Tofu Cheesecake with Strawberry Compote in a Jar

Couple of nights ago, I posted a photo on facebook and had many of you guessing what I was making.

Does this make you curious?
Does this make you curious?

There were a lot of guesses from ice cream, yoghurt, Tau fu fa, to Panna Cotta with Peanut Butter Brittle (hahaha this is really not quite as fancy as that) and even Tapai (fermented rice, as google says). But the expert baker Wendy guessed it correctly as soon as she arrived on that particular thread. That’s right, I was making cheesecakes in jars! I got the idea from the days of surfing Pinterest (sad to say I’ve abandoned it for a while, got a bit too busy), and there are so many things you can make in a jar! Salads, particularly, piqued my interest too. Though looking through my food album I realised I haven’t made a dessert for quite a while. So here it is!

Cheesecakes in Jars
Cheesecakes in Jars

These are no ordinary cheesecakes, by the way, as you know I’m always looking for healthier option when it comes to my cooking. A while ago I came across a recipe for Tofu Cheesecake, courtesy of the YouTube food sensation cookingwithdog (go have a look, I’m sure you’ll get hooked too) and decided I had to try it. Instead of keeping it plain, I went with some strawberry compote for garnish, and I think they look quite beautiful, what do you think?

I love the vibrant red for the contrast.
I love the vibrant red for the contrast.

So there you go, this isn’t my original creation but it is indeed my own interpretation of a healthy(ish) dessert.

Tofu Cheesecake with Strawberry Compote in Jars (makes 6 or 5 very generous portions)
Biscuit Base:
100g Marie Biscuits (you can choose to use more if you prefer more base) I also happened to use the Chocolate flavour ones, which matches the strawberry compote.
70g Butter, melted

250g Philadelphia Cream Cheese (you can use light cream cheese if you wish)
200g Soft Tofu (pressed with a heavy dish on top to get rid of excess water)
100ml Thickened cream (more if needed)
1/4 Cup Caster Sugar
1 squeeze of Lemon Juice
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1 packet of gelatine (enough amount to firm up 500ml water, so check your packet’s instructions)

Strawberry Compote:
1 punnet of Stawberries (saving a few for ganish)
1/4 cup Sugar
General squeeze of Lemon

To make the the biscuit base, crush the biscuit in a ziplock bag by hand initially, then with a rolling pin. Add melted butter and shake to combine.

To make the filling, add everything into a blender, pulse initially, then blend well. You might need a bit more cream if your mixture is too thick. You want it to be slightly runny.

Sprinkle gelatine in a bowl of hot water and mix with a fork until dissolved and add into the blender. Blend for another 10-20 seconds until combined.

To assemble, spoon the biscuit mixture into jars, and lightly press with the spoon (or if you have long fingers, then by hand), pour the mixture equally into jars. Lightly tap out the air bubbles and flatten the top. Then chill in fridge for at least 4 hours or overnight.

To make the strawberry compote, simply boil everything in a saucepan until the mixture is syrupy and strawberries are soft. Set aside and let cool before using. You can either pour it on top of the cheesecake after a few hours, or just pour in before serving.

A jar of cheesecake for you?
A jar of cheesecake for you?

Does the fact that it contains tofu confuse you? Well, if you are well-versed to tau fu fa, you will be able to accept this cheesecake easily. It’s definitely lighter (in taste) than ordinary cheesecake, but the texture remains the same. You’ll be able to taste the cream cheese, though with a very mild soy aftertaste. Frank is not a big fan of Tofu but he was really surprised how good this tasted.

As for me, I absolutely love the combination with the strawberries and the biscuit base. Think I’ll be trying different flavour profile next time, and perhaps add my favourite cheesecake ingredient: Rose water. You can definitely use different garnishes like blueberries, mango, passionfruit, the possibilities are endless.

So, would you be game enough to try this? I dare you!

22 Comments Add yours

  1. Ken says:

    wow, awesome recipe, great idea for small private parties too, thanks for sharing 🙂

    1. kellysiew says:

      Hope you’ll give this a try then!

  2. Clarisse says:

    MMMh really delicious!! All I like, chessecake, strawberries and vanilla…!!! I think your desert can be also just a collation, what do you think about that?

  3. Choi Yen says:

    I never have any tofu cheese cake before, I think the cake doesn’t have any tofu taste, isn’t it?

    1. kellysiew says:

      Well tofu has a very mild taste to begin with. There is a mild soy aftertaste but still taste quite cheesy.

  4. very nice presentation! even without actually knowing what it is, i already wanna taste it! 😀

    1. kellysiew says:

      So knowing that there’s tofu in it you would still try? 😀

  5. Peach says:

    YAY! Thanks for the recipe! 😀 I love no bake cheesecake! Looks gorgeous Kelly 🙂

    1. kellysiew says:

      Glad you like it! I’m savouring one as a type and it’s really delicious. You can definitely go creative and create your own version too.

  6. I’ve been hesitating to try tofu cheesecake, but yours look so yummy in the jar.. Prefect for portion control 🙂 I’m more convinced now to try

    1. kellysiew says:

      To be honest I can’t even finish one jar on my own. I’m not a big dessert person but this is quite light si it’s delightful to eat.

  7. Esther says:

    Kelly, this looks really good!! I cant wait to try this soon, been meaning to make a tofu cheesecake for ages.

    1. kellysiew says:

      Ooh! The reason I didn’t try for so long was because I didn’t have a springform pan, with the jars it’s easy, fuss free (like your blog title) and tastes good anyway.

  8. Wa tofu in cheesecake! In a jar! An innovative cheesecake in more ways than one..hehe. is it hard to eat out of a jar though?

    1. kellysiew says:

      Hahahaha yeah going a little extreme here. A teaspoon (a tablespoon even) can go in easily so not hard at all to eat!

  9. Pureglutton says:

    I’m not a big fan of cheesecakes but this seems like a good thing to make as gifts for cheesecake lovers! Btw, nice meeting you yesterday 🙂

    1. kellysiew says:

      I do not crave for cheesecake ever because I dislike rich desserts, these are lighter though so my stomach could take it. Indeed they are lovely as gifts. Nice meeting you too finally. 🙂

  10. suituapui says:

    Sold outside? I seem to have seen it somewhere. Sure would like to give it a try.

    1. kellysiew says:

      I made this la. Yeah I’m pretty sure there are places that sell jar cheesecake as it is quite the in thing now.

  11. KY says:

    the real question is, why aren’t these jars at my house?

    1. kellysiew says:

      Hehehe would you buy one for RM15? 😛

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