Pumpkin Tofu Cheesecake (dairy free, vegan)
Submitted by: Bethany Townsend
Story behind this Recipe:
This recipe was taken from Sarah Kramer's La Dolce Vegan, and it's one of my favorites. If you don't tell people it's made from tofu, they usually can't tell the difference.
Ingredients:
14 oz firm tofu
12 oz silken tofu
1.25 cups sugar
1 cup unsweetened pumpkin puree
Flour
1 tsp vanilla extract
Maple extract
1 tsp ground cinnamon
Salt
Ground ginger
Ground cloves
6-10 pecan halves
1 tbsp maple syrup

Crust:
1.5 cups gingersnap cookies
Finely ground pecans
Sugar
Oil
Prep Time: Overnight
Cooking Time: 75 min
Units: US
Serves: 10
Cooking Instructions:
Preheat oven to 300°F. Lightly oil a 9-inch spring pan and set aside. In a food processor, blend the cookies, pecans, sugar, and oil. Press firmly into the bottom of prepared pan and set aside. In a food processor, process the tofu, sugar, pumpkin, flour, vanilla, maple extract, cinnamon, salt, ginger, and cloves until completely smooth. Pour evenly into pan. Place pecan halves decoratively on top of cake and bake for 75 minutes. Remove from oven and place on a cooling rack; allow to cool completely. Spoon maple syrup over top of cake, cover, and refrigerate overnight. Makes 1 cake.