Sunday, 16 September 2012

The five minute lemon cream

Sometimes you just need a sweet treat. It might be because you are celebrating or because you have friends over for dinner or just because you want it. There are also times where you don't have time to make something. So instead of buying a highly processed ice cream or dessert enter the "five minute lemon cream". This is a sweet treat that is not only pretty healthy but takes literally five minutes to make. 
I love lemon desserts, lemon pudding, lemon curd tarts and even those (full of sugar) soy lemon creme yogurts you can buy! It is all good. This lemon cream is a bit different. Most lemon cream or curd is based on eggs and milk, where as this version is based on tofu. I know that will be enough to put a lot of people off but I promise if you didn't know you would never guess. 
When using tofu in desserts there is no need to cook it. Some recipes tell you to steam the tofu to soften the "beany" taste but I found that with silken tofu the flavor is very subtle especially when combined with lemon.
So next time you want a quick sweet treat or  a healthier version of a lemon curd for a tart, give this version a try. I promise you wont regret it.

Ingredients  (serves 2 hungry people or 4 if they are mini desserts)

300g packet silken tofu
1/3 cup brown rice syrup
zest and juice of one lemon
pinch of turmeric (optional as it doesn't change the flavor but will make the cream look more yellow)

berries to serve (I used blueberries and blackberries)


Take tofu out of the packet and drain well. Place all ingredients in a blender and mix until well combined.  Pour into small serving containers and place in the fridge for an hour or more to set. If you cant wait you can eat is straight away but it will be runnier.  When ready to eat decorate with berries of your choice. 

A few notes, this lemon cream could be used in place of a traditional lemon curd for making lemon tarts, allow to set overnight if wanting to slice a large tart. The longer you leave the cream the firmer set you will get. 
You could use this idea to make different types of cream, next I want to make raspberry cream tarts. Yum. 

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