Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Vegan Cheesecake

I feel a bit overworked today. Last night I crossed into overtime after only 2/3 of my pay period. It was a long week. I have the next two days off and hope to relax, cook, watch basketball, and play some games.

Sunday Jamie and I went to the house to look at paint colors. We completely grabbed the wrong samples and will need to go back out. Then we got a few items at the store and returned home for a day of cooking.

I started a vegan cheesecake. Interestingly, the oven in our condo is not level and when you bake something like a cheesecake, it comes out lopsided. I will give you the recipe either way, make it in a flat oven.

Vegan Cheesecake

1 graham cracker crust (store bought or homemade)
2 1/2 tubs of Tofutti Cream Cheese
4 units of egg replacer

3/4 cup of brown sugar
1/2 cup of sugar
1/3 cup of lemon juice
1/4 cup of maple syrup
2 tablespoons of water
1 tablespoon of cinnamon
1 teaspoon of vanilla

Pre-heat the oven to 350. In a sauce pan, pour water, brown sugar, and maple syrup. Bring to a simmer and allow the sugar to dissolve. In a food processor, add the tofutti cream cheese, egg replacer, vanilla, and sugar. Puree until smooth and well mixed. Add in 1/2 cup of the water and brown sugar mixture. Puree until well mixed. Add in the lemon juice and puree until smooth and well mixed. Taste. The mixture should have a strong lemon flavor and be richly sweet. Add more water / brown sugar mixture to make sweeter and lemon juice for more lemon flavor until satisfied. Pour the mixture into the crust and bake in the oven for 30 mins. The top should begin to become golden brown and bubble a bit. Chill for 3 hours and top if you wish.

I have been working on this recipe for a long time and am very happy with it. It comes out nice and moist with a sweet flavor. Try it.

Sunday I also made some seitan. I roasted it in the oven with some potatoes and brussel sprouts. The seitan came out really well. It is good to have the oven back.

Lunch on Sat was made by Jamie. Her famous enchiladas! Tato liked the smell and I like the taste! Yum!


veggievixen said...

i've been DYING to make cheezecake. like crazy.

delicious looking enchiladas!

Sal said...

you can't beat a good cheezecake - yum.

Tara said...

Yum, both the cheesecake and the enchiladas look great! I hope you get some rest and relaxation!

DJ Karma said...

Cheesecake looks really good- and no cracks!

VeganCowGirl said...

Totally impressive cheesecake!!! Mine NEVER comes out looking that classic....I always fart around with the recipe - but yours look like it came out of a NY deli!

Love the kitty picture - don't work too hard!

Anonymous said...

Wow. Level or not, the cheesecake looks delicious. And the enchiladas look terrific too. Hope you have a lovely weekend.

Anonymous said...

I just can't seem to get into seitan. Don't know what it is, but it just has never wowed me. But, yours looks pretty darn good. Maybe I've just never had good seitan.

Jenn said...

Cheesecake looks awesome! And you won a personalized copy of Vegan Brunch. Send me your address and I'll ship it on out. jennlynskey at gmail dot com.

Jeni Treehugger said...

That cheesecake looks AWESOME!!!
So do the Enchiladas and so does Tato!!