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.
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.
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.
Blackberry Tofu Brulée
- 300 g Silken tofu I used firm
- 50 g Icing Sugar
- ½ tsp Vanilla paste
- 225 g Blackberries
- 5 tbsp Demerara sugar
- Pre-heat grill on maximum setting.
- In a bowl blend together the drained tofu, vanilla paste and icing sugar until smooth.
- Stir in the blackberries.
- Divide the mixture between 4 ramekins and top with the Demerara sugar (a good thick covering needed).
- Place ramekins under the grill until Demerara sugar bubbles and melts.
- Cool and chill in fridge before serving.
If you’ve never made a dessert using tofu before then you might like to try Tinned Tomatoes’ Sin Free Chocolate Mousse or for something savoury, how about my Warm Rice & Quinoa Salad with Pan Fried Tofu.
NB: I received the Stellar Stick Blender to review, all opinions are my own and I was not paid.