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Using Agar as an Egg Substitute

TFK_TrueKids_NoEggs_605x346Agar is a great egg replacement, especially when egg whites are required!

Eggs are an key ingredient of most baking recipes & desserts.  For those that are allergic to egg, or vegan we recommend experimenting with Agar as an egg substitute.

Replacing Eggs With Agar

There are two things to consider when replacing eggs:

  1. yolk – gives “lift” to a recipe 
  2. white – binds the ingredients in a recipe

The egg replacement we make with Agar is best to substitute egg whites, so will help bind the ingredients but won’t help give a good rise. Add an extra 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder per recipe to help prevent it from being too dense. Some recipes also use mashed bananas to replace the yolk.

This preparation is suitable to replace egg whites in baking recipes or custards-like chocolate mousse.

Ingredients:
for each egg white, dissolve  tsp Agar powder in 1 tbsp water.
To dissolve, first sprinkle the powder over the liquid, rest for 5 minutes and warm to 90 C over medium heat.

Method:
Using a whisk, whip the Agar mixture well to help dissolve, then refrigerate for 15 minutes and whip again. Add the Agar to the baking mixture as the last ingredient and mix to just combine, do not overwork the mixture.

Using Agar in recipes is a healthy alternative as it is fat free, low in calories,high in mineral & fibres and mildly laxative (it helps regulate & cleanse the bowel).

Other Uses for Agar:

  • Agar is a vegan alternative to gelatine and can be used in much the same way
  • Use Agar to give texture & set raw food recipes
  • Use Agar to harmonize texture, when a mixture contains ingredients with different weights (see our dressing recipe)
  • Use Agar to stablise ingredients like sugar, and prevent its crystallisation or for ice cream, to prevent frosting.  
  • Use Agar to keep sorbet softer when frozen.  Dissolve 1/3 teaspoon of Agar in 2 tablespoons of water and bring to temperature. Then mix the Agar liquid back into 1 litre of sorbet mixture before churning.
  • Use Agar to clarify juices, vinegar and alcoholic beverages.  
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