Sunday, August 23, 2009

Say "Cheese" Cake!

The hubby has one special request for his birthday every year: vegan cheesecake. It's not one my favorite desserts especially since the ingredients call for quite a bit of tofu and a soy-based vegan cream cheese. He still likes it a lot though. I only got around to making it yesterday, over a month since his birthday. Better late than never though!
Here's the recipe reposted from VegWeb.com.

Better Than Tofu Cheesecake

Ingredients (use vegan versions):


Crust:

1 1/4c graham cracker crumbs

2 tablespoon vegan sugar or other sweetener

1/4c margarine or oil

Filling:

2 lbs. soft silken tofu (well drained but not pressed)

8 oz. vegan cream cheese

1/4c pineapple juice frozen concentrate thawed

1/2c oil

1Tbs. lemon juice

1Tbs. vanilla extract

1/2c pure maple syurp

1Tbs. coriander

1Tbs. corn starch disolved in 2Tbs. water


Directions:


For crust: Melt margarine and blend well with graham cracker cumbs and sweetener. Press well into bottom of spring-form pan or round cake pan. Bake at 350F for 10 minutes. Let cool.


Filling: Mash tofu with vegan cream cheese. Add all other ingredients to tofu mixture and whip with hand mixer until well blended and very creamy. Try to get all tofu lumps out. Pour into crust and bake at 350F for 45-50 minutes. Turn OFF oven and leave in for 15 minutes more to help set center. When done edges should be golden and starting to pull away from sides of pan, center should be soft set (it will wiggle if you shake pan lightly). Cool about an hour then refigerate another 3 hours to set center. Keep refrigerated.


Serves: approx 12


Preparation time: 1 1/2 hours

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I, of course, made some modifications and I can think of a few other ones I can make in the future.

Firstly, I used silken tofu. Next time I may actually go for a regular/firm tofu. I don't mix the tofu by hand. I actually process it in the food processor so it comes out very smooth. No need to use the silken tofu. Secondly, I omitted the coriander. I cannot even imagine what coriander is doing in this recipe. I was willing to try, though, Gave the coriander a whiff and chickened out. I left out the pineapple juice because I didn't have any and just upped the amount of fresh lemon juice I used. I also used only 1-2 tablespoons of maple syrup (not 1/2 cup--maple syrup is just too expensive) and sweetened it with a cup of turbinado (maple syrup is sweeter than turbinado). I didn't put cornstarch in because I missed that part of the recipe. It was too runny though so I added about a 1/3 cup flour. I will make sure to use the cornstarch next time as a thickener. That would actually work very well.

I didn't use graham cracker crust recipe that comes with this one. I used the one that come on the box of the Mi-Del graham crackers I buy. This brand of graham crackers are straight nasty to eat out of the box. They are like teething biscuits but extra salty. They work well for graham cracker crust. But any graham cracker crust (including one you buy) will do.

For the top, I made a simple fruit topping:
1 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
2 tbsp. arrowroot
3 tsps. lemon juice
1-1/2 cup blueberries

Put all ingredients in a pot and stir over low-medium heat until thickened and glossy.


The hubby really enjoyed it although he said it tasted more like a custard than a cheesecake. I think the cornstarch and firmer tofu will help a lot.

6 comments:

navelgazingbajan said...

Your cheesecake looks delicious! Cheesecake is one of my favorite desserts and now that I'm avoiding dairy for the sake of my breastfeeding son I was thinking of making a vegan version. I've made a vegan cheesecake before and it was tasty but I might give your version a try.

Chi-Chi, The Original Wombman said...

Give it a try!! I'd love to hear (and see) how it turns out!

navelgazingbajan said...

I'm going to make this cheesecake this week. I'll let you know how it turns out!

Chi-Chi, The Original Wombman said...

Navelgazingbajan, I can't wait to hear how it turns out! :) Post pictures. LoL.

navelgazingbajan said...

I made the cheesecake! I posted pics on my blog. It is pretty tasty. Thanks for sharing that.

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