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tempeh tiramisu

My second entry for the tempeh contest at the Vegan Inventive Chef Community on LiveJournal.

Slabs of tempeh just beg to be layered. They also beg to be marinated. So, let’s give them what they want. And a little something for us too. How about a tiramisu?! ;)

Per usual, this recipe is for a single serving. (‘Tis just me.)

2 ounces (1/4 typical package) tempeh
1/4 cup vanilla soy “yochee” [1]
1/2 shot chocolate liquor [2]
1 cup of strong coffee or espresso
0 – 1 Tablespoon maple syrup
1 teaspoon cocoa powder

[1] – “Yochee” or yogurt cheese is just yogurt that has been drained overnight to give it a cream cheese consistency. Here, I used a vanilla soy yogurt. For a 1/4 cup you probably need at least a 1/2 cup of yogurt before straining. I use this one from Donvier.

[2] – Rum or kahlua would also work well. Experiment. Have fun.

To prepare the tempeh, carefully slice it in half horizontally and marinate overnight in the strong coffee. The next day, place the tempeh and coffee in a glass baking dish and cook at 350 Fahrenheit for 20 minutes. Remove from coffee and allow to cool.

While the tempeh is cooling, mix the 1/4 cup vanilla soy yochee with the liquor and sweetener, if desired, to make the cream filling. To construct the dessert, place one half the tempeh on a dish as the base. Spread half the cream mixture over top and repeat with the other tempeh half and remaining cream mixture. Now the hard part; refrigerate for at least four hours. Just before serving, dust with cocoa.

4 Responses to “tempeh tiramisu”

  1. J says:

    Wow, what an odd combination. At first I was quite bewildered (and a little grossed out I must admit), but after reading through the recipe I can’t wait to make one of my own! Great creativity!

  2. I truly honestly wish I had half of your creativity in recipe creations!
    I am afraid of anything never tried before, given the too many big failures, and I am totally in awe at how brave you can be! And the result is always amazing!

  3. melody says:

    You blow my mind… wow..

  4. urban vegan says:

    that is an intriguing juxtaposition.

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