Monday, November 21, 2011

Vegan Thanksgiving Feast: Part Three

These recipes are going to be the dessert and biscuits. I would have done these recipes last, but alas they happened to just be done before the others. The final part will be more sides.Those will be posted tomorrow! My friend helped me make this cheesecake. He has a beer brewing blog called Brew or Die! Chicago and his beers are vegan! Check it out.

Pumpkin Cheesecake

* Prep Time: 20 minutes
* Cook Time: 10-15 minutes in oven, rest overnight
* Ingredients (for crust):
  • 1/2 cup whole almonds
  • 1 pack (5 oz.) cinnamon graham crackers*
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar*
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup soy butter, melted*
* Ingredients (for filling):
  • 1 14 oz. pack silken tofu*
  • 1 15 oz. can pumpkin pie filling*
  • 2 8 oz. packages vegan cream cheese*
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
 * Recipe (for crust):
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grind almonds in a food processor.
  3. Add graham crackers, spices, and sugar to the food processor. Grind until smooth.
  4. Move the mixture in the food processor to a medium sized bowl and add the butter. Mix well.
  5. Pack into a 9 in. springform pan. Push the mixture up the sides.
  6. Bake the crust for 10-15 minutes.
* Recipe (for filling):
  1. In a mixer with whisk attachment, blend the tofu and pie filling.
  2. Add a tablespoon of cream cheese at a time until smooth.
  3. Next, add both types of sugar and spices. Mix well.
  4. Pour into crust and let site overnight in the refrigerator.
  5. Serve with cinnamon and whipped cream (optional).

* Note: I used 365 Organic brand. Make sure your sugar is vegan! For silken tofu, I used Nasoya brand. The pumpkin pie filling was Farmer's Market brand. Lastly, for vegan cream cheese I used Tofutti.

Lemon Thyme Biscuits
* Prep Time: 10 minutes
* Cook Time: 15 minutes
* Ingredients:
  • 1 cup non-dairy milk*
  • 1 tbsp distilled white vinegar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt, plus more for sprinkling
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme, plus more for sprinkling
  • 4 tbsp soy butter, cold*
* Recipe:
  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  2. In a bowl, combine the milk and the vinegar. Set in the refrigerator. 
  3. In a mixer, blend the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, lemon zest, and thyme on a low setting.
  4. Spread out some flour for dusting on a surface.
  5. Add the butter to the dry ingredients in the mixer a tablespoon at a time. Mix on a low setting. 
  6. Lastly, add the non-dairy milk. Mix well but do not over knead.
  7. Take 1-2 tablespoons at a time and create balls by rolling in the flour dusted on the surface.
  8. Place on ungreased cookie sheets.
  9. Using water, brush the tops of the biscuits. Add a bit of salt and fresh thyme to each.
  10. Bake for 12-15 minutes.
* Note: For non-dairy milk, I used almond milk. Use whatever variety you prefer. For soy butter, I used Earth Balance olive oil-based type. 

Sage Brown Butter

* Prep Time: 2 minutes
* Cook Time: 10 minutes, 1/2 hour rest time (or more)
* Ingredients:
  • 2 sticks (4 oz. each) of soy butter
  • 1/4 cup fresh sage
  • pinch of salt
* Recipe:
  1. Over medium heat, melt one stick of butter. Let start to bubble.
  2. Add the sage and cook for 30 seconds.
  3. Remove the sage and dry on paper towels.
  4. Remove the butter from heat and let cool.
  5. When sage is cool, mince.
  6. Combine the other stick of butter with the melted, browned butter. Add the minced sage and salt. Mix well.
  7. Let set in refrigerator for at least half an hour.

1 comment:

elisabetta pendola said...

these biscuits must be delicious! congrats! (as well as all the other recipes! cheers from an Italian vegan

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