Until recently, I've just forgone any recipes I used to make that included sweetened condensed milk. However, a few weeks ago I had some fantastic macaroons at Bread & Roses in Toronto (in Bloor West Village), and wanted to try and make a vegan version of them. As it happens, I need sweetened condensed milk for that, but haven't been able to locate a commercially-available version (and certainly not in the city where I live!). I figured "hey, sweetened condensed milk is just basically milk and sugar and thick, and I can do that vegan." After some research on the internets I found a few recipes, but most of them included soy milk powder, which I think is teh gross. This is what I devised instead.
SWEETENED CONDENSED UN-MILK
- 3T corn starch
- 1&1/4c soy milk
- 3/4c coconut milk
- 1&3/4c sugar (white or brown or a combination thereof, depending on what you're making; brown will give it a more caramelly taste, but will also make it, um, brown)
- Mix the corn starch with 1/4c of the soy milk in a small bowl, and stir to mix.
- Combine the remaining 1c soy milk, coconut milk, and sugar in a small saucepan. Cook over medium-high heat until it starts to boil.
- Stir the corn starch mixture again, and add to the saucepan, whisking constantly.
- Reduce the heat to low, and continue to cook until thickened (about 1-2 minutes).
- Cool and use as you would sweetened condensed milk!
My first attempt at macaroons are cooling as we speak! If they turn out, I'll post the recipe soon!