Quick Tip: Ermine Frosting (Vegan and non-vegan)

I stumbled across ermine frosting recently and realized it’s pretty much perfect for me. As much as a love a good Swiss meringue buttercream, it’s not as easy to adapt for vegan recipes. But American buttercream is, to me, way too sweet. Enter ermine frosting — it’s light like whipped cream, not too sweet, and actually pretty easy to put together. Doing some brief research … Continue reading Quick Tip: Ermine Frosting (Vegan and non-vegan)

Swiss Meringue Buttercream

Swiss Meringue Buttercream is a standard in pastry shops and it’s also pretty much just tasty as hell. It’s far less sweet than American buttercream which makes it perfect for those of us who don’t like overly sugary desserts. It’s also super flexible — you can easily add different flavors to it, making it versatile for a variety of cakes, cupcakes, and other treats with piped … Continue reading Swiss Meringue Buttercream

Vegan Meringue Cookies

I’ve been interested in trying out vegan meringue for awhile. Eggs are a staple in baking (and of course meringue!) so finding ways to replace them without sacrificing taste or texture seems like a fun experiment.

Vegan meringue is also a great jumping off point for other desserts — if you can replace egg whites in meringue of all things, it should be possible in other recipes. The most obvious examples are things like macarons, lemon meringue pie (god yes), angel food cake, etc. And meringue cookies on their own are pretty damn good.

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Guide to Macarons

For Christmas this past year, I made (and ate) an irresponsible amount of macarons. I might have gone a little overboard in trying out different flavor combinations and trying to get consistently perfect batches. But really, don’t you need vanilla, chocolate, coffee, and earl grey macarons for Christmas?

Okay, maybe not. But despite how finicky and frustrating they can be, I had a blast learning to make them over the holidays. It can be a versatile little cookie since it allows you to play around with colors and flavor combinations, and I learned a lot from my experiments. Even if your macarons are cracked, or hollow, or don’t get the cute little feet, they will still probably taste delicious, so it’s worth a try! So, without further ado, here’s my guide to macarons.

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