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Strawberry lemon oreo cheesecake

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This post is long overdue but my computer has been on the fritz, which is just ridiculous timing considering I had wanted to get back into the swing of things. Ah well! I’ve had this in the archives for a week or so and figured there was no more relaxing time to share. 😀oreocheesecakesplash

After my whirlwind vegan experience at my first vegan restaurant a while back with a pal I was totally inspired by their creamy and delicious cheesecake to try my own. I know I call a lot of stuff on the blog “cheesecake” which isn’t really traditional at all, but considering I haven’t had a “real” one in close to six years I guess I’m going to give myself some leeway 😉 I know lots of people aren’t happy with soy-based goodies, but to be honest my body really takes offense to my using bags of nuts to create the same effect, as does my wallet. oreocheesecakeI must also admit that since discovering that my favourite grocer ever also has the cheapest silken tofu in town I’ve been having a bit of a party baking up slices and making the occasional stir-fry. Nothing beats tofu in puddings though – the texture is just so divine and creamy that I get so excited to use something other than beans or bananas. oreocheesecake2Best of all, this is Man-thing approved. It’s still going to be tinkered with for variations, but he says I may make it again, which is apparently high praise from him. There were also crocodile tears when he learned of my plan to actually share the cheesecake with his parents, but that’s first world problems for you! I honestly think he was amazed that I actually used Oreos (and then ate the rest of the packet without thinking about it), but I’m super keen to try a ginger base at some point, because I infinitely prefer that flavour profile personally. oreocheesecake4Strawberry lemon oreo cheesecake

Filling:

  • 400g chilled silken tofu, drained and pressed dry
  • 1/3 cup NuNaturals coconut sugar
  • 2 TBSP NuNaturals Simple Syrup
  • 1 TBSP cornstarch
  • 2 TBSP water
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp tumeric
  • 2 TBSP lemon juice
  • 1 TBSP lemon zest
  • 1 tsp lemon flavouring (optional)
  • 1 dropper NuNaturals Liquid NuStevia Lemon
  • 1 tsp almond essence
  • pinch salt

Base:

  • 3 TBSP coconut oil
  • 10 Oreos

Topping:

  • 1 cup strawberries, sliced in half or kept whole if small
  • 2 TBSP NuNaturals coconut sugar
  • big pinch cayenne pepper (optional)

How-to:

  1. Preheat to 180C and spray a round 18 – 20cm tin (or better yet a springform 18 – 20cm tin)
  2. Whisk the cornstarch and water and set aside for a few minutes.
  3. In a food processor, blend your base ingredients and press them firmly into the bottom of the tin. The base is slightly crumbly so if you want it to be firmer add 2 flax or chia eggs to the mix.
  4. Blend your filling ingredients with the cornstarch mix.
  5. Carefully spoon your filling atop the base and smooth out the top.
  6. In a bowl mix your topping ingredients until the sugar and pepper is evenly distributed.
  7. Bake for 35 – 40 minutes until the top is firm and golden.
  8. Let it cool then keep in the fridge for at least 2 hours (preferably overnight) before slicing.
  9. Store in the fridge.

oreocheesecake5Delicious! I was proud of myself for not eating 1 kg worth of strawberries the day I bought them at the market a while back, but it does explain why the entire top isn’t covered 😉 Still, Man-thing isn’t wild about fruit (but he did eat this!) so I kept it on the low side. If you actually like fruit (as I do!) then by all means cover the entire surface and play around with chocolate drizzle and Oreo crumbles if desired. oreocheesecake6I was honestly more interested in the filling than anything else, which is also why I kept it rather plain. The Oreos really give it that little pow of sweetness, but since it’s not a massively thick bottom layer it doesn’t overpower the totality of the dish. I do know now that I shouldn’t buy stuff like that though because I rarely eat junk cookies and I can see that my addictive personality would cause me to make that a regular in the shopping cart, when I know that steamed or baked carrots or sweet potatoes are actually tastier and won’t give me diabetes 😉oreocheesecake7I thought with my new job I’d have more time to blog and bake, but I must admit it’s still an adjustment, although I’m actually starting to have lots of fun with resource creation and planning out all sorts of goodies for the students. The office I go to twice a week even has a heater, so between that and the lap cats at home I’m very much content.oreocheesecake11

 

Author: Marfigs

Ahoy, I’m Margaux! History HOS and freelance editor; wench to my Man-thing; volunteer at a cat shelter; and handmaiden to our kitsy cats, Gatsby, Freyja and Atlas. This blog is dedicated to vegan food, occasionally overthrown by pictures of foster kittens and other fluffy creatures. I love sharing ideas and recipes, so don't be shy: stop by and say hi!

6 thoughts on “Strawberry lemon oreo cheesecake

  1. I suppose what all “cheese”cakes resemble most is a pudding in a crust. In the end, the cream cheese has texture like greek yoghurt/custard that you would put in a pudding. To cut the ramble short, when one says “cheesecake” one implies puddingcake, so we can happily call any silky cakes a cheesecake if we so please.

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  2. Reblogged this on Chef Ceaser.

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  3. I was happy and hungry just at the thought of strawberry lemon cheesecake, but then you add that deliciously chocolatey cookie crust and this looks like heaven! Although ginger cookie crust sounds marvelous too…I think I will need to sample both 🙂 It is funny how we call so many things “cheesecake” when really none of them are cheesy. Even if there is still no cheese here (luckily!) it looks just like the real creamy baked deal! One slice completely smothered in berries and chocolate sauce for me please ❤ I hope your computer is behaving itself now!

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    • 😀 I had to add the chocolate and now I’ve opened the gateway to a cookie addiction!

      One always feels bad using half-real names for things, but I always comfort myself by saying that people would be more annoyed if I called it “sort of cheesecake but not quite but it’s still pretty cool considering there’s no cheese but no, don’t run away!…” :p

      I’m getting Man-thing’s laptop and he’s getting a new computer – it has totally failed me…but score for new shiny!

      Also, chocolate sauce…. yum yum! ❤

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  4. Haha, I love when things are “man approved” (in my case my nonvegan nonglutenfree brother) and extremely picky mother approved 😉 Once they actually try my weirder creations they always end up liking them 😉

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    • 😀 haha it’s always great to have guinea pigs, especially since the vegan foodie community always comes up with strange treats (aquafaba, who knew bean fluff could be so great?) xx

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