Let’s go back to the main topic of this blog: vegan food. If you’re stopping here for the fist time I have to warn you that I am not a chef or a genius in the kitchen, but I love cooking and decided to create this blog do share my experiences about cooking and living as a vegan.
For the Christmas evening I baked a vegan peanut butter “cheese” cake. To make the “frosting”, or last layer, I used the “crema pasticcera” mix that I had at home, bought in Italy. It’s creamy custard filling very popular there. I would say that for the next time I do this cheese cake I would go with a chocolate layer, makes more sense.
1 1/2 cups vegan cracker crumbs
1/3 cup white sugar
1/4 cup vegan margarine
1/2 package extra-firm silken tofu
1 package vegan “cream cheese”
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup peanut butter
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
Preheat your oven to 175°C.
For the crust, stir together the graham cracker crumbs and the sugar in a medium bowl. Melt the margarine and incorporate it into the dry ingredients, forming a crumbly mixture. Use your hands to press this mixture into the bottom of a 7 inch round springform pan (all the recipes use the 9 inch pan but this recipe is for a smaller cake). Make it further up in the sides to form a lip at the edge of the crust. Set aside.
For the filling, drain the tofu of any excess water and blend it in a food processor or blender until smooth. Add in the vegan “cream cheese” and blend it again. Add the peanut butter, the sugar and vanilla and blend it again for 2 or 3 minutes (or until it achieve a very smooth and homogeneous consistency). Add the mixture over the crust and spread it.
Bake it for 35 to 40 minutes.
Refrigerate the cake for at least 8 hours before serving. You can serve it with soy cream too.