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.
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?
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
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.