Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Impulse Buying
I have become an impulse buyer with new products to bake or cook with. This is not a bad thing in any way, but it does tend to give me mixed results. It also gives me quite the nudge to use it when I keep pushing it aside in the fridge until the date has just about passed! Anyway, one of the last things I bought that had an expiration date on it was silken tofu. I had every intension of making "ice cream" or pudding, but I also had a container of rice alternative cream cheese that needed to be used...so I thought maybe cheesecake. My oldest son loves cheesecake (and egg nog) and I thought that if I could incorporate some good for you tofu into his cheesecake then I would be super mom, right...Well, not so much. I used this recipe for eggnog cheesecake (which the illustrator and I thought had a really good flavor), but I think I used the wrong kind of silken tofu. I think you have to use the kind that is not refrigerated. Everywhere I have looked has pointed out that you need to use the kind in the box. My local grocery store does not sell that type, so I used what I had. The flavor was very good and the pie was creamy in texture, but I was looking for a more sturdy cheesecake consistency. It was more like a cheese pie (I think due to the type of tofu I used) and I will be making this again and trying the other type of tofu in it. I like the idea of the oatmeal cookie crust, but I think I made mine too thick. I used an old school pie plate and it was not big enough for the pie. I had a lot left over. Incidentally, I baked the left overs in a bowl and I think it would have made a great "creme brulee", but I was the only one eating it and by the 5th piece...I had enough (I mean how much pie can one girl eat?). So, I will explore this again and try to use a different product. I have not stepped outside of the box for so long when it comes to baking that I have enjoyed trying out new products! It definitely makes life (at least with food) more interesting!


posted by Sarena Shasteen - The Non-Dairy Queen @ 9:14 AM  
  • At November 23, 2007 at 9:28 PM, Blogger VeggieGirl said…

    haha, oh man, I am THE impulse shopper when it comes to buying new baking/cooking ingredients and such - when I go to Whole Foods, I always purchase everything that's on my list, plus 20 ADDITIONAL items, that I just happen to see in the stores ;0)

    aww, I'm sure this recipe will come out PERFECTLY, next time you try it - don't worry! :0)

  • At November 23, 2007 at 9:41 PM, Blogger eatme_delicious said…

    Ooo eggnog cheesecake with an oatmeal cookie crust! That sounds so good. Thanks for reminding me that I wanted to try making a vegan cheesecake with the tofutti!

  • At December 4, 2007 at 10:51 AM, Blogger Sarena Shasteen said…

    Veggiegirl-I have to impulse buy! It encourages me to experiment and I love to try new things!

    Eatme_delicious-I want to try a cheesecake with tofutti too! Let em know how it turns out!

  • At December 18, 2007 at 1:40 AM, Blogger Linda said…

    I made this cheesecake last night and my hubby to be felt the same way you did about the consistency. I would be interested to know how you changed the recipe to make it more like cheesecake.
    I plan to post my cheesecake on my blog this week. I ate my piece before I could take a picture.

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