Did you know that there is a name for the liquid or bean brine you usually discard from a can of beans? It’s called aquafaba and it’s becoming a favorite egg substitute for people following a vegan diet. In 2015 Goose Wohlt, a software engineer and vegan from Indiana came up with a way to make meringue using this liquid. Other individuals had experimented making a substitute, but Goose perfected the process. My first time using the aquafaba I tried making meringue…with not much success. I’m still working on that recipe! However, I did find that you could substitute the aquafaba for eggs in baking! I made some cinnamon rolls, and they turned out to be extremely tasty.
3/4-cup warm water
1 Tbsp. granulated sugar
1 Tbsp. pure maple syrup
1 envelope active dry yeast
2 Tbsp. applesauce
2 1/2 cups all purpose unbleached flour
2+ Tbsp. flour for the board
1/3 tsp. salt
2 Tbsp. almond milk
1/3 cup granulated sugar
2 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. salt
1 1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
2 (or more) Tbsp. vanilla almond milk
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Line a 9-inch cake pan with parchment paper
- Mix the warm-hot water, aquafaba, sugar, maple syrup and active dry yeast just until the sugar is mixed in. Let sit for a minute so the yeast has time to activate.
- Mix in the applesauce.
- Add 2 cups of flour and the salt and knead about 4 to 6 minutes. If you need to add more flour, add it a few tablespoons at a time until you get soft, smooth dough.
- Place the 2 tablespoons of flour on the surface where you will roll out the dough. Roll the dough into a 10 by 14-inch rectangle. Be sure you use enough flour so that the dough doesn’t stick.
- Brush the almond milk on the rolled out dough. Mix sugar, cinnamon, and salt in a small bowl. Distribute the mixture evenly over the almond milk being sure to go to the edge of the dough.
- Roll the dough tightly along the longer side and crimp the edge.
- Using a knife or unflavored dental floss slice the roll into about 2-inch pieces. Place the slices in the cake pan and cover lightly with a moist towel. Let it sit in a warm place for 15 to 20 minutes, or until just about doubled in size.
- Remove the towel and bake at 350 degrees for 22 minutes or until golden.
- Let the rolls cool slightly before icing.
Note: 3 tablespoons of aquafaba = 1 whole egg