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Sunny Side Vegan Pavlovas

It’s easter, so what’s more appropriate this time of the year than eggs? 

Well, if you have an egg allergy, or you’re vegan, they are actually really inappropriate (other than, perhaps, the chocolate variety). 

I wanted to do a vegan play on a sunny-side up egg. This is not meant to be a replacement, as it’s sweet, not savoury, but it would make a great dessert. 

Sunny side vegan pavlovas

The concept is this: the pavlova forms the “white” part of the eggs, and the lemon curd is the “yolks.” The whole thing is made from two simple recipes, featuring our old friend, aquafaba. 

The recipe itself is quite simple, but it does take time, because meringue needs a long, slow drying out process to make it perfect. So be sure to start these bad boys well in advance of when you need them. 

The finished effect, though; pretty cool, right? 

Vegan Pavlova with lemon curd

 

Sunny Side Vegan Pavlovas

Ingredients for the Pavlova: 

  • 2/3 cup aquafaba
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cream of tartar
  • 2 tsp vanilla

Ingredients for the lemon curd: 

  • 2/3 cup non-dairy milk
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 2 tbsp corn starch
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup lemon juice (about 2-3 lemons)
  • zest of one lemon
  • 1/2 cup vegan butter
  • pinch of salt

Method: 

  1. First, make the pavlovas. In mixer bowl, combine aquafaba, sugar and cream of tartar. Turn mixer on lowest speed for 2 minutes, then on medium for 2 minutes, and finally on high until the meringue reaches stiff peaks (may take up to 10 minutes total). 
  2. Dollop 1/2 cup measurements of the meringue onto a parchment- or silpat-lined baking sheet. Swirl them and make a little well or indentation in the middle of the pavlova. 
  3. Bake in a pre-heated 200 degree oven for 90 minutes, switching positions and sides halfway through. Then turn off the heat and leave the pavlovas in the oven (with the light on) to set overnight. 
  4. For the curd: in a mason jar, combine water, non dairy milk and cornstarch. Screw on the lid and shake well to mix. Pour into a small, heavy-bottomed saucepan, and then cook over medium heat, stirring continuously with a whisk until it starts to bubble.
  5. Add the rest of the ingredients, and continue to stir until it thickens and bubbles.You’ll know it’s done when it coats the back of a spoon, and you can run your finger through it without it running back together.
  6. To assemble: place a pavlova on the plate, then dollop a little of the lemon curd (as much as it will hold) in the centre of the pavlova. Serve. 

Easter Egg Cookies

Happy Spring!

It’s officially here, and with it comes blossoms, chicks and eggs, all the traditional signs of new growth and a fresh start.

I’m just grateful I don’t have to walk to my Monday morning classes in the dark anymore.

easter egg cookies

I celebrated the coming of spring by getting a pedicure and making these Easter Egg Cookies. This isn’t the first time I’ve made them–I tried this idea for the first time last year, and it got quite the response on Instagram, but I never actually wrote it up in a blog post.

The idea of this cookie is that you basically take your favourite cookie dough and you wrap it around an easter egg and then you bake it. So when the person eating the cookie breaks it open, they get this ooey, gooey surprise inside. It’s like the literal version of a video game easter egg. It’s about 400 kinds of awesome.

cadbury's easter eggs

You can really do any combination of cookies and eggs here, so feel free to experiment:

I mean, come on!

It’s the best of the best.

Easter Egg Cookies:

  1. Make your favorite cookie dough. I used this chocolate chip cookie recipe. Make sure your dough is soft and pliable, not just just out of the fridge.
  2. Peel the foil off of your easter eggs. Make sure to buy the small ones!
  3. Take a scoop of cookie dough and place it in your hand. Tamp it down to make a roundish, flat pancake about half an inch thick.
  4. Place the peeled egg on top of the cookie dough, and then form the dough around it until its entirely enveloped in cookie dough.
  5. Place on a cookie sheet and repeat.
  6. Place in the freezer for a few minutes to harden.
  7. Bake for 9-10 minutes in a 350 degree oven until golden brown.
  8. Eat while still warm!