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Blackberry Tofu Brulée

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I have been out foraging for blackberries quite a few times already this summer and having made jam and cake I wanted to turn my attention to a healthy dessert. Flicking through my The Ultimate Healthy Eating Cookbook (Index) I came across a Berry Tofu Brulée and decided to put my own spin on it including using blackberries and vanilla paste. From the picture in the book I think the food stylist must have used firm tofu (the type you keep in the fridge) which is definitely not what you want to use as instead of a creamy mixture you’ll have one resembling cottage cheese! I recently won a Twitter competition so used a carton of organic Clearspring Firm & Silken Tofu (which was part of my prize) but any firmness of silken tofu would be fine.

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When I made this dessert I knew my husband probably wouldn’t like it as he doesn’t eat fruit with seeds in and I wasn’t sure what the children would make of it either with the tofu element. Well you could have knocked me sideways when I saw 4 empty ramekins on the dinner table! I’d coerced hubby into just trying it by eating around the blackberries but I needn’t have worried as his verdict was “it’s really good”! We ate the brulees after they’d been in the fridge for about 5 hours in which time they’d firmed up more than the picture shows! I will be making these again as they are so quick and easy and I love the crispy sugar topping.

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Whizzing up the tofu, vanilla paste & icing sugar with the Stellar Stick Blende!

I also wanted to put the new Stellar Stick Blender through its paces so used it to blend the tofu, vanilla paste and icing sugar together. I am a huge fan of stick blenders as they are so convenient unlike food processors and I have to say this Stellar one ticks all the boxes as it has a stainless steel shaft which means you can blend hot food. It also has a speed dial which I think would avoid the frequent splatters I make up the wall when blending soups and then there’s a turbo button for when you need that extra burst of power! I like the weight of the blender as it is far lighter at around 730g than many on the market which are nearer the 1kg mark and its ergonomic design makes it easy to hold. I also like the fact that there is a blue ring of light at the top to prevent you from forgetting to switch off and unplug your blender. The only thing I think it could have done with is a beaker for making shakes and smoothies in etc but other than that I think it’s a winner with the feel of quality and a smart design. The Stellar Stick Blender has a typical retail price of £45.
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A low fat, vegan Brulée bursting with luscious blackberries. Totally delicious!
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 300g Silken tofu (I used firm)
  • 50g Icing Sugar
  • ½ tsp Vanilla paste
  • 225g Blackberries
  • 5 tbsp Demerara sugar
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat grill on maximum setting.
  2. In a bowl blend together the drained tofu, vanilla paste and icing sugar until smooth.
  3. Stir in the blackberries.
  4. Divide the mixture between 4 ramekins and top with the Demerara sugar (a good thick covering needed).
  5. Place ramekins under the grill until Demerara sugar bubbles and melts.
  6. Cool and chill in fridge before serving.

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If you’ve never made a dessert using tofu before then you might like to try Tinned Tomatoes’ Sin Free Chocolate Mousse!

I am entering my Blackberry Tofu Brulée into a few blog events:

Cook, Blog, Share run by Supergolden Bakes
Recipe of the Week run by A Mummy Too
Tasty Tuesdays run by Honest Mum
Simple & in Season run by Ren Behan and hosted by Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary

CookBlogSharerecipe-of-the-weekTasty TuesdaysSimple & in SeasonNB: I received the Stellar Stick Blender to review, all opinions are my own and I was not paid.

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  1. Pete

    Different from crumble with apple!

  2. Ann Robinson

    I’ve never used tofu even though i don’t each much me at but it will be worthwhile trying it in this pudding as it makes it a healthier than the normal version

  3. Ann Robinson

    There’s too many good recipes on here and t enougth time to try them all

    1. Camilla

      Aah thank you so much, I’m sure I only have about half a year’s worth if you were to make one a day so it’s do-able LOL:-)

  4. Rachel Walker

    A tofu top sounds like a completely mad, but utterly delicious thing to do – what a wonderful sounding recipe. Definitely going to give it a try next time I’m doing a creme brulee. PS stick blender envy!

    1. Camilla

      It was a surprise hit here:-)

  5. gouldie7

    My thornless bramble is laden with fruit this year, but they are not ripening very quickly….

    1. Camilla

      I’ve never seen a thornless bramble, would have saved me a lot of pain this summer! Hope you fruits ripen soon:-)

  6. Emily @amummytoo

    I’ve used tofu in a few desserts when I was fully dairy-free and it’s lovely, although hard to get the texture right if you cook it, I find. Thanks so much for linking up with #recipeoftheweek. Sorry I was particularly slow getting over for this one. I’ve pinned it to my food board and a tweet will go out shortly :)

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Emily:-) Yes I can imagine it could go a bit lumpy if cooking with it properly, the quick grilling of the sugar topping was very kind to the tofu here:-)

  7. Elizabeth

    Ooh this does sound really rather nice! Thanks for linking up with Simple and in Season :)

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Elizabeth:-)

  8. Maddy

    I had a brulee torch which I had to hide from grandson – never seen it since!

    1. Camilla

      I have wanted one of those torches for years but found that putting the grill on the highest setting worked really well!

  9. GeorgeW78

    Looks fab, I’ve never used tofu like this but I’ll give it a go! It’ll be something new to try with the blackberries I’m planning on foraging soon :)

    1. Camilla

      Thank you:-) This is only my second dish using tofu but make sure you get the correct type if you’re planning on making it:-)

  10. Ursula Hunt

    I have never cooked with Tofu so this will be a first

    1. Camilla

      Well you’re in good company as this is only the second dish I’ve ever made using tofu:-)

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