Easy Vegan Berry Ice Cream made with Aquafaba

Veganism is something I’ve had an interest in for a while, but just isn’t practical alongside an allergy to nuts and coconut. The best I’ve managed is four days before I had to give up. Although I can’t commit to it as a lifestyle, I still have an interest in vegan baking, and substitutions in general. Who doesn’t like making tasty treats as many people as possible can enjoy?

One ingredient that has been particularly intriguing me is aquafaba. Aquafaba is the liquid from a can of chickpeas or beans, and has properties similar to egg whites, which make it great for vegan and egg-free recipes. It whisks to stiff peaks and also has bonding qualities, thanks to the combination of carbohydrates and proteins it contains. A common use is meringues, which I’ve attempted and failed beofre, but I wanted to get back of the aquafaba train. I’ve joined an aquafaba recipe Facebook group and been getting daily recipe inspiration. I decided that this  ice cream recipe would be a good place to restart my aquafaba journey.
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Strawberry, Orange Liqueur and Black Pepper Layer Cake

Strawberry, Orange Liqueur and Black Pepper Layer Cake

In my mind, summer is the best time of year hands down. Swims in sun-dappled lidos, lazy walks in the park, idyllic picnics in leafy parks and drinking outside late into the night. Sometimes the reality lives up to the dream. But of course, the inevitable British weather puts a bit of a dampener on things, no pun intended.Strawberry, Orange Liqueur and Black Pepper Layer Cake


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Mojito Layer Cake top view

Mojito Layer Cake

I very rarely bake any thing that is both totally delicious and totally gorgeous.  And that’s not false modesty. Occasionally I make some particularly pretty biscuits which taste … fine. More often I make a great tasting loaf or cake or pudding which gets no more dressing up than a dollop of yogurt when I eat a slice.

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Great British Bake Off Spanische Windtorte

Great British Bake Off: Week 4

Right, take a deep breath, it’s time for Spanische Windtorte. I think I’m right in saying that no one has ever made this pudding. Or seen one. Or made one.

The joy of the enforced bake is that I have to make it, even if I look at it and want to cry because it’s super complicated. So I took a deep breath and quite a few hours and jumped into a world full of meringue.

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Flourless Chocolate Orange Cake

Christmas is one of those times of year where amazing food is always around. Its also the time of year when I want to get my friends together, eat huge amounts of food with them and then play board games.

I wanted to share this recipe because it is really dense. Really chocolately. Really rich.  In my mind, this cake is the perfect end to a christmassy meal. Just make sure you have some yogurt or Crème fraîche on hand to make it a proper pudding.

Gluten free chocolate orange cake

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Lemon & Ginger Cheesecake

I have recently come to the realisation that I am sometimes a rubbish adult.  This blog, for example, which I started full of grand ideas of starting posting once a week and moving up to twice, or three times, has become a desert with tumbleweeds blowing across it. Also, I regularly forget to take off my makeup.

So I’m making a late November resolution to be better and more like an adult.

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