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lou boutin

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Vegan Quiche
« on: April 06, 2021, 12:57:44 pm »
I am vegetarian but 99% of what I eat is plant-based (milk, butter, cheese etc), the only thing that I occasionally eat that is not vegan is eggs, and mainly in the form of quiche.  I love quiche and don't think I could live without it.  I have seen some recipes for quiche using tofu instead of eggs.  Does anyone only have any tips or an easy recipe for making a good vegan cheese and onion or vegan cheese and vegetable quiche?

Thanks in advance.

citoyen

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Re: Vegan Quiche
« Reply #1 on: April 06, 2021, 01:13:42 pm »
Have you tried flax egg? You make it by whizzing up ground flax seeds and water. I can't vouch for how good it tastes - it sounds awful to me, but vegans of my acquaintance seem to find it acceptable.
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Re: Vegan Quiche
« Reply #2 on: April 06, 2021, 01:42:23 pm »
I thought that only 'worked' as simulated egg in baking?

In the vanishingly unlikely event I were ever to become vegan I think I'd probably do an open savoury tart with a bechamel-a-like and veg?
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lou boutin

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Re: Vegan Quiche
« Reply #3 on: April 06, 2021, 01:54:39 pm »
Have you tried flax egg? You make it by whizzing up ground flax seeds and water. I can't vouch for how good it tastes - it sounds awful to me, but vegans of my acquaintance seem to find it acceptable.

I have used that in cakes and in french toast, but never in quiche. It's not that stable, but it might be worth a try.  Thanks

lou boutin

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Re: Vegan Quiche
« Reply #4 on: April 06, 2021, 01:55:25 pm »
I thought that only 'worked' as simulated egg in baking?

In the vanishingly unlikely event I were ever to become vegan I think I'd probably do an open savoury tart with a bechamel-a-like and veg?

That's a good alternative, I can make a vegan cheese sauce. Thanks for the idea.

RichForrest

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Re: Vegan Quiche
« Reply #5 on: April 06, 2021, 02:12:04 pm »
I have seen chickpea water used for meringue and a quick google shows it up used as an egg substitute in various dishes.

ian

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Re: Vegan Quiche
« Reply #6 on: April 06, 2021, 02:18:26 pm »
I don't think vegan food really benefits from trying to replicate egg and dairy (and that's pretty much the definition of a quiche). Whatever comes out is usually a poor substitute. I'd do some kind of tart with a vegan sauce – for instance, toast some cashews, blend with a good handful of coriander and some olive oil to get the right consistency.
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citoyen

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Re: Vegan Quiche
« Reply #7 on: April 06, 2021, 02:30:48 pm »
I thought that only 'worked' as simulated egg in baking?

I honestly don't know. I did a quick google and it seems some people do use it in vegan quiche, but obviously I can't vouch for how well it works.

I think your béchamel idea sounds good. Probably better to aim for end effect rather than try to emulate egg and cheese.
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fuaran

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Re: Vegan Quiche
« Reply #8 on: April 06, 2021, 02:46:51 pm »
Tofu works fine. Probably best with the softer stuff, eg silken tofu. Blend it up with a bit of onion and soy sauce etc.
Maybe a bit of nutritional yeast or mustard if you want a kind of cheesy flavour.

ian

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Re: Vegan Quiche
« Reply #9 on: April 06, 2021, 03:24:56 pm »
I thought that only 'worked' as simulated egg in baking?

I honestly don't know. I did a quick google and it seems some people do use it in vegan quiche, but obviously I can't vouch for how well it works.

I think your béchamel idea sounds good. Probably better to aim for end effect rather than try to emulate egg and cheese.

The water from chickpeas is basically a colloidal suspension of proteins that holds air like egg white, so can be used in meringues and cooking processes that require aerated structures and thickening. It won't substitute for yolky egg.
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lou boutin

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Re: Vegan Quiche
« Reply #10 on: April 06, 2021, 03:54:24 pm »
Thank you for the comments so far.

I have used chickpea water in meringue and some cakes; the cakes worked well but I didn't have a good outcome with the meringue.

I have seen recipes for using tofu, but I have always been nervous to cook with tofu - but will give it a go.

I will have a look at the cashew nut sauce alternative, that sounds like an interesting option.

ian

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Re: Vegan Quiche
« Reply #11 on: April 06, 2021, 04:56:30 pm »
You can pimp up the cashew sauce/pesto with garlic, lime juice, and chilli. It's very good with spiced and roasted cauliflower, for instance, or a pasta sauce, or even in a lasagne. It's very versatile, and you can use other nuts, like hazelnut, and spices/herbs as appropriate. I'm not a vegan, but it's my go-to for a quick sauce, spans the gamut from a quick pesto to an unashamedly inauthentic satay.

I've never made tofu taste of anything. It's just bulk.
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lou boutin

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Re: Vegan Quiche
« Reply #12 on: April 07, 2021, 01:51:55 pm »
Thanks Ian, I like the sound of the sauce with roasted cauliflower.  I love cauliflower.

citoyen

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Re: Vegan Quiche
« Reply #13 on: April 07, 2021, 02:11:26 pm »
Veering away from quiche now... I have successfully copied a recipe from Marcus Wareing on Masterchef for roasted cauliflower steak with cashew nut butter. It's really good! Mind you, he uses *lots* of butter (for basting the cauliflower), so it's not strictly vegan-friendly. You could use an alternative fat but nothing is quite as good as butter IMO. Maybe coconut oil would be a decent alternative - I use coconut oil in baking if I want it to be vegan-friendly.

Brief clip here: https://twitter.com/MasterChefUK/status/1059915595796434950?s=20

Cauliflower is great. Much underrated.
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ian

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Re: Vegan Quiche
« Reply #14 on: April 07, 2021, 03:56:16 pm »
Cauliflower, slathered with a mix of butter and shawarma paste, and roasted whole in a hot oven to crisp up the outside but leave the innards with a bit of bite. Break it up and serve with yoghurt in flatbread.
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Re: Vegan Quiche
« Reply #15 on: April 08, 2021, 04:33:01 pm »
Veering away from quiche now... I have successfully copied a recipe from Marcus Wareing on Masterchef for roasted cauliflower steak with cashew nut butter. It's really good! Mind you, he uses *lots* of butter (for basting the cauliflower), so it's not strictly vegan-friendly. You could use an alternative fat but nothing is quite as good as butter IMO. Maybe coconut oil would be a decent alternative - I use coconut oil in baking if I want it to be vegan-friendly.

Brief clip here: https://twitter.com/MasterChefUK/status/1059915595796434950?s=20

Cauliflower is great. Much underrated.
SO, who is a strict vegan, recommends Vegan Block as a butter alternative.
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citoyen

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Re: Vegan Quiche
« Reply #16 on: April 08, 2021, 04:36:46 pm »
SO, who is a strict vegan, recommends Vegan Block as a butter alternative.

Interesting. Just looked it up - it's a blend of shea, coconut and rapeseed oils, plus a few other bits and pieces - eg carrot juice, which is presumably to give it a bit of buttery colour.

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