BBC Wiltshire GBBO Challenge

Tropical fruit, Aquafaba, meringue, baking, GBBO,

I’m always up for a challenge!  So when I heard Rachel Houghton announce on her BBC Radio Wiltshire morning show, someone was urgently required to bake Prue Leith’s technical challenge, Vegan Tropical Fruit Meringue,  GBBO recipe’s  as on The Great British Bake Off,  I immediately thought, I’m your woman & rang the radio station

Now, this was required for 11 am tomorrow morning. Quickly Googling the recipe, I headed to the shops for ingredients.  Most were already in my store cupboard, but I did not have a supply of juicy tropical fruit.  Waitrose however, were ahead of the game &  stocked to the brim with fruits for GBBO baking enthusiasts. I scooped up Mango’s, passion fruit, kiwi fruit, pomegranates & a pineapple & headed for my kitchen.

I have never baked a vegan egg free meringue before. However I do have experience with the ordinary variety, the trick of these being enough whisking, before gradually adding the sugar to produce smooth, billowy, satiny peaks of meringue.

 

I must say I had a double interest in this challenge. In the late eighties, when I was a good few years younger & just embarking on my cooking career, I was lucky enough to have Prue Leith write an article about me in The Guardian. you can read more about  this by following the link.  The Kitchen Experience So to bake one of her recipes, as a challenge, all these years later, I found very satisfying.

Having whisked up the Aquafaba – Chickpea juice for the uninitiated – to the desired consistency. I gradually added the sugar, beating well between each addition. When I had achieved what I thought was the right texture, I piled the “meringue” into a piping bag, fitted with a star nozzle & swirled rings onto the marked, baking parchment, & popped it into the oven.

 

While the mixture was whisking, I quickly made up the Patisserie Creme & left to cool. I found, in my oven,  the disks of meringue needed a longer cooking time than the recipe stated.  Left to cool, I then assembled the dessert. I still felt that the disks, could have done with further cooking time, as they were weeping, slightly in the middle. Still no matter once put together I was quite happy with the result, but will make a note on the cooking time, for next time. This is not a dessert to make in advance. it is best made, assembled & served on the same day.

Now. The proof of the pudding, is in the eating. I found a lady passing by outside & asked, in the interest of cookery, would she be prepared to taste my effort & give her comments on the radio. – I had not told her at this point that the meringue, was in fact made with chickpea juice! – She thought it tasted quite delicious & was amazed to find out what it was made with.

 

I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge & enjoyed working with different ingredients. I look forward to adapting the method & producing more Vegan goodies in the future.

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HAPPY BAKING

If you are wondering what I did with the chickpeas, I’m happy to tell you that I used them in another recipe, this time one of mine, which you will find here :

 Truffleicious blog

 

 

 

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TRUFFLEicious was an independent business based at Great Chalfield, Wiltshire, in a stable we converted into a 5* hygiene registered kitchen, within the grounds of Great Chalfield Manor. Wiltshire In January 2019 I moved to Appledore, North Devon, UK, where as well as cooking I have also built & maintain a local food & drink blog web site for small businesses & visitors alike. My new site www.northdevondoes.com is a non-profit website. Having worked as a cook for more than 40 years mainly in private family houses for Polo functions and at Harrods. “My aim is to supply & blog about the benefits of 100% Homemade foods made from my own original recipes and containing fresh, natural, local ingredients, which contain NO nasties”. Visit my website: www.truffleicious.org I have wealth of experience behind me, encompassing a broad range of cookery techniques & original own recipes. www.truffleicious.org I also write a blog, giving recipes, cookery tips & dealing with what to do with your leftovers & also food & nutrition blog (Low FodMap Diet) "Paws for Thought" www.truffleicious.blog I was invited to The Great British Food Festival, Bowood House, Nr Calne, Wiltshire on August Bank Holiday Monday 2017 where I gave a cookery demonstration on Gluten Free Cakes. Media Interviews: BBC Radio Wiltshire Graham Rogers Morning Show. Love your leftovers 26.12.18 BBC Radio Wiltshire. The Social. Sue Kinnear & Tim Weaks 17.12.2018 BBC Radio Wiltshire. GBBO Tech Challenge. Rachel Houghton morning Show 27.11.18 I will also be on the Sue Davis show, BBC Radio Wiltshire, for 6 weeks in October 2017 sharing my recipes on food leftovers. The Marie Lennon Morning Show. BBC Radio Wiltshire. Tues 12th December 2017 talking about making chocolate Truffles for Christmas. Chatting with Holly Rattley about my blog www.truffleicious.blog in the Kitchen at BBC Radio Wiltshire on Thursday 28th December 2017 & demonstrating what to do with those Christmas leftovers. BBC Wiltshire also featured me on "The Social" with Sue Kinnear & Tim Weeks in Dec 2018 chatting about building my websites & social media. TRUFFLEicious/FoodiesDevon is registered as a food business with Torridge Council & our Scores on the Doors are 5*. We hold current public & product liability insurance & Food Hygiene Certificate. I am an avid user of social media & you can follow me any FB, five accounts, twitter five accounts, Instagram, four accounts. View my profile on LinkedIn.

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