For me, January is not a month of giving things up. Resolutions have never really appealed, and denying myself is not my style. However, the though of trying Veganuary, where you eat vegan for January, has been ticking over in my mind for a while. I’m keen to try and reduce my environmental impact, and alongside other ethical shopping habits, veganism seems like a good way to do that, .
My boyfriend has been a ‘house vegan’ for a few months (he’s vegan in our house and vegetarian out and about) and I’ve been pescatarian for about a year, so I’ve already been gradually reducing my animal product consumption. I’ve struggled with veganism before because so many vegan food alternatives are made from the things I’m allergic too – cashews and coconut feature very heavily, especially in baking! Even so, I wanted to give veganism a fair go, and Veganuary seems a good catalyst.
During Veganuary I’ll be sharing delicious bakes that everyone can enjoy, vegan or not. Hence these cute little Vegan Iced Gem Biscuits made with Aquafaba. I’ve been using aquafaba (the juice from cans of beans and chickpeas) for a while now, and its become my go to ingredient for royal icing whatever I’m baking. Its basically free, as most people chuck it down the drain! Whenever I eat chickpeas, and that’s a good few times a week, I drain the juice straight into old hummus tubs and stick it straight in the freezer. When I need it I set the tub in hot water to defrost. Easy as you like.
Anyway, back to royal icing. I always make too much, and got thinking about other way I could use it up. Iced gems came to mind, and I figured I could make teeny little vegan biscuits to mount them on fairly easy. The biscuits themselves are a little sticky, as vegan marge is much softer than butter, so make sure you chill the dough right down before you start cutting out rounds. I also did not have a small enough cutter, so used the wide end of a piping bag tip.
You could make them any colour palette you fancy, and they’re be very cute snacks to take to work in a little paper bag. Give then a go, and please let me know your favourite vegan bakes and bloggers.
Recipe: Vegan Iced Gem Biscuits made with Aquafaba
Ingredients: Biscuits (from Good to Know)
70g vegan butter substitute (I used Vitalite)
30g caster sugar
100g plain flour
Ingredients: aquafaba royal icing (recipe from Black Food Bloggers Club)
40g aquafaba (the drained liquid from a can of chickpeas or beans)
285g icing sugar
1/2 tsp flavouring – I went for lemon
Food colour pastes in a range of colours
- First, make the biscuits. Cream together the butter and sugar.
- Mix in the flour until combined.
- Roll between greaseprof paper and freeze for 30mins.
- Preheat the oven to 180C.
- Using your smallest cutter, or the wide end of a piping tip, cut out as many circles as you can. Bake for 6-8 mins until just browning on the edges.
- While they cool make the icing. Beat the aquafaba for 30 seconds until frothy. Mix in the icing sugar and flavouring. If it’s too wet to pipe, add more icing sugar. Split into as many bowls as you want colours, and add food colouring to your liking.
- Pipe icing onto biscuits and leave to set for a few hours.