I've read lots of recipes on line for ways to use Aquafaba, or bean water.
It's simply the water from a can of beans, usually the recipes state they have used chickpea water. It can be used to replace eggs in lots of recipes and there are myriads of photos of perfect looking meringues made with it on the internet. So last time I was making a Quinoa, Chickpea and Potato Curry I drained the chickpeas over a bowl instead of the sink.
As suggested in the meringue recipe I started whisking the liquid up with my hand whisk, it was splashing everywhere, so I pulled off a large sheet of clingfilm and covered most of the dish with it, keeping it taut and away from the spinning whisks ... I bet you've guessed what happened next, my attention was diverted by something the dogs were up to and I took my eyes off what I was doing for a split second, long enough for the whisks to catch the clingfilm and tangle it up around themselves and in the process splatter half whisked bean and sugar water all over the kitchen.
You don't realise how many things you have on the worktops until you have to wipe everything down with a wet cloth. But Suky loved licking the mixture off the front of the cupboards while I was wiping all the other surfaces first.
I tipped the remaining mixture into my freestanding Kenwood mixer and left it whisking away while I completed the kitchen clean up and then I went in the cupboard to get the Cream of Tartar needed for the recipe ... no Cream of Tartar anywhere ... bum!!
So I thought what's the next best thing ..... so I added instead the same amount of Baking Powder and continued whisking away. The mixture instantly transformed and suddenly looked very meringue like and I happily dolloped it in eight large mounds on a lined baking tray and popped it into the bottom oven of the Aga.
I finished cleaning the kitchen and retired to the living room with a coffee, with the house gradually starting to smell very meringue-y and nice. When the timer went off an hour later I couldn't wait to get to the oven and take out my nice crispy chewy and almost free meringues.
When I opened the door I was greeted with a sticky puddle of aquafaba filling the whole of the baking tray ... my meringues has dissolved in the heat instead of setting .... massive fail.
I'll try again using Cream of Tartar next time ... because guess what I've just found in the basket I keep my spices in!!
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