I feel like the pear fruit is a highly under rated fruit and why I decided to feature it in my recipe for Pear and Apple Strudel
Now let me preface this entire tutorial by saying, I know my recipe for making strudel is not a true Austrian Strudel Dough which gets stretched and pulled across the entire table so thin that you can read a newspaper through it!
You can of course use a pie plate and just go family style with the entire recipe into one dish.
You will see in the video as well as the written instructions that I used a splash of Pinot Grigio (for the adults at my party) into each cobbler; but of course you can leave that out and replace with a splash of apple juice.
I have been told that my cobbler topping is more like a biscuit topping, and yes I will have to agree with that.
There are some folks who make cobbler with a more pourable topping? Like a pancake batter almost? But that to me is more like a clafoutis and not a cobbler.
But this new dessert for Apple Tacos sure can pass for a great prank!
I have to be honest when I took my first bite my mind wanted to taste real tacos, and for a split second I feel like I almost did!
But then came the sweet cinnamon apples and raspberry “tomatoes”. That hefty portion of “guacamole” came through as a burst of Green Tea Ice Cream and oh wow what a combination!
Don’t forget the shredded cheese…. er..umm… I mean~ Shaved Chocolate!!
You seriously do not need much time or ingredients to pull off these whimsical little desserts!
Old El Paso makes the mini tortilla boats and pretty much everything else you probably already have in your pantry! (The link for the tortillas is for a visual, just so you know what to look for, I doubt anyone really wants to buy a case of them from amazon! LOL) I found them in the taco aisle in my local supermarket.
This can easily be made VEGAN simply by using a vegan ice cream and vegan white chocolate.
Prepare a slurry with the other measure of sugar , cornstarch and the second measure of water
Add the slurry to the boiling mixture and whisk continuously while it thickens.
Add the diced apples and turn heat to medium-low, simmer for about 5 - 10 minutes until slightly tender to your liking.
Meanwhile coat the tortilla boats with coconut oil spray (or any spray oil you prefer) then coat them with cinnamon sugar and bake in a preheated 350°F oven for approximately 5-8 minutes or to desired crispness
Cool the apple filling completely before assembling the tacos as shown in the video tutorial!
Tacos can stay at room temperature for several hours without the ice cream of course! Nothing will go bad - the tortillas just may get soggy
All cheesecake ingredients are to be at room temperature before mixing Any crushed cookie will work for the crust if you do not have graham crackers Prepare an 8" X 3" cake pan with pan grease and a parchment paper liner If Spring form pans are your preference that is fine, click here for my thoughts on the spring form pan
Serves: 1-8" Cheesecake
Cream Cheese 3-8oz packages (670g)
Granulated Sugar 1 cup (200g)
Eggs large 5 (250g)
Sour Cream ½ cup (120g)
White Chocolate 8oz (approx 1¼ cup) (224g)
Vanilla Extract 2 teaspoons (10ml)
Godiva Liquor 1 Tablespoon (15ml) *optional
For the Graham Cracker Crust:
Crushed Graham Cracker Crumbs 2½ cups
Granulated Sugar 2 Tablespoons (28g)
Unsalted Butter 8 Tablespoons
For the blueberry topping:
1 Pint Blueberries (fresh or frozen)
1 tablespoon water
0-¼ cup granulated sugar
Prepare the crust by combining the graham cracker crumbs with the sugar and melted butter and work it until it resembles wet sand
Press it into the bottom and sides of the prepare pan then freeze while you prepare the cheesecake batter.
Cream the cream cheese smooth and then add the granulated sugar, mix on low speed until combined
Be sure to always scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl often while mixing this entire recipe to avoid lumps
Combine the eggs with the vanilla and the optional godiva liquor
Add the eggs one at a time to the cream cheese mixture allowing each one to mix in before adding another.
Add the melted white chocolate and mix smooth
Add the sour cream last mix smooth
Pour the batter into the prepared graham cracker crust
There is something about vegan cheesecake that makes me want to always make them into mini size.
I’m not sure what that is, maybe it’s the fact that I can pop 4 or 5 in my mouth throughout the day as a bite sized magical vegan reminder that we do not have to be deprived of all things magical and delicious and more importantly we do not have to harm animals!!
Anyway- I sure do go off on a tangent when it comes to vegan baking!
You will have to pay close attention to certain ingredients here to be sure they are indeed Vegan. White Chocolate has milk solids in it, so you will want to look for a brand that is marked as vegan. Graham crackers for the base of this cheesecake will be vegan unless they have honey ~ so be sure to get the plain variety Granulated sugar is not even vegan since most manufacturers use bone char in the processing. CLICK HERE for a list Of course you will not garnish your cheesecake with whipped cream as the original version does, but there are now substitutes and other options CLICK HERE I use Tofutti Brand for my vegan sour cream & cream cheese, but any bran will do