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 Post subject: So what's your favorite tofu cream cheese recipe?
PostPosted: Sun May 06, 2012 7:06 pm 
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I've tried a couple of different ones and have yet to find one I love. Usually they either taste a bit too sweet to me or aren't quite thick enough. Any faaaaavorites?


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It's not tofu, but I love the Incredible Almond Cream Cheez from the Uncheese Cookbook. The texture is not thick and dense like Tofutti, it's more fluffy, but I think the flavor is spot on.

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On that note - does anyone know of a store bought vegan safe vegan cream cheese frosting? I heard Pillsbury....I am really sick with shingles and need a boyfriend-bday-cake this week!

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I think lot of them are vegan. They are kind of gross and chemical tasting though. I'd use plain Tofutti before I'd use the canned frosting. If you can manage it, whipping it into frosting with some EB and sugar is easy; hardest part is cleaning the mixer.

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 Post subject: Re: So what's your favorite tofu cream cheese recipe?
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Bumping this because a year on I still have yet to find the holy grail of homemade tofu cream cheese. I can get Tofutti but it seems silly to pay $4 for that little tub when I have tons of tofu in the fridge. Suggestions anybody, anybody?


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Have you tried draining plain non dairy yogurt?


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 Post subject: Re: So what's your favorite tofu cream cheese recipe?
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I find the $4 to be a bargain compared to the fortune in tofu wasted trying crappy recipes. I'm sure there must be a good recipe around, but I haven't found it yet, so I'll be happy to follow this topic.

The trick seems to be getting rid of the beany taste without making it sweet. Pretty sure Tofutti manages this by making plastic a hidden secret ingredient.

I can suggest converting crappy cream cheese into acceptable bagel spread by blending in some strawberries and blueberries.

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 Post subject: Re: So what's your favorite tofu cream cheese recipe?
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I find the $4 to be a bargain compared to the fortune in tofu wasted trying crappy recipes. I'm sure there must be a good recipe around, but I haven't found it yet, so I'll be happy to follow this topic.

The trick seems to be getting rid of the beany taste without making it sweet. Pretty sure Tofutti manages this by making plastic a hidden secret ingredient.

No kidding! That's why I'm asking for suggestions instead of just trying random recipes. Somebody must have had a good experience once with making the stuff at home. Maybe.

Regarding beaniness - Have you tried boiling your tofu before blending it up into dips/"cheez"? I find that can greatly reduce the beany flavor. My main beef with homemade cream cheese is that it tends to be too runny and too sweet... I have some xanthan gum, which works well in terms of thickening the stuff, but it always comes out too sweet for me.


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 Post subject: Re: So what's your favorite tofu cream cheese recipe?
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Yes, but it's still beany, and then it gets too watery and it's hard to press boiled tofu. I don't mind in dips etc, just in something mild.

Just a random thought: what would happen if we blended in some ground/powdered almonds?

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 Post subject: Re: So what's your favorite tofu cream cheese recipe?
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I think a tofu + nut combo would actually be really good, but I want to waste almonds/cashews even less than I want to waste tofu, haha. Somebody please come and tell us you've tried this with success!


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 Post subject: Re: So what's your favorite tofu cream cheese recipe?
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I was just thinking that in the right amount it would disguise beany, add subtle sweetness and no actually taste too almondy.

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 Post subject: Re: So what's your favorite tofu cream cheese recipe?
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there's a cashew tofu bagel spread in Vegan Brunch. I really like it. It's not totally all purpose like for cheesecakes, but it's good on bagels!

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 Post subject: Re: So what's your favorite tofu cream cheese recipe?
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the dr. cow cashew cream cheese tastes more like dairy cream cheese than anything else i've tried, so i'd guess that the best results would come from nut-based cheeses rather than tofu-based ones. the cashew cream cheese recipe in Artisan Vegan Cheese looks ridiculously easy--like, almost too good to be true--but i haven't tried it myself. i think there's some discussion of it in the cookbook thread, though.

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 Post subject: Re: So what's your favorite tofu cream cheese recipe?
PostPosted: Fri May 31, 2013 10:16 am 
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ijustdiedinside wrote:
there's a cashew tofu bagel spread in Vegan Brunch. I really like it. It's not totally all purpose like for cheesecakes, but it's good on bagels!

The "garden herb spread"? I decided to give it a try last night because I had most of the necessary ingredients (minus some of the herbs, but I improvised). I agree with what you said exactly - it's a great spread for bagels (and probably other sandwiches), but not all-purpose. It actually doesn't really taste anything like cream cheese to me, but it is nice and savory and creamy. I was looking for something to spread on cucumber tea sandwiches and this fits the bill nicely, but I'm still on the hunt for the ultimate vegan cream cheese recipe. Thanks for the suggestion though. :)

I will definitely give the recipe from Artisan Vegan Cheese a try sometime, though the amount of cashews called for makes it a bit spendy. :/


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 Post subject: Re: So what's your favorite tofu cream cheese recipe?
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I made the AVC cream cheese and my attempt was missing the mark a little bit. (I only made it once and am not willing to write it off; maybe I needed to culture it longer.) However, I separated it into 2 batches and made one with garlic and scallion and the other with roasted red peppers, and both were awesome. I felt content that this was cream cheese I could live with.

However, I made savory versions, so I am still on the lookout for a good plain recipe that could be paired with sweeter bagels and used in desserts.


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 Post subject: Re: So what's your favorite tofu cream cheese recipe?
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I wonder if you could culture blended tofu with a little bit of live yoghurt and save yourself the money on cashew nuts? I don't think there's any reason why not?


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 Post subject: Re: So what's your favorite tofu cream cheese recipe?
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Just curious why you don't like drained yogurt (yocheese)


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 Post subject: Re: So what's your favorite tofu cream cheese recipe?
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The yogurt idea isn't really cream cheese. Sorry guyz.

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 Post subject: Re: So what's your favorite tofu cream cheese recipe?
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IsaChandra wrote:
The yogurt idea isn't really cream cheese. Sorry guyz.

Yep, that's why. Drained yogurt is good eats but cream cheese it ain't!


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the dr. cow cashew cream cheese tastes more like dairy cream cheese than anything else i've tried, so i'd guess that the best results would come from nut-based cheeses rather than tofu-based ones. the cashew cream cheese recipe in Artisan Vegan Cheese looks ridiculously easy--like, almost too good to be true--but i haven't tried it myself. i think there's some discussion of it in the cookbook thread, though.


I have failed at 3 AVC cream cheese attempts ... too good to be true for me.

Will look into the Vegan Brunch recipe!


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 Post subject: Re: So what's your favorite tofu cream cheese recipe?
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For what it's worth... I put out some cucumber tea sandwiches made with the Vegan Brunch spread at my party yesterday, and they were the first thing to disappear. This was a lacto-ovo and omni crowd too, and nobody even asked if it was tofu. Again, not exactly like cream cheese but a really tasty spread!


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 Post subject: Re: So what's your favorite tofu cream cheese recipe?
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Yeah, I think I say in there that it's not trying to be cream cheese. I've had (but never made) the AVC cream cheese and it was pretty delish.

Maybe something could be made with tofu and cashews and coconut oil or something? But I always think that tanginess from lemon tastes more like, um, lemon, than cream cheese. And I haven't found a vinegar that I really love for those purposes. So, in closing, I am no help at all, but I sure do love typing!

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what was that soft chive cheese that Miyoko made at the VVC galarama? Was that the cream cheese? It was amazeballs.

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So, in closing, I am no help at all, but I sure do love typing!


this sums up my entire presence on these boards and the internet in general. i'd sig it if it weren't so on the nose.

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