Agar flakes can be used as a vegan gelling agent. They are made from seaweed, but fortunately they don’t taste like it.
Unlike gelatine, agar flakes need to be boiled in the liquid you want to set. This limits their use a little. However, agar sets faster than gelatine – which is always a positive when you’re waiting to tuck into your treat! Read more…
This is a simple, but yummy, trifle. I have used agar flakes instead of gelatine, so it’s also suitable for vegetarians. To celebrate the London 2012 Olympics, I have decorated the trifle so that it looks like the Union Jack.
1 litre apple and raspberry juice
5 tbsp agar flakes
300 ml whipping cream*
1 ½ tsp vanilla extract
30-40 g xylitol
Berries of your choice for decoration
1. To make the jelly, pour the juice into a saucepan and sprinkle the agar flakes over the top. Bring to the boil over a gentle heat, stirring every now and then. The agar flakes will dissolve gradually. Continue reading →