Thursday, March 11, 2010

Chickpea Paste

As I mentioned in my review of Bean Appetit, it is apparently an option to use a chickpea paste instead of butter in baking.  All you need to do is blend chickpeas into a paste in your blender or food processor.   Add some water to help the paste mix if necessary.  I have then had success using it in recipes in equal proportion to the butter requirement. 

Using the chickpea paste, I find that I do not get the oily texture that results from substituting oil or shortening.  Instead, I get a delicious, buttery texture. 

Of course, you will want to make sure that the mixture is well-blended so that an errant chickpea doesn't make it into the cake!

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