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Looking for the perfect vegan egg wash substitute to add shine and golden color to your vegan pie crusts and baked goods? Here are a variety of options to choose from including a simple recipe that works like a charm. Youll love this guide that gives a look at 10 different egg-free egg wash options.
Most pastry recipes call for brushing your dough with something (typically an egg wash) before its placed in the oven. But whats a vegan baker to do? Will your crusts be ruined if you just skip it?
I decided to experiment to find out.
What is an Egg Wash?
In order to replicate an egg wash, its important to understand the original and how it works.
These components encourage browning and/or shine on a crust:
This is why some of the best pastry washes combine ingredients like eggs and cream.
Egg-Free Pastry Washes
I did some research on the best egg wash alternatives and from there chose 10 of the most popular options.
Yes, thats only 7, but the three remaining are a combination of the others, plus a plain piece to serve as a point of comparison. If youre looking for vegan egg wash substitutes, here is your chance to check out a variety of options!
On the other hand, is egg wash necessary for egg-free baking? Lets find out!
For testing purposes, I usedmy vegan pie crust recipe. I rolled it out and cut 10 rounds. Then I brushed all of them except one with a different wash. Then I rated each wash based on color, sheen, and consistency of browning.
Wash #1: Aquafaba
Wash #2: Coconut Oil
Wash #3: Plain
Wash #4: Cornstarch
Wash #5: Flax Egg
Wash #6: Vegan Butter
Wash #7: Soy Milk
Wash #8: Vegan Butter + Soy Milk
Wash #9: Almond Milk
Egg Wash #10: Vegan Butter + Soy Milk + Agave
Now, lets go over some questions and then discuss making the best vegan egg wash.
What's the best vegan egg wash for bread?
For savory bread, I recommend using vegan butter or vegan butter combined with a bit of almond or soy milk. For sweet bread, adding a bit of agave nectar to the mixture will give it more shine and color.
Can you use almond milk for egg wash?
You can use almond milk for egg wash when you want to help your pastry or bread achieve more of a golden color. However, almond milk will produce minimal shine, creating a more rustic look to your baked good.
Can aqufaba be used as egg wash?
You can use aquafaba (the liquid from a can of chickpeas) to create an egg-free egg wash. Simply brush the aquafaba over unbaked pastries or bread to create a subtle golden hue.
How to Make Vegan Egg Wash
You can find the full printable recipe, including ingredient quantities, below. But first, here are some explanations of ingredients and steps to help you make this recipe perfect every time.
Here are the ingredients youll need for this recipe:
How to Use Vegan Egg Wash
Here are some best vegan pastry recipes to use your pastry wash:
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Egg Wash Substitute
Use this vegan egg wash to make your favorite baked pastries baked to perfection, including a golden crust!
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Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 4 minutes
Author: Marly McMillen
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Savory Egg Wash: For a savory egg wash, combine 1 tablespoon melted vegan butter with 2 tablespoons vegan milk.
Calories: 71kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 24mg | Potassium: 56mg | Sugar: 10g
The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionists advice.
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