lookout for treats we all can share. As I understand you are an Aussie, do you have any suggestions as to what I can use for the "hard, white margarine? (Copha?) The other margarine I would probably have to use Nuttelex. Have just ordered the Gellan Gum from the UK so hopefully that will arrive before Christmas so we can give the pav a go, too.. So pleased to have stumbled on to your site. Kind regards Mary
    1. katrinastuart said on November 27, 2016 Reply
      What were you wanting to use it for? Pastry? I will ask my husband what he used to use when we lived there... Proper baking margs ar available in Aus as Bakeries use them, but just not really to the public for some reason. Going to a bakery supply place locally ,you might be able to get your hands on something, or going into and actual bakery and talking to the owner and pleading to strike a deal to buy a little slice of theirs when you need it `:) You never know! If i had a shop I'd sell a chunk to people! Other than that, you can try refined coconut oil as the hard one, and make sure to keep the pastry cold so you don't melt it, as it is those lumps of fat melting while the pastry cooks that makes it so fab and flaky. You could also try making your own butter, like Nina's Aquafaba Butter link here: http://plantepusherne.dk/vegan-aquafaba-butter/
  8. Adria said on December 21, 2016 Reply
    I'm a friend of Sheila Rosa Meyer. I am a year old vegan but a long time vegetarian in the past. I'd like to be a member of your group, please.
    1. Nico / yumsome said on December 22, 2016 Reply
      Adria, you can just join the group - https://www.facebook.com/groups/Plantified/ - you don't need to be added by an existing member as it's a public group. Congrats on being vegan for a year! xx
  9. Nico / yumsome said on December 22, 2016 Reply
    I have to tell you, Katrina, that this went down a treat at our early Chrimbo dinner last weekend! I used my own sweet shortcrust pastry and lemon curd recipes but the meringue was all yours. It makes all the difference, using syrup, and not baking. I normally use dry caster sugar, and then bake for several hours - this is so much easier and quicker. And I got to use my MIL's Kenwood, which was a joy to use! Don't know if I mentioned it to you before but as a child, my son (now 31, and a father himself!), whenever it was his birthday, would ask me to make him a lemon meringue pie instead of a cake, which is why I wanted to make this for our Christmas dessert. Coincidentally, on Sunday, before he knew that I'd made the pie, he was telling me that he was having a discussion with some of his friends about LMP, and one of them said he needed to learn how to make it; Josh apparently said, "I don't need to learn because my mum makes the best lemon meringue pie in the world, and mine could never be as good hers. I wish I'd asked her to make one when she comes over to see us." He was a bit gobsmacked when I then brought out THE pie! Even more so when he realised that it was completely vegan, And was mightily impressed too! As was Vicky (his partner). Raven (my granddaughter) seemed to love the meringue - we didn't try her with the pastry or curd. In fact, Vicky was so impressed that she took the rest of the pie home! So there you are - your vegan meringue, loved by omnis who had no idea it was vegan until I told them!
  10. Mallika said on March 1, 2017 Reply
    Hi! Thanks for this recipe, it really worked so nicely the first time we did it with my friend. We used our own recipe for the pastry and the filling, but we didn't have a vegan version of the meringue so we used yours and the first pie came out perfect. The second came out a little too hard as we had less aquafaba and forgot to adjust the rest of the recipe accordingly... )) But we had a big disappointment yesterday when we tried again... we thought we did everything right (like usual...) but it didn't come out properly... it completely deflated after adding the syrup... it kindled in us a friendly to understand what we did wrong, especially after we made the adjustment we thought we had wrong and still it deflated... we had used homemade aquafaba and we thought it might be too thin, so we used canned one which tend to be thicker, but still it didn't work out... but actually we realized it was not quite thick aquafaba so we tried again today with a even thicker aquafaba and although it didn't fully deflate, just a bit, my friend refused to continue beating it in fear it will fully deflate... )) so we tried with sugar powder thinking maybe the water in the syrup is making it deflate, but still it deflated... so we're quite bewildered and don't understand what went wrong... if you have any tip, please let us know... thanks a lot...
    1. katrinastuart said on March 1, 2017 Reply
      Ok, well a few things to consider- -What vanilla extract did you use? The same as the first time, or a different type? Any addititve containing oil will cause problems. -Was your equiptment clean and free from oil? -I always use canned Aquafaba so can't comment on the performance of homemade Aquafaba. If I have a brand that doesn't work well, I avoid that brand. -What altitude are you at? Some people have reported, who live in high or humid places that their Aquafaba fails sometimes. I don't have any problems with the in North Wales! :) -Importantly, is your THERMOMETRE accurate and performing properly, and your syrup definately hit 250f? If it is not reaching the proper temperature, then the water content will be too high and the aquafaba will not be able to hold it. -Did you start the fluff beating and keep it beating long before making the syrup? As i mention, i do this because unbelievably it inflates even further, the longer it is whipped. I have had this happen twice when making marshmallow, embarrassingly in front of guests, and just couldn;t work out what was going on. I repeated the batch and it flopped again! I finally narrowed it down to using a different colourant (yellow) as i ran out of the original colour i had been using which was an artificial yellow that worked fine. The next two times, i tried natural yellow, two different brands and it collapsed ,but have since worked out that it is because they contain Curcumin and it collapses Aquafaba. So basically, either you are making a volume error when trying to scale the recipe, which results in a flop, or it is a technique problem (ie not whipping the AF enough), a technical problem (such as faulty thermometre), an additive (such as an oil containing vanilla flavouring or not clean appliances) or something like humidity etc. I will do a you tube video on this recipe soon, and also transpose the whole recipe to grams, as that is much more accurate than cups and spoons etc!
      1. Mallika said on March 1, 2017 Reply
        Wow, so many details to keep in mind... we did think that the essence we used might have been the culprit... but the first time we used an oil based vanilla essence and it came out fine... actually I had a question on this point, because I saw few recipes of af cream adding butter in it at some point for butter cream or whatever it is... so is it a hard rule that you can't add any fat into it? Back to this recipe, yes we've realized that we used a different brand this time, and we though that was the problem, but like I said we used the previous one again and it almost deflated, not fully though. And I have to admit that actually we are quite stubborn "innovators" because we tweaked the recipe a tiny bit, not much thought, just we omitted the xanthan gum just because we didn't have it... i live in Moscow and i just didnt have the willpower to try to find this ingredient. But I knew it is also a thickener or whatever, so I added a couple grams agar instead... like i said , everything worked well the first time. My friend lost faith in the syrup, she thinks it is the culprit and that it was only a miracle that it worked the previous time. I think we might have beaten it too little, although she thinks she over beat it... )) Actually I have to admit another tweak, it's that I didn't have a thermometer until today, I finally bought one, so we tested the syrup according to what we had read, how the agar is acting when it's done, and then we pour the syrup into the af... tomorrow we'll try using the thermometer... )) About giving the recipe in grams, that could help, but also some weight machines don't feel so small amounts, at least I felt ours couldn't really make a difference between 6g agar and 10g... annoying... anyways, I'm sorry to give you such a headache, I'm sure it's annoying to read comments like mine saying something went wrong and then admitting we tweaked so much... )) well yeah, no wonder it didn't work... )) anyway, I'm sure tips are really appreciated by all and I would suggest anyone out there who's befriended AF to make a detailed post explaining all the ways we can work with it and the differences between using sugar or syrup, what is expected from each result, how it behaves, how it can be tweaked to get desired results, etc... and yes a video would be awesome! Thanks a lot and all the best for your cooking adventure. Please share any other idea or tip... I will let you know if things work out here.. ))
  11. Jean said on March 17, 2017 Reply
    I did make your pie and in the end it was quite tasty but I changed the amount of cornstarch. I just couldn't make myself add over 3/4 cup (100 grams) so I used 3 Tablespoons and still had to thin it down with some leftover lemon juice and water. The meringue set up enough to make soft peaks with the sugar syrup but I think I get fluffier meringue just using sugar. So is the 100 grams of cornstarch in the recipe correct? Thanks for your inspiration. No one can believe the meringue is made out of bean juice.
    1. katrinastuart said on March 17, 2017 Reply
      Yes, 100 grams is correct. You are adding it to 1.375 litres of liquid! It will be runny when cooked, and will set in the pastry case overnight. The texture when set, holds its shape but is not rubbery. The Meringue mimics a cooked egg meringue in texture much more closely than if you just use ordinary meringue on top, as that doesn't set and stays soft. If you want bigger peaks, put the bulk of the meringue on, and then put the rest onto a piping bag, twist it and wait for it to cool down more, then it will hold its peaks!
    2. katrinastuart said on March 17, 2017 Reply
      By the way, the meringue if made and measured correctly, will be as light as a feather on your spoon when set. If the agar has been measured without a gram scale, and there is too much added,it will be denser and you will be heading more towards a texture of marshmallow, which is not what you want, so if you don't have a gram scale, get one from ebay or amazon! You can pick yourself up one for about $7 and you will absolutely need it to make the Mousse recipes and Eggless Omelettes etc when they come out as the weight needs to be precision!
  12. Jean said on March 19, 2017 Reply
    Thanks you so much for your detailed reply. I am getting confused between milliliters, cups and liters. I finally figured out what I did and just had a mental block. I made 1/3 of the recipe and then thought 1/4 cup cornstarch was too much but I think I just like the lemon filling to be a little softer. I will definitely retry your meringue. I do have a scale with grams but it didn't seem to register when I started adding the agar to the sugar in the bowl (after resetting the scale to 0) so I changed my method and used teaspoons trying to estimate what I had already added to the sugar in the bowl and undoubtedly added too much. My daughter who has gone vegan on me loved the mini pie I made for her :). Thanks again. I'm thinking of combing the Meringue with the lemon filling to make a Mousse, Do you think that would work?
  13. Tina said on April 5, 2017 Reply
    How long should the pastry cook in the oven?
    1. katrinastuart said on April 5, 2017 Reply
      I always goes by sight as it depends on the type of oven etc. The sides will brown somewhat, at which point I take it out and protect the top side edges with foil so they don't darken too much and then pop it back in. If you are not sure if its done, then lift the shell slightly out of its flan tin (it should slide out easily when cooked) and look to see if the shell has a nice colour too it like in the pics- if so, then it is done! I used baking beads in mine that help keep it flat and transfer heat to the inside shell too.
  14. Karin said on April 15, 2017 Reply
    Hi. I am making this meringue and using cups/ tbsp./ tsp for all your measures would be very helpful. I am writing from Canada and measuring ingredients in grams is unusual here. I have made pie crust, filling before but am looking for meringue that doesn't collapse. Your recipe looks very promising, thank you. Icing sugar is the same as castor sugar?
    1. katrinastuart said on April 15, 2017 Reply
      Hi Karin! There is a specific reason I measure in Grams only- becuase it is MUCH more accurate! I grew up using both cups and spoons in australia AND grams because we are both influenced by the USA and the UK in our culture, so you will notice some of my earlier recipes have either or both measurements. However, I want everyone to be able to replicate things exactly as intended and you just cannot do that with cups and spoons! Everyones cup of flour is going to weigh differently which will affect the finished result, and you cannot possibly measure things like Hydrocolloids accurately with a spoon! If you put too much, or too little Agar in the meringue for example, it will either fail, or be like marshmallow instead of a delicate egg like meringue! I made the mistake doing the Mousse E-book of writing it all up in cups and spoons, and failed reproducing some of them- they just were NOT right, even though i had written the recipes, which is when i realised if I wanted everyone to have success, i would have to go back painstakingly again with a scale and try to accurately record the exact weight in grams of everything. There is a massive difference in texture when the measurement is out. Also, I went and got all of my different cup measurement, filled and weighed them and they were all different by quite an amount (even in ml) even though they were all bought in this country! &&*&^$^££$@!!!! i am striving for perfection here- to produce foods that are fabulous, and delicate in texture- just right in taste, and it means precise measurement! However, everyone around the world can cheaply access a digital scale, whereas cups and spoon measurements are different depending in which country you are in, it is a nightmare! So grams it is from now on! Please trust me on this :) and give it a go! it also means alot less washing up! You can weigh into one bowl and reset the scale n between instead of dirtying many implements! Bonus! I use two scales, one cost £8 for a Salter brand scale and measures from a few grams up to 5 kg, and the other is a little scales, that measures fractions of a gram upwards...I bought mine off ebay/amazon and it cost £3 ish with free postage! (google gram scale) Oooh, the other benefit is it is super easy to scale a recipe up or down when its in grams also! Icing sugar in the UK, is what you call confectioners sugar- you use it to make frosting (or icing as we call it!) Caster Sugar is called Super fine granulated or something like that in the USA and is used to make cakes etc, as it is better than the ordinary granulated.
  15. Caitlin said on June 5, 2017 Reply
    When I was little, my mother and I used to go to a bakery as a special treat, and I usually chose a slice of the lemon meringue pie. I made this recipe last night, and it tastes exactly how I remember that pie tasting. Since going vegan, I thought I'd never get to taste it again, so thank you!
    1. katrinastuart said on June 7, 2017 Reply
      Thanks for your wonderful feedback! :) Lovely to hear! This taste just like the one my Papa used to make too....Tart curd and nice sweet meringue! I fooled the chicken farmer with it next door when i was testing stabilising the meringue, so I knew it was a winner with it at that stage! :)
  16. Poppy said on June 7, 2017 Reply
    Hello, I do have a question to make, Do I mix the piping hot sugar sirup with the foam aquafaba? Isn't the aquafaba going to flatten back? Thank you!
    1. katrinastuart said on June 7, 2017 Reply
      Hi Poppy! Yes, you do. You need to have the mixer running on the Aquafaba, whipping it long before you start anything else, as it inlates in volumes so much more over time with whipping, then when the sugar syrup is to temp, pour it in in a THIN stream while the mixer is running.Essentially, the sugar syrup will set as hard toffee if let to cool in the saucepan, so as it is added in a thin stream and incorporated into the Aquafaba, it firms up the Aquafaba along with the setting gel action of the Agar Agar in the syrup as it cools down also. Then once its all add, I leave the mixer to continue running while it whips as the mixture cools down and stabilises further and take it off when warm, not hot still. If you want to pipe it, them add it to a very large, 50cm piping back and twist the top sealed and set in a alrge vase a a stand while not using. It will cool slower in a piping back, but you can get the temp down closer to setting so it is pipeable and holds shape this way. If you don't want to pipe, then add a layer of the meringue to the pie (and the rest to a piping bag to stop it setting too quick ) and leave for a moment while it sets on the pie as a good fat meringue base, and then once set, add the rest, pouring it on and then peaking it up with a spoon or the like. If you try to add it all at once, because of the sheer volume and weight of the meringue, it will spread and start trying to slop off the side of the pie before it can set and hold it's shape, so to build a nice high layer, best to do in the way I described above!
      1. Poppy said on June 12, 2017 Reply
        Thank you so much! Im making this for my wedding. Thanks for your help xx

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