spiced pear 'cream cheese'. yep, you guessed it, it's vegan!
Vegan, Gluten free option
recipe featured on The Chalkboard Mag | photos by Morgan Ione Yeager
"I first stumbled upon Pear Cream Cheese made with tofu at a bagel store in the Hamptons and I was instantly obsessed... until i found out what was in the tofu...
WATER, EXPELLER PROCESSED NATURAL OIL BLEND (SOYBEAN, PALM FRUIT AND OLIVE), MALTODEXTRIN, NON-GMO (SOY PROTEIN, TOFU), NON-DAIRY LACTIC ACID, BLEND OF NATURAL GUMS (LOCUST BEAN, GUAR, CELLULOSE, XANTHAN AND CARRAGEENAN), ORGANIC SUGAR, VEGETABLE MONO AND DIGLYCERIDES, SALT.
WAY too many unnecessary and unhealthy ingredients in there if you ask me.
So i decided to see if it was possible to make my own, minus all the additives and you know what? It was SUPER easy! Regular non-GMO, organic tofu as a base makes the texture unbelievably creamy and combined with the sweetness of the pears is absolutely delish!
If you're not a fan of soy you could always try using cashews but honestly, the creaminess you get from the tofu is unlike no other. So i say, just enjoy it!"
1 x 16oz (454gms) block firm tofu (non gmo and organic)
6-8 large pears, cored and roughly sliced
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp cinnamon
3-4 tbsp coconut sugar (depends how sweet you like it, you may need to add more. Personally i think the pears are sweet enough but everyone is different)
- In a medium sized saucepan bring the pears, 1/2 tsp of the ginger and 1/2 tsp of the cinnamon plus the coconut sugar and a little water to a boil. Cover and simmer for about 15 minutes or until soft. Checking and stirring to make sure they don't burn.
- When ready, add the tofu, 1/2 the stewed pears and the other 1/2 tsp of ginger and cinnamon to a food processor and pulse until creamy. Taste and if you think it needs more spice or sugar, add and blend again.
- When ready, chop up the remaining pears and mix through the tofu with a spoon.
- Serve on your favourite locally made bread with crushed hazelnuts and a drizzle of honey or maple syrup.
- OPTION: Add a bit of cracked black pepper on top. I know it sounds weird but it's actually REALLY GOOD!