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When you make a cheese­cake in a pie tin you can­not call it a cheese­cake. It must be called a cheesepie. I’m not mak­ing up the rules here, peo­ple, I’m just say­ing what I learned on the almighty interwebs.

I wasn’t that excited to name a recipe in my cook­book a cheesepie. It’s just doesn’t sound that appe­tiz­ing, to me, at least. But alas, I didn’t want to incite the wrath of the foodie cyber gods. What­ever you call it, this is some good cheese%#*$.

The direc­tions for this pie (as well as a cou­ple of oth­ers in my book) call for a water bath. A water bath is when you have your bak­ing recep­ti­cal (pie tin, spring­form, etc) in a larger pan with sides, filled half way with warm water. If you’ve ever had a cheese­cake that was harder around the exte­rior and cracked in the mid­dle, well, this reme­dies that. The water helps the pie cook more evenly, keeps it softer around the edges and keeps the mid­dle from cracking.

For any­one who hasn’t done a water bath in the past this can sound for­eign and off-putting. It’s SO easy and SO worth it. Take a look at this crazy gadgetry:

waterbath

See, it’s not scary at all. It can be a pain to get into the oven, depend­ing on how tall the sides of your pan are, but oth­er­wise it’s a cinch. A word of advice, how­ever– if you’re using a spring­form pan, wrap the bot­tom and sides with a cou­ple of pieces of tin foil. This keeps any water leak­ing dis­as­ters from hap­pen­ing to your goods.

Here is the recipe for this beauty. It’s not really hard, but it does have a hand­ful of steps that require wait time between each step. And it has a long cool time. I would sug­gest mak­ing this pie the day before you need it so it has time to set up and you don’t feel rushed.

Straw­berry Lemon­ade Cheesepie (from 100 Best Vegan Bak­ing Recipes)

Prep time before bak­ing: 45 min­utes
Skill level: 4 whisks

½ Basic Pie Crust recipe (recipe can be found here)
1– 8 oz. con­tainer vegan cream cheese
½ cup plus 2 tbsp. yogurt (equiv­a­lent to 1– 6 oz. con­tainer)
1 asep­tic con­tainer firm silken tofu (Mori-Nu)
1 cup sugar
1 teas. vanilla
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 teas. lemon zest (*note, if you like a very strong lemony fla­vor, dou­ble the amount of juice and zest)

Straw­berry Top­ping:
¼ cup sugar
1 tbsp. corn­starch
1 1/4 cups straw­ber­ries, fresh or frozen, chopped
¼ cup water

Pre­heat oven to 350. Roll out pie crust and fit to a 9 inch pie dish. Trim edges and crimp. Use pie weights or dried beans on top of parch­ment to weigh down the crust and bake crust for 10 min­utes. Remove from oven and let cool.

Com­bine cream cheese, yogurt, tofu and sugar in a food proces­sor or blender until smooth, scrap­ing down sides as needed. Add vanilla, lemon juice and zest until incor­po­rated. Pour mix­ture into pie crust.

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Place pie dish in a larger cookie sheet with high sides. Add enough warm water to the cookie come up to the mid­dle of the out­side of the pie dish. This is called a water bath and will keep your pie from crack­ing, as well as keep it creamy with­out it get­ting a skin. If water evap­o­rates while bak­ing, add more water as needed, but only hot water so you do not shock your bake ware and risk it cracking.

Bake pie for 1 hour. Cen­ter may not look com­pletely set, but will firm up while cool­ing. Remove from oven and remove from water bath to cool on cool­ing rack.

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While pie is bak­ing, pre­pare straw­berry top­ping. In a saucepan, com­bine sugar and corn­starch. Add straw­ber­ries and water and mix to com­bine. Over medium-high heat bring to a boil, con­tin­u­ously stir­ring. Once it reaches boil­ing, lower to medium. Cook until straw­ber­ries get soft and mix­ture thick­ens, about 5–10 min­utes. Remove from heat. Let top­ping cool com­pletely, occa­sion­ally stir­ring to keep a skin from forming.

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Spread cooled straw­berry top­ping on to cooled cheesepie. Let set in fridge for at least 2 hours before serv­ing. Store left­over pie cov­ered, in fridge.

Yields: 12 slices

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10 Responses to cheeze pah

  1. Virginia says:

    This looks delight­ful! Do you think it would it be pos­si­ble to make this in a tart pan… so you’d end up with cheesepie-tart-bite-size things?

    • Kris says:

      I totally think that would work. Depend­ing on the size of your pan (if it’s wider than 9 inches) it will make the fill­ing less dense, you might need to mon­i­tor the bak­ing a lit­tle more care­fully as it may take less than 1 hour. Yum! I think I’ll make it in my tart pan next time!

  2. aimee says:

    If you put your pan on the oven rack and then pour in the water it’s a lot eas­ier! Thank Martha for that tip!!

  3. Courtney says:

    I have always skipped over recipes requir­ing a water bath because…well, I don’t really know why! You have inspired me to give it a try with this recipe!

    Ques­tion, though–I am not a huge fan of pie crust…all I care about is the fill­ing! Do you think I could make a crust­less one?! Just put the fill­ing in the pie pan and bake away?!

    Thanks!
    Courtney

    • Kris says:

      This pie is so creamy, I don’t think it would work with­out a crust, you’d end up scoop­ing it out. You could eas­ily adapt this pie to a pre­made gra­ham cracker crust, though. In the book, the Kahlua Pie works with­out a crust and you could also make the Pump­kin Cin­na­mon Swirl Cheese­cake with­out a crust.

    • Courtney says:

      Darn! But thanks, Kris, for let­ting me know!

      Court­ney

  4. Vegetation says:

    Mmmmm I want! I want!!!

  5. Con­grat­u­la­tions on your book sign­ing! Your vegan cheese “pah” looks sin­fully sweet and silky smooth. Great idea from Vir­ginia to do these as tart size treats. Sounds like a tea party is in order.

  6. Just fin­ished mak­ing this and left it overnight to set. It tasted DELICIOUS, how­ever, it was more pud­ding like than expected. I thought that it would firm up more than it did, but this morn­ing when I dug into it (yes…for break­fast), I real­ized how the overnight ‘set­ting’ rou­tine may not have mat­tered in regards to the con­sis­tency. It may have also been because I chose to use a gra­ham cracker crust, ver­sus a pie crust. I also reduced the amount of sugar (but only slightly). Even still, the fla­vors were deli­cious, and it was well worth the extra money spent on the vegan cream cheese, and yogurt.

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