A vegan lifestyle offers a way to shrink our environmental footprint, especially in regard to climate change. Plus, it's no secret that a well-planned vegan diet can fuel the highest levels of fitness, while reducing our risk of various chronic diseases. This World Vegan Day on November 1, Le Cordon Bleu Melbourne chef and lecturer Mariano Velazquez has been busy in the kitchen, creating a dark chocolate and lime tart with a vegan twist.
He says this sweet, vegan alternative reflects the season and demonstrates how you can still make a delicious dessert using only vegan ingredients in its preparation.
“Making a vegan tart base only requires replacing the butter for a plant-based margarine,” Chef Mariano says.
“The use of almond meal and flour makes the tart golden and crisp, to be able to hold the rest of the ingredients.
“I particularly like the aquafaba meringues. Using the liquid from cooked chickpeas to make meringues is magical. The structure, flavour and shine of the vegan meringue is stunning.”
Raise your fork to World Vegan Day by popping on your chef’s hat and recreating this dish for friends and family. Bon appétit!
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