Fat plays a crucial role in shaping our food experience, exerting a profound influence on both taste and texture. It adds depth and richness of flavor to dishes, elevating the overall sensory encounter of dining. From the flakiness of pastries to the tenderness of meat, fat impacts the texture and structure of a diverse range of culinary creations. However, in the collective strive to reduce reliance on animalbased ingredients and embrace more plant-based foods, finding the right fat is essential. 

Alternative proteins have garnered much interest over the last few years, but people tend to forget that fats and oils are an equally important part of a healthy diet. 

Identifying plant-based fats that mimic the characteristics of animal fats can help recreate familiar flavors and textures while aligning with plant orientated dietary choices. These fats contribute to the mouthfeel, creaminess, and indulgence we associate with certain dishes. Moreover, there is a demand for plantbased fats that can strike the balance between offering culinary pleasure and nutritional well-being. 

Fat is a key ingredient in bakery products as it plays a definitive role in enhancing volume and rich flavor. Most common fats  today contain high levels of saturated fatty acids; dairy butter contains 63% saturated fat.

Animal-derived ingredients have been prevalent in pastries. Despite the growing use of vegetable fats instead of butter, nothing  quiet matches the taste, texture, and smoothness that real butter confers. This presents a clear challenge for both the industry and its customers. 

Recently more and more consumers are looking for plant-based options for various reasons including nutrition, animal welfare,  clean label, and sustainability. In response pastry chefs are faced with the task of adjusting ingredients to meet this demand. 

It starts with gaining an understanding of how fats and oils interact with the other ingredients. Once these underlying mechanisms become clear, the challenge lies in finding a plant-based fat solution with the same workability as dairy-based butter while minimizing the need for added ingredients including allergens in the reformulation process. 

It’s time to rethink pastry as we know it. We no longer rely solely on dairy butter to create amazing-tasting pastry applications. There is now a highly credible alternative. Our main vision is to reduce pastries’ dependency on animal-based products. 

Gavan is currently exploring the potential of its technology to replace the fat component in various food applications beginning with butter for the bakery industry. 

Alternatives such as FaTRIX enable bakers to replace dairy butter without forfeiting functionality. These solutions help reduce saturated fat by 80% for each unit of fat replaced and still retain the sensory properties of saturated fats. Another advantage is the flavor. Butter tends to dominate other flavors. FaTRIX has been developed with a neutral taste, enabling chefs to highlight and bring out the flavors they desire in their creations. 

By exploring and experimenting with alternative fats, we can continue to enjoy delicious and satisfying cuisine while promoting a healthier sustainable and compassionate food system.