Have you ordered your Vegan Egg yet? When I saw that Follow Your Heart created a vegan egg product, I wasn’t skeptical in the least — I’ve often thought that if anyone could do it, it’s them! I’ve generally liked everything FYH does: Veganaise, salad dressings, cheese. They’re not a blog sponsor or anything, I just love them. Don’t question it. My cat doesn’t sponsor my blog and I still love him.
I’ve never had any other vegan “egg” products (the only one I really know of is the Vegg). I’ve always loved tofu scramble and have never had a tofu scramble I didn’t like (save for the awful tofu scramble I had in Hamilton a couple months ago — why anyone would use silken tofu for a scramble I have no idea. Blech. The memories.) so I didn’t really miss eggs that much. But hey, I’m always up for a good vegan dupe.
The taste is basically bang-on. You can tell they use black salt very liberally in this mixture because it has that distinct sulfur-y smell. Once you pour the water in with the powder you get an instant egg smell throughout your kitchen. Trust me, it’s pleasant.
As for texture, I didn’t quite go crazy with my first vegan egg. It took quite a long time to cook down and solidify, very different from a real egg. I mean, keep in mind, it’s half a cup of water per two teaspoons of powder, so it’s a very different texture than a gel-like egg. If you’re still waiting for your Vegan Egg in the mail, let me give you a tip for your first scramble: make sure your pan is really good and hot before you put it in — I’m not talking hover-your-hand-over-and-wow-that’s-kinda-warm-hot, I mean drop-a-teaspoon-of-water-and-watch-it-go-wooooosh-into-steam-hot so you can get it nice and firm as soon as possible.
Anyway, I have no interest in using the Vegan Egg for things like muffins or burgers because I am perfectly happy using flax eggs and other replacers, but another thought occurred to me on Sunday morning: French toast.
I’ve never identified with a minor movie character so intimately as I have when Leslie Mann’s character in The 40-Year-Old Virgin drunkenly slurs, “Let’s get some fuckin’ French toast.” Guys, I love this stuff. Like, REALLY love it.
My dad was more into pancakes growing up, but my best friend Katelyn’s dad would always make us French toast after sleepovers. Damn. Nothing beats it. And what I’ve always longed for was something that gave the toast that nice singe on it that was so distinctly eggy. I’ve thought of using silken tofu, but, well, here we are.
You have to do this. I’d say do it before you make a scramble/omelette/Western sandwich.
Vegan Egg French toast
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 10-20 minutes (I guess this depends on the size of your pan and how many toasts you can fit in)
Yield: About 4-6 pieces
Dietary specs: Vegan, soy-free, nut-free option, gluten-free option, fructose-friendly
- Two slightly thick Vegan Eggs (4 tsp vegan egg powder with about 3/4 cup cold water)
- 2/3 cup almond milk (or rice/flax/whatever milk for a nut-free option)
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tbsp coconut sugar or brown sugar (optional)
- 4-6 pieces of bread, preferably slightly stale sourdough bread (use GF if necessary, of course)
- 2 tsp vegan butter or coconut oil
- Mix your vegan egg. Make sure your water is cold! Whisk incredibly thoroughly to get out all clumps. Marvel at the eggy smell.
- Add in your milk, vanilla, cinnamon and brown sugar if using (this gives it a more caramelized texture, but I personally prefer a less sweet French toast since I drown mine in maple syrup). Whisk, whisk, whisk.
- Heat your oil/butter in your pan on medium-high (like I mentioned, VE takes longer to solidify than a “real” egg, so make sure your pan is good and hot).
- Soak your bread slices in the mixture for a couple minutes, until good and soggy but not falling apart.
- Fry up in the oil until crispy and golden on each side, about five minutes per side.
- Serve with whatever you like — real Canadian maple syrup (support our economy before we all end up moving into Peter Mansbridge’s garage), coconut whipped cream, berries, bananas, whatever. Maybe even some vegan bacon!
I still have a whole bag of Vegan Egg left and I have no idea what else to make besides just scrambles. I mean, scrambles are awesome, but any other ideas? What have you made so far with your Vegan Egg?