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Baked Vegan Cheesecake with Pretzel Crust

13 Dec

Cheesecake.

Rich, creamy, luscious, thick cheesecake. On top of a salty pretzel crust and drizzled with blueberry sauce.

Baked Vegan Cheesecake

Another one of those recipes that I have never even attempted before going vegan, yet worked out perfectly. I’ve been intrigued with New York style cheesecake for a while now, but most recipes call for a massive amount of eggs to set the texture. Before now, I would have never been able to replicate them. But yet again, VeganEgg to the rescue! Since VeganEgg sets at higher heats, it works perfectly in this custard-style application.

Baked Vegan Cheesecake

This recipe is so ridiculously easy that I’m considering making another cheesecake tomorrow. Two cheesecakes is not a problem, right? Not in this household.

 

Ingredients:

Crust:

  • 2 1/2 cups finely crushed pretzels
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 3/4 cup vegan butter (earth balance or homemade)

Filling:

 

Directions: 

    1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease the sides and bottom of a 9″ spring-form pan lightly. Combine crushed pretzels, sugar, and butter and press firmly into the bottom of the pan. Bake for 10 minutes. Leave oven at 350 F.       Baked Vegan Cheesecake
    2. Beat together cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Add in sour cream, cornstarch, and vanilla extract. Beat again for a minute or two, scraping down the sides of the bowl. Stir together the Veganegg powder and cold water. Mixture will be thick, but pour into the bowl and beat it all together.Baked Vegan Cheesecake
    3. When pan is completely cool, pour in cheesecake mixture. Place the pan in the middle of a large sheet of aluminum foil and wrap the foil up around the sides. Repeat, but wrap up the more exposed side of the pan the second time.            Baked Vegan Cheesecake
    4. Pour about 1 inch of hot water in a large pan (I used a dutch oven.) Place spring-form pan in the middle of the pan and bake uncovered for about 60-70 minutes. Cheesecake is done when the outside looks set and inside is just slightly set (you can poke it to check, it should feel like a thin skin.) Leave in the oven with oven off for another hour after baking.                Baked Vegan Cheesecake
    5. Remove from oven and let cool to room temperature. Refrigerate for 4 hours, or preferably overnight. Don’t bother trying to cut or unmold it before then, it will just be a disasterBaked Vegan Cheesecake

6. Run a thin knife around the edge of the springform pan before unmolding, and use a sharp knife to slice. Top with desired topping-I chose blueberry sauce.

Baked Vegan Cheesecake

Baked Vegan Cheesecake

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9 Responses to “Baked Vegan Cheesecake with Pretzel Crust”

  1. The Lighthearted Kitchen December 13, 2015 at 4:14 pm #

    This looks amazing!

  2. glutenfree vegetarian meal ideas December 13, 2015 at 6:42 pm #

    That’s different very interesting

  3. mkcasey80 December 14, 2015 at 5:18 pm #

    This looks so wonderful!

    Marcey

    • avocadosandales December 14, 2015 at 5:20 pm #

      Thanks so much!! It’s quite possibly my favorite dessert to date.

  4. Larice December 14, 2015 at 6:47 pm #

    Looks and sounds incredible! Loving all your ideas and recipes using the vegan egg, though I have yet to get my hands on some. My non vegan extended family would go nuts for this!

  5. elle December 16, 2015 at 3:08 am #

    Nooo, I want cheesecake now! o_o
    That pretzel crust sounds too perfect.

  6. Dee December 18, 2016 at 6:05 pm #

    Do you think it would work if cocoa or melted chocolate was added to make it a chocolate cheesecake? My daughter has asked me for one for Christmas but I am a little leery of trying to take a regular recipe and veganize it. I do not want to use tofu. I successfully made the WONDERFUL Pumpkin cheesecake recipe from one of the facebook groups using aquafaba. Help me create a chocolate version please… 😀

    • avocadosandales December 18, 2016 at 7:00 pm #

      I think melted chocolate would work fantastic for this recipe! Just be sure to let it cool a bit so it doesn’t seize with the VeganEgg.

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