Vegan Classic Cheesecake

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Ingredients:

cooking spray

18 sheets graham crackers (2 sleeves)

3 tbsp sugar

3 tbsp vegan margarine

1 ½ lb(s) extra-firm silken tofu, strained (filling)

1 lb(s) vegan cream cheese (filling)

1 ½ cups sugar (filling)

1 tbsp cornstarch (filling)

1 tbsp pure vanilla extract (filling)

1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice + 1 tbsp finely grated lemon zest (about 2 lemons) (filling)

1 tbsp freshly squeezed orange juice + 1 tbsp finely grated orange zest (about 1 orange) (filling)

2 cups fresh raspberries (topping)

Directions:

1. Position an oven rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 350ºF. Spray a 9-inch springform pan with cooking spray. Add the graham crackers and sugar to the bowl of a food processor and process until fine crumbs form (you should have about 1 1/2 cups).

2. Add the margarine and 2 tablespoons water to a measuring cup and melt in the microwave; add to the crumbs and blend until the mixture looks like wet sand. Pour the crumb mixture into the prepared pan; press it evenly into the bottom and use a measuring cup to smooth it evenly about 2 inches up the side. Bake until golden brown, about 15 minutes. Cool completely on a rack.

3. Add the tofu to the cleaned bowl of the food processor and process until smooth and very fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add the vegan cream cheese, sugar, cornstarch, vanilla, lemon juice and zest and orange juice and zest and process again until smooth and combined, 2 minutes more. Pour onto the cooled crust.

4. Bake the cheesecake until the outside is set but the center is still a bit loose, about 1 hour. Turn off the oven and leave the cake in for 30 minutes more. Remove the cake from the oven and let it cool completely on a rack; cover and refrigerate overnight. About 30 minutes prior to serving, remove the cake from the refrigerator (if it weeps overnight, gently dab the top with a clean paper towel). Remove the springform ring, top the cheesecake with fresh raspberries and serve.

Bon Appetit!

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