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Apple-Maple 'Cheesecake'

2 lb firm tofu
2 firm cooking apples
1 such as rome or cortland
2 tb fresh lemon juice
1 tb vegetable oil
2 tb sugar
1/2 c pure maple syrup
1/4 ts salt

1 to 1 1/4 cups graham cracker crumbs; up to
1/2 c walnut pieces; (2 oz.)
2 tb vegetable oil
1/3 c brown rice syrup

Fold clean kitchen towel and place in shallow dish large enough to
hold tofu in single layer. Remove tofu from packages, discarding
liquid, and place on top of towel. Cover with plastic wrap and
refrigerate at least 12 hours and up to 48 hours.

Make crust: Preheat oven to 350F. Coat 8 1/2-inch springform pan
with vegetable cooking spray. In food processor, combine graham
crumbs and walnuts and process until finely ground. Scrape down
mixture, add oil and pulse several times to blend. Add rice syrup
and pulse to blend. Mixture should hold together when pressed.

Transfer crumb mixture to prepared pan, firmly pressing into bottom
and about 1 inch up side of pan. Bake until set, 12 to 15 minutes.
Transfer to wire rack and cool completely. If crust buckles, gently
press back into pan. Wipe out processor bowl.

Peel, quarter and core apples. Thinly slice apple quarters and
transfer to medium bowl. Add 1 tablespoon lemon juice and toss

In large heavy skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Sprinkle
in sugar and cook until melted and beginning to brown, about 4
minutes. Add apple slices and cook until tender and very lightly
golden, 5 to 6 minutes. Remove pan from heat.

Break drained tofu into pieces and place in food processor along
with maple syrup, salt and remaining 1 tablespoon lemon juice.
Process until creamy smooth, 1 to 2 minutes.

Spoon tofu mixture into crust and smooth top, then rap pan once or
twice on counter to remove air pockets. Arrange apple slices in
concentric circles over tofu. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate
overnight until set.

To serve, run knife around edge of pan to loosen "cheesecake."
Remove side of pan and transfer to serving plate. To serve, cut
into wedges.


If desired, sprinkle granola over apple topping for an added crunchy

The topping can be made with pears instead of apples.


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