My people go vegan for Lent, so in honour of that, and so that I can actually eat one of the pies I've made this week, I present the Vegan Pear and "Cheese" Tart!
1-2 ripe pears
1/2 tub Tofutti (better than) cream cheese
8 oz. firm tofu
2 tsp lemon juice
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 tblsp apricot jam
1 tblsp brown sugar
1/2 package Pepperidge Farm puff pastry sheets
8 inch springform pan
Step 1: Pseudo-Cheese and Pear-Slicing
Preheat oven to 400o F.
Using a wisk or mixer, combine tofu and faux cream cheese. Once smooth(-ish), add sugar, lemon juice, salt, and a splash of water (no more than a tablespoon). Mix until consistent. Pour into a baking dish.
Bake at 400o F for 30-35 minutes, then remove from oven. Set aside.
While baking, halve, core, and slice the pears, making the pieces as thin as possible. You'll want to leave the skins on.