Week 40’s challenge is pie. I debated whether or not cheesecake is pie and decided that yes it is. I figure a pie is any baked good with a crust and filling therefore cheesecake counts. I found this recipe in a book called Vegan Pie in the Sky, so that’s Exhibit A. This is the second vegan cheesecake I’ve made from this cookbook, the other being this pumpkin cheesecake.
Here are the nice things I have to say about this recipe. The graham cracker crust is stellar. I also give the recipe kudos for staying together really well, as this can be a problem with vegan versions of foods that normally call for a few eggs. Unfortunately, one of the awesomely effective binders in this recipe is banana and I gotta say that causes the whole cheesecake to taste like banana to me. I taste the banana more than the chocolate or coffee flavors and I don’t think it’s supposed to overpower everything else. It’s not bad, and in fact the taste grew on me as I was eating it, but it makes this more like a chocolatey banana pie with hints of coffee instead of a cheesecake. I’d make the pumpkin one again but probably not this one. Like I said, it wasn’t bad, just not what I was hoping for. I got some use out of my springform pan and some marbleization practice so overall a win anyway!
You can kinda see the marbleization on the top. It was a lot more apparent and pretty before baking.
I’m looking forward to this week’s challenge: pumpkin. Yes!