Grape season is here and there are more varieties than ever to enjoy. There's the Thomcord (a marriage between a Concord and a Thompson), Green Muscato crisp, firm, richly sweet), Black Muscato (plum-like in flavor), Niabell (earthy and similar to the classic Concord), Red Muscato (sweet and crunchy), and "the toast of the produce aisle" the Champagne Grape (like a lightly sweet, refreshing, and very drinkable wine).
The Whole Soy Cookbook With an adjustment or 2 for the amount of filling I needed for the diminutive pans, and some fresh lemon zest for pizazz, here's the perfect results:
Champagne Grape Tofu Cheesecake
1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
5 Tbsp. Earth Balance soy margarine
1 pkg. (12 oz.) firm silken tofu
1/2 cup organic sugar
8 oz. Tofutti brand Better Than Cream Cheese
1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
1 1/2 Tbsp. lemon zest
1 1/2 cups Melissa's Champagne Grapes (de-clustered)
about 1/3 cup jam (whatever flavor you like)
Preheat your oven to 325 degrees.
To make the crust, process the graham cracker crumbs until finely ground. Add the margarine and pulse until the mixture becomes coarse crumbs. Pat the mixture in a layer about 1/4-1/3" deep on the bottom of each darn-right cute spring form pan. (If you only have an 8" spring form pan then adjust the recipe to 2 cups cracker crumbs and 6 Tbsp. soy margarine.)
To make the filling, blend the tofu in a processor until smooth. Add the sugar, "cream cheese", vanilla, and lemon zest and process again until smooth, scraping down the sides if necessary.
Pour the filling into the pan(s) and bake for 50 minutes until slightly browned. Turn the oven off and leave the cake(s) in the oven for 1 hour. Remove and cool to room temperature. Refrigerate overnight.
Melt the jam in the microwave on in a saucepan until smooth. Let cool slightly then spread on the top of the cakes. Place the champagne grapes on the top of the jam to cover. Chill again for about 1 hour. Serve.
The season's tastiest table grapes are harvested by hand from California's San Joaquin valley and delivered by Melissa's Produce Company to stores all over the country. Be sure to go out and get some, ok?