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Making a tofu cheese tart

June 9th, 2009 · 21 Comments · tofu

A few weeks ago I was looking for a fun vegetarian recipe and came across this recipe from Kath for tofu cheese pie I’ve had saved for ages. I carefully read her comments about what went wrong in her attempt at this and was convinced I could get it right. After all – it looked sooo good on her blog – I wanted to have a taste for myself 😉 I’m going to spoil the ending – the pie/tart was DELICIOUS! I cut down on some cheese (probably used 3/4 of what Kath used) and used 1/2 whole wheat pastry flour, but it was still incredibly rich and cheesy. It reminded me of a Chicago style deep dish pizza (because they use butter in the dough), which used to be my favorite until a certain drunken night at Uno’s (ha, I forgot how ridiculous we looked that night!) when they definitely served me some microwaved fare. Oh well, I’d rather have my own homemade version anyway :) Here are progress pics!

All the ingredients:

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MAKING THE CRUST

Start with making the tart crust by combining flour with butter. *Make sure the butter is super cold or else your dough will be like mush and you won’t be able to roll it out (I’ve made this mistake once!)*

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Rub in the butter into the flour until it resembles crumbs:

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Add some water:

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Shape into a ball:

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Roll it out!

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Place in a tart or pie pan – I had to patch up a few holes during the transferring process but it still worked out :)

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And bake (I used some pie weights so it wouldn’t puff up):

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MAKING THE FILLING

Blend some tofu, milk and spices:

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Add the cheese (I used a blend of 3 different reduced fat cheeses, including TJ’s reduced fat mozzarella which is super low in fat!):

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Ok, so this is where the tart became not vegetarian. I threw some ham chunks in at the last moment. The ham added a very nice flavor and texture, but you can certainly keep it vegetarian with your favorite veggies – it will still be delicious! I promise :) Sautee your veggies (and ham – optional):

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Add them to the tofu mixture:

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COMBINE

Now top the crust with the filling:

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Add some more cheese (mmm, cheese 😀 ) and bake!

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Post baking – resting/cooling:

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The whole tart (using my ingredients) was 1703 calories – divide to your liking.

And here is my plate with a slice of the tart. Did I mention it was delicious?!! :mrgreen:

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Great the next day too!

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Make this!! 😀

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