The vegan cheesecake recipes that are appearing all over blogophere are made with soaked cashew nuts or vegan cream cheese, but I have been making this old fashion vegan cheesecake with tofu for a while. And what's more, it is no cook too.
When you tuck into this Lemon Tofu cheesecake, please don't go trying to compare it to the dense, rich dairy version. This one is very different, yet it delivers on flavour and textures.
I've made this No Cook Cheesecake in the past with a vegan strawberry jelly topping in the shape of hearts, this time though I decided to stud it simply with some glace cherries.
My husband wasn't too sure as to why I made this vegan cheesecake, especially as we have a couple of tubs of dairy cream cheese in the fridge, but the truth is I was prompted to make this recipe for one of the cutest girls I have ever met in my life. She has the most infectious giggle that sets you off to a good day. She goes by the pseudonym Twitter name Tequila Mockingbird. I hope she approves of this old fashion Lemon Tofu Cheesecake.
I am sharing this recipe with No Waste Food Challenge hosted by Elizabeth's Kitchen Diary. The digestive biscuits were in the biscuit tin for a while, the glace cherries reaching the best before date.
No Cook Lemon Cheesecake (Vegan)
Serves 12 makes 1 x 20cm/8 inch non-stick round cake tin with removable base
250g digestive biscuits
3 tablespoons ground nuts
4 tablespoon vegan margarine
350g silken tofu
Juice and zest from 1 lemon
100g caster sugar
10 glace cherries, sliced in half
In a food processor, blitz the biscuits to crumbs, transfer to a bowl.
Melt the margarine, then pour into the biscuit crumbs, stirring well. Then tip this into the baking tin, pressing the mixture down to create the base. Refrigerate for an hour to firm up.
In a clean food processor, blend the tofu with the lemon juice and sugar until smooth.
Spread evenly over the biscuit base, smooth over with a spatula.
Randomly press the sliced cherries into the creamy tofu topping, then garnish with the lemon zest.
Refrigerate over night. Best served the following day.
Adapted from Another Dinner is Possible by Mike and Isy