Sunday, November 12, 2006

Chocolate Cream Pie?

Some things can be easily be made into vegan from a non-vegan recipe. Others, not so easy. One thing that makes it possible is the great science behind making substitutes or alternatives like vegan cheeze, using banana instead of eggs in baking, using vegan 'tuna' instead of the real fish, etc. But, it goes without saying that one cannot make a cheesecake without the cream cheese. And there are cream cheeze alternatives, one i really like. So, the next time i want a cheezecake, i will go to the 'other' mentioned recipe.

Having said that, this pie was really tasty for us. So much so that J had seconds. Yes, the texture was off (not rich or thick like traditional cheesecake), and there was that aforementioned film on top (yuck is right), but this was a decadent chocolate pie. So, i think we should rename it a cream pie, as that was what it really was for all of us reviewing it here.

I too had to bake it for the full hour, and placed it in the fridge overnight. I used soft tofu instead of silken, and used vanilla soymilk instead of chocolate, though i did use the chocolate chips that were optional. Having run out of possible garnishes, i sprinkled mine with sugar just for a bit of pizazz.

So, i'm glad that i read everyone's entries first; i was pre-warned about some of the challenges but i also did not end of feeling like i did something drastically wrong. I wonder if we should review the original recipe to tell the author how ours turned out?


At November 13, 2006 12:19 AM, Anonymous Les said...

Sometimes it is pointless to "re-invent the wheel"...and cheesecake, after all it's the cream cheese that makes it so special.

At November 13, 2006 7:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah... It was a cream pie, not a cheezecake. I have always wondered about those cheezecake recipes that only use tofu, and no cream cheeze. I am kind of glad that I made this recipe because now I know. I think maybe we should review the original recipe as you suggested... Just so people know that if they are looking for cheezecake as they know it, this isn't it. It was a good chocolate cream pie though! :O)


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