There may be many reasons why you don’t want to use eggs in your recipes. If you have an egg allergy, or if you love eggs but your hens aren’t laying at the moment, here’s a delicious recipe for fruit cake that uses vinegar instead of eggs:
EGGLESS FRUIT CAKE
350g plain flour
180g Demerara sugar
150g unsalted butter
Half teaspoon sea salt
40ml orange juice
40ml white wine vinegar or cider vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1 tablespoon granulated sugar (optional)
1.Grease a 1.3 litre loaf tin and heat oven to 190C or Gas Mark 5.
2.Place flour, sugar and salt in large mixing bowl and rub in butter.
3.Add the dried fruits to the mixture.
4.Pour in the milk and orange juice.
5.Add the vanilla extract and stir lightly with a wooden spoon.
6.Heat the vinegar in a saucepan but do not bring to the boil.
7.Stir in the bicarbonate of soda (which will fizz)
8.Add this liquid to the cake mixture and stir to mix thoroughly.
9.Spoon the mixture into the prepared loaf tin.
10.Sprinkle a little granulated sugar over the top (optional).
11.Bake for 20 minutes then turn temperature down to 170C for a further 60-70 minutes.
12.Test whether cake is cooked through by inserting a knife, which should come out clean.
Leave the cake to stand for at least 15 minutes, then turn it onto a rack. Leave it to cool completely. If it hasn’t all been eaten by bedtime, it will benefit from standing overnight before placing in an airtight tin.
Here’s another recipe, this time for pancakes:
115g wholemeal flour
55g soya flour
375ml soya milk
2 tsp vegetable oil
1.Sieve the flours into a bowl.
2.Gradually whisk in the soya milk to make a smooth sauce.
3.Add the oil.
4.Place in fridge for 30 minutes.
5.Drop 1-3 tbsp of the mixture into a frying pan containing hot oil. When one side is cooked, flip over and cook the other side.
6.Remove from pan and serve with sugar and lemon juice or a filling of your choice.
OTHER TIPS FOR BAKING WITHOUT EGGS
Use gravy, mashed potato, oil or yeast extract mixed with a little hot water to add moisture to burgers. Or add breadcrumbs, flour or oats for a drier texture.
Follow your usual recipe for custard, but use soya milk. Add a little vanilla essence to taste.
Brush with soya milk instead of egg white to glaze pies and pastries.
Use agar agar (a type of seaweed) when making jellies or mousses. Make your own delicious creamy desserts using plain silken tofu, golden or maple syrup and a fruit or chocolate flavouring.