Maybe try it for yourself?
This week Sainsbury's supermarket in the UK has launched its Vegan Cheese range. As soon as I found out they did soft cheese, my brain was whirring with exciting Cheesecake ideas. Then it hit me, why not re-bake my Oreo Cheesecake with vegan cheese? With a little tinkering of the recipe, I was ready. But it had to be musical, and since my original Oreo Cheesecake was based on Let it Go from Frozen, I decided to revisit the movie for inspiration.
700g Oreos* (biscuit only, keep the filling)
100g Vegan butter
100g Vegetable shortening
800g Vegan Soft Cheese (Sainsbury's Deliciously Free From is what I used)
200g Caster Sugar
4 tbsp Plain Flour
1 tbsp cider vinegar
2 tsp vanilla extract
7g/I sachet- Veggie Jelly Powder/Agar powder
Oreo Filling (left over from making your base)
30-50g coconut oil
*Before we begin, there is a chance that Oreos are not vegan as they could be cross contaminated in the factory. If you are concerned, use another biscuit, like a bourbon biscuit, using the filling as the topping in the same way.
Let's start. Turn your oven on to 190ºC and prepare your Oreos. Scoop out the filling and keep to one side. Blitz the biscuits in a food processor till they become crumbs. Add in your butter and shortening and mash with your hands until combined. Mould this into a 23cm cake tin, making sure you go up the sides slightly. Bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes. The Oreo base will sink down towards the middle, so you can keep the shape with baking beans and greaseproof, or re-mould it after. Leave to cool
In a bowl, mix together your vegan cheese, sugar, flour, vinegar and Vanilla. Take your packet of agar powder (7g) and add 100ml of water/vegan cream. Pour into your mix. Crush in a couple of Oreos too. Pour the mixture into your cooled Oreo base, letting it fill up and over the sides. Be sure to smooth it out. Bake in the oven at 190ºC for 30 minutes. Put tinfoil on if you wish to prevent a brown top, but it doesn't matter much as you will be making a topping anyway. Once it is ready, there will be a slight wobble in the middle.
Leave to cool completely, then place in the oven for an hour or two. This will solidify the agar. While this is in the fridge, make your topping by melting the Oreo filling with the coconut oil. Use 30g first, if it isn't runny, then add a bit more. It should be like a thick cream.
Once the cheesecake has solidified completely, pour your topping on. Smooth right to the edge and then decorate with some extra Oreos however you wish!
I will definitely be using Sainsburys Vegan Cheese every time I make a cheesecake now, as it is just as delicious. Though pricey at £1.75 each, but worth it.
See you soon