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3 Homemade Vegan Whipped Cream Substitutes

Vegan whipped cream substitutes – all made from scratch at home! If you’re vegan or can’t eat dairy – like me – you don’t have to buy vegan whipped cream substitutes: They’re usually full of additives and don’t taste very well.

Vegan Aquafaba Whipped Cream Recipe

A while ago I published 5+ Dairy-Free Whipped Cream Substitutes. But now I found three vegan whipped cream substitutes! Yay! Making vegan whipped cream substitutes from scratch is easy and cheap – and they’re delicious!

These vegan whipped cream substitutes are coconut-free, cashew-free, nut-free, gluten-free, dairy-free and egg-free. Continue reading 3 Homemade Vegan Whipped Cream Substitutes

Victorian Whole Candied Fruit – Recipe

For years I wanted to candy whole fruit and finally I candied whole mandarin oranges, kiwis, pears and cherries! It takes at least 5 days to candy whole fruit but it’s totally worth it!

Victorian Whole Candied Fruit Recipe

In the past, I candied watermelon rind, orange slices, cherries and lemon and orange peel. However, I couldn’t find a modern recipe for whole candied fruit. But I finally found historical recipes for whole candied fruit. Yay!

Whole candied fruit – also called crystallized fruit or glaze fruit – were popular in the Victorian and Edwardian era Continue reading Victorian Whole Candied Fruit – Recipe

Homemade German Nougat From Scratch

German nougat – also called viennese nougat or gianduja – is made with three ingredients: hazelnuts or almonds, chocolate and sugar. While store-bought nougat contains dairy – this homemade German nougat is dairy-free, gluten-free, egg-free and vegan!

Homemade German Nougat From Scratch

German nougat is so delicious – it’s used as baking ingredient, as cake or praline filling, for ice creams and desserts or eaten as it is. I always wanted to make German nougat at home – especially since I can’t eat dairy (and therefore store-bought nougat) anymore. However, all recipes that I tried produced more a chocolate spread – not real German nougat!

But, finally, after years of research and trial and error I found an old recipe for traditional homemade German nougat. Yay! I adapted the recipe slightly because the nougat was made with too much chocolate. I’m so pleased with the recipe: This homemade German nougat is even better than store-bought German nougat! I never thought that it’d be so easy to make German nougat from scratch at home.

You can make German nougat with almonds or hazelnuts. Hazelnut nougat is darker than almond nougat. They taste different too but both are delicious! Continue reading Homemade German Nougat From Scratch

Victorian Quince Paste – Homemade Quince Jelly Candy

Made with just three ingredients – quince paste is a traditional Christmas candy popular since the Victorian era.

Victorian Quince Paste - Homemade Quince Jelly Candy

Quince paste – also called quince candy, quince cheese and quince jelly candy – is an old-fashioned Christmas candy. It has a beautiful reddish color and tastes like a sweet version of quince jelly. It takes some time to make quince paste at home but it’s so worth it and you’ll only need three ingedients: quinces, sugar and lemon juice! Continue reading Victorian Quince Paste – Homemade Quince Jelly Candy

30 Historical Recipes With Apricot Kernels, Peach Kernels & Cherry Pits

Noyaux, marzipan, amaretto, kirschwasser, cherry jam – there are a lot of recipes that are made with apricot kernels, peach kernels or cherry pits!

30 Historical Recipes With Apricot Kernels, Peach Leaves & Cherry Pits

Just recently I found out that apricot kernels, cherry pits, peach kernels and peach leaves can be used as natural bitter almond flavoring. ‘Families should always save their peach-kernels, as they can be used in cakes, puddings and custards.’ (Seventy-five Receipts for Pastry, Cakes and Sweetmeats, 1836, p. 56) And even if the kernels contain amygdalin, which turns into cyanide in the body, it’s safe to consume food prepared with kernels if it’s cooked or baked before eating (more about it here).

Continue reading 30 Historical Recipes With Apricot Kernels, Peach Kernels & Cherry Pits

Homemade Almond Extract – With Almonds Or Apricot Pits

Almond extract is easy and cheap to make at home – it just takes some time! You can use almonds to make homemade almond extract or something that you’d usually throw away: fruit stones!

Homemade Almond Extract - With Almonds Or Apricot Pits

In the past, fruit stones – such as apricot pits, peach kernels and cherry pits – were often used to flavor custard, cake or compote. Real almond extract – also called noyaux – is made with fruit stones. But apricot pits etc. contain a form of cyanide – so if you’re worried about it just make homemade almond extract with almonds! Continue reading Homemade Almond Extract – With Almonds Or Apricot Pits

Peach Leaf Ice Cream – Dairy-Free, No Raw Eggs

Peach leaf ice cream – an unusual ice cream flavor: It taste of bitter almonds and marzipan. This peach leaf ice cream is dairy-free and made without raw eggs!

Peach Leaf Ice Cream - Dairy-Free, No Raw Eggs

As soon as I read that peach leaves lend a subtle bitter almond flavor to ice cream, I was intrigued! I could hardly wait for summer to try out the peach leaf ice cream with fresh peach leaves from grandma’s garden! Continue reading Peach Leaf Ice Cream – Dairy-Free, No Raw Eggs

Homemade Aquafaba

Homemade aquafaba is amazing stuff! Turn something that you’d usually throw away into vegan whipped cream and vegan meringue. How amazing is that?! Aquafaba is easy to make at home and it tastes much better than store-bought aquafaba.

Homemade Aquafaba
Whipped aquafaba is pure white! Homemade aquafaba, whipped homemade aquafaba and cooked chickpeas

Aquafaba – sometimes called chickpea brine – is the cooking water of chickpeas (or other legumes). It’s a natural, vegan, plant-based egg replacer. You can use aquafaba as vegan egg substitute for cakes, as binder for vegan burgers, for vegan mayonnaise or vegan cheese, for vegan marshmallows or vegan marshmallow fluff, to make vegan mousse and vegan buttercream, as vegan whipped cream substitute or vegan ice cream base, for vegan chocolate-covered marshmallow cookies, for fluffy vegan waffles and crepes – you can even make vegan meringue or a vegan pavlova with aquafaba! Continue reading Homemade Aquafaba