Vegan Classic Cheesecake

  • Preparation Time5 mins
  • Serves10
  • DifficultyEasy

For the crust

Cooking spray
18 vegan biscuits
3 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons vegan margarine

For the filling

1 1/2 pounds extra firm silken tofu, strained
1 pound vegan cream cheese
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 tablespoon cornflour
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice plus 1 tablespoon finely grated lemon zest (about 2 lemons)
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed orange juice plus 1 tablespoon finely grated orange zest (about 1 orange)

For the topping

2 cups fresh raspberries

Special equipment: a 9-inch springform pan

Position an oven rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 175°C.

For the crust: Spray a 9-inch springform pan with cooking spray. Add the biscuits and sugar to the bowl of a food processor and process until fine crumbs form (you should have about 1 1/2 cups). Add the margarine and 2 tablespoons water to a measuring cup and melt in the microwave; add to the crumbs and blend until the mixture looks like wet sand. Pour the crumb mixture into the prepared pan; press it evenly into the bottom and use a measuring cup to smooth it evenly about 2 inches up the side. Bake until golden brown, about 15 minutes. Cool completely on a rack.

For the filling: Add the tofu to the cleaned bowl of the food processor and process until smooth and very fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add the vegan cream cheese, sugar, cornflour, vanilla, lemon juice and zest and orange juice and zest and process again until smooth and combined, 2 minutes more. Pour onto the cooled crust.

Bake the cheesecake until the outside is set but the center is still a bit loose, about 1 hour. Turn off the oven and leave the cake in for 30 minutes more. Remove the cake from the oven and let it cool completely on a rack; cover and refrigerate overnight. About 30 minutes prior to serving, remove the cake from the refrigerator (if it weeps overnight, gently dab the top with a clean paper towel). Remove the springform ring, top the cheesecake with fresh raspberries and serve.

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