Finding egg substitutes or any food substitutions for that matter, can be a task in itself! As the name suggests, these are replacing something that has its own flavor which cannot be compared with any substitute as such. However, in times when we don't have any other choice, we need to use substitutes in our day-to-day life and find the appropriate one which would do the needful, if not at least be somewhere near to the original ingredient in terms of flavor and function.
Those of you, who follow veganism, get into a fix whenever any food recipe calls for the use of eggs. Then what? What you could use are the vegan egg substitutes and this is what we are going to talk about in the paragraphs coming up. So let us see what all egg substitutes could there be.
If you check, there are number of recipes which actually require the use of eggs in it, mainly because it acts as a thickening or binding agent as well as helps the food item to be fluffy and light. All the cake and cookie recipes are incomplete without the use of eggs, and thus finding the right substitute for eggs can be a huge task. However, there is no need to worry much since there are ways by which you could go about it.
We are in search of a substitute which would do the needful and not spoil the recipe, ain't we? The best substitute in baking is tofu, the plain one. Here, you need to keep in mind that the tofu should be in a paste like consistency so that it doesn't form clumps.
Apart from tofu, a commercial egg substitute which has been popular is Ener-G egg replacer powder, which can be used as a substitute for cookies and otherwise for food recipes as well when combined with warm water. Actually, choosing the substitute basically depends on what kind of food recipe you are making. Along with tofu, there are several other food combinations which can act as egg substitutes in cooking. See the egg substitute equivalents given in the table below.
|1 teaspoon yeast + ¼ cup warm water||3 tablespoons vegetable oil + 1 tablespoon water||3 tablespoons vegan mayo||3 tablespoons mashed beans or potatoes||2 tablespoons cornstarch or potato starch + 1 tablespoon water||3 tablespoons pureed tofu + 2 teaspoon cornstarch|
|2 tablespoons cornstarch or potato starch + 1 tablespoon water||1½ tablespoons lecithin granules + 1½ tablespoons water + 1 teaspoon baking powder||3 tablespoons nut butter||1 tablespoon ground flaxseed + 3 tablespoons hot water||1 teaspoon psyllium seed husk + ¼ cup warm water||¼ cup applesauce|
|¼ cup pumpkin or prune or apricot or squash puree||¼ cup mashed bananas||1 teaspoon soy flour + 1 tablespoon water||1½ baking powder + 1½ tablespoons warm water + 1½ tablespoons oil or apple cider vinegar||2 tablespoons baking soda + 2 tablespoons warm water + ½ teaspoon oil||1 teaspoon baking powder + 1 teaspoon vinegar|
For preparing these egg substitutes, you need to use the ingredients in right amounts only. Making use of baking powder or baking soda is the perfect egg substitute in cakes making them fluffy and light. I hope now you won't face any problems regarding the vegan egg substitutes in your recipes. All the best!