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Tofu Tiramisu Cheesecake

I recently joined Kulinarya (a club for Filipino food bloggers) and for the month of June, Adora’s Box and Tita Flips chose white as the theme to coincide with the month of weddings.

So here’s a recipe I borrowed from the wonderful Kitchen M, only slightly altering her awesome cheesecake into tofu tiramisu cheesecake — what can I say, I love coffee and a bit of liquor! The spongecake also works in lieu of ladyfingers, but if I had the time, I would recommend using ladyfingers (they can be bought pre-made in grocery stores) so you can skip the sponge cake procedure.

Tofu Tiramisu Cheesecake

Ingredients

  • (makes 1 -8” cake pan, serves 12-16):
  • Sponge cake for the bottom:
  • ½ c cake flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 3 large eggs yolks
  • 1/3 c sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 large egg white, at room temperature
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 3 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • ¼ tsp cream of tartar
  • Butter for greasing the pan
  • Coffee Liqueur
  • For cheesecake filling:
  • 5oz (150 g) Silken Tofu
  • 8 oz (1 pkg) Cream Cheese
  • 3 Tbsp Butter
  • ¼ c + 1 Tbsp Sugar
  • ¼ c Kabosu Juice (You can use lemon juice if not available)
  • ½ c Crème Fraiche
  • 2 Tbsp Gelatin Powder
  • ¼ c + 2 Tbsp warm water
  • Cocoa powder to dust

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F and grease 8” springform pan with butter and line the bottom with parchment paper. Sift cake flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl and set aside.
  2. In a medium sized bowl, beat egg yolks and 1/3 c sugar together. When the mixture gets light in color and thick, add vanilla extract and continue to beat for another couple of more minutes.
  3. Gently, stir in dry mixture into the egg yolk mixture with rubber spatula. Do not over mix.
  4. In a large bowl, beat egg whites and cream of tartar with electric mixer on high speed until frothy. Add 2 Tbsp of sugar and continue to beat until stiff peak is formed.
  5. Gently, fold in 1/3 of egg whites into the egg yolk mixture and repeat the same for the rest of egg whites.
  6. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 10-15 minutes or until the toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let it cool at the room temperature.
  7. When the cake is completely cooled, slice the cake horizontally into two or thirds – varying on desired thickness. (You can save the other piece for second batch or something else.)
  8. If you wish, clean the side of springform pan and re-attach. Leave the cake on the bottom. Pour coffee liqueur and let it soak. Prepare the cheesecake filling.
  9. Tip: I find that many springform pans leak after several usage. So I usually line it with a strip of wax paper all around the internal circumference. This also makes it easy to peel when the cheesecake sets. I've had the unfortunate experience of the whole cake leaking into the oven once, leaving nothing but a mess to clean up!
  10. In a large ceramic bowl (microwavable), add tofu, cream cheese and butter. Microwave for 5-10 seconds (x 3-4 times) to heat up a little bit at a time. (You don’t want the butter and cheese to melt completely.)
  11. Mix with wired whip. When mixture becomes smooth, add sugar and continue to mix. Then add Kabosu juice and crème fraiche and mix again.
  12. In a small ceramic bowl (microwavable) mix gelatin powder and warm water and mix well. If it’s not warm enough, microwave for 10-15 seconds. When gelatin powder is completely melted, stir it into the cheesecake mixture.
  13. Pour the cheesecake mixture into the prepared pan. Cover with plastic wrap and put it in the fridge for at least 4 hours. Serve chilled, dusting cocoa powder on top.
  14. Note: I forgot to mention that I deviated a bit from the original recipe here in terms of the gelatin. I found 2 tbsp gelatin powder on the firm side for the filling. So I cut it down by half (1 tbsp) for a fluffier texture. But it's totally up to you.
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  1. 37 mos, 3 wks ago

    What a lovely dessert! Can this be classified as Vegan food! Anyways, your version of Tiramisu looks so sumptuous. I must try, must I say! I’m new to Kulinarya as well, however I still haven’t posted my June recipe yet!
    Happy cooking and welcome to the group!

  2. nathango
    37 mos, 3 wks ago

    Thank you! Alas, I’m not very familiar with what can be classified as vegan food or not. I did use cheese, butter, and eggs so possibly not. For what it’s worth, it’s still healthier than the regular cheesecake (or tiramisu at that), which would’ve called for double the amount of cream cheese. I look forward to your post!

  3. 37 mos, 3 wks ago

    Hmm, interesting! I love Tofu but just never had it as cheesecake. Welcome to Kulinarya Nathan and have fun food blogging!

  4. 37 mos, 3 wks ago

    This looks like a guilt free dessert… love it! Great take on the white motif for this month’s theme. Welcome to Kulinarya! I hope to know you more through your posts Kababayan!

    best,
    Malou

  5. pam
    37 mos, 3 wks ago

    OMG. Looks delicious!!!!

  6. 37 mos, 3 wks ago

    I have never had a cheesecake that has had tofu in it. What a perfect way to make a guilty pleasure less naughty. It looks delicious and a perfect white dish for Junes theme… Welcome to the KCC…

  7. nathango
    37 mos, 3 wks ago

    Thanks Pam!

  8. nathango
    37 mos, 3 wks ago

    Thanks Ray! I know, I was a bit skeptical too when I first heard of tofu cheesecake. Your site looks amazing!

  9. nathango
    37 mos, 3 wks ago

    Thanks Malou! Likewise…

  10. nathango
    37 mos, 3 wks ago

    Thanks Katherine!

  11. 37 mos, 3 wks ago

    I haven’t had a chance to enjoy tiramisu and cheesecake together so this is great. And the fact the you lightened up the recipe with tofu makes this even more appealing. Great job, Nathan and welcome to Kulinarya :)

  12. 37 mos, 2 wks ago

    Tufo in cheesecake will definitely entice me……looks so deli…thanks :-)

  13. 37 mos, 2 wks ago

    WOW! What a beautiful looking dessert!

  14. 37 mos, 2 wks ago

    Welcome to KCC, Nathan. You’ve got a lovely dish for our white theme. My family loves soy milk and tofu so I bet this cheesecake will be a favourite.

  15. 37 mos, 2 wks ago

    tofu always equals to tokwa’t baboy to our family. I reread it thrice and indeed it is a tofu cheesecake! Looks good and im pretty sure it’s delish as well. New to KCC as well. Welcome!

  16. 37 mos, 2 wks ago

    Nathan, welcome to KCC! What a lovely post! This is absolutely looks amazing! Thanks for the spring form pan tip ;-) .

  17. 37 mos, 2 wks ago

    Welcome to KCC Nathan… thanks for sharing this and it is absolutely beautiful… I will definitely make this

  18. 36 mos, 2 wks ago

    this just looks too DELICIOUS. thanks for sharing!:)

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