Silken Tofu, Black Sesame and Caramelized Onion "cheese cake"

 Silken Tofu, Black sesame and caramelized onion savory
Yesterday I received this message on my FB page: "oh wise one, can you recommend any good recipe for silken tofu? accidentally came home with it the other week (instead of the firm stuff) and its getting close to expiry date...."

Pretty moved by the "wise one" :-)  I gave my friend the idea of making Tofu savory "Cheese Cakes" but I had no idea if they were going to work.  (I still prefer the real deal but for using tofu leftovers is very good).

Tried the idea today and it was pretty pretty good so now I am sharing it with you!  Thanks Tee Ank and Stefan for making me create something new.

What will give the flavor to the Tofu will be the onions so make sure you got a generous portion of it on the top!

By the way, I loved the game... bring on your challenge ingredient and I will try to transform it in something awesome :-)))


Silken Tofu, Black sesame and Caramelized onion "cheese cake"
Serves: two as a main, 4 as an entree   Cost:$ | Difficulty:  Easy | Time: 40min
Author: Rachel Elich

  • 300g Silken Tofu
  • 1 egg
  • ½ teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon black sesame seeds plus some for garnishing
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt or to taste
  • 2 large slices sour dough bread cubed
  • 2 large red onions finely sliced
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter plus some for greasing
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Flour
  • 50ml water
  • Chives to garnish
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180C
  2. Put the bread cubes in a tray, and but in the oven
  3. Toast the bread until crispy
  4. While he bread is toasting heat the butter over medium heat in a large skillet. Stir in the onions, a pinch of salt, and the brown sugar and fry it until caramelized, stirring from time to time.
  5. While you caramelize the onion, blend in a food processor or blender the tofu, the egg, with the salt and pepper until the mixture is smooth. Stir in the black sesame seeds.
  6. Remove the toasted bread from the oven.
  7. Grease cupcake tins with butter, cover the bottom of 6 cupcakes with bread and press the bread with your finger to crush it a bit.
  8. Pour two tablespoons of the tofu mixture on each of the prepared cupcake tins
  9. Sprinkle Black sesame seeds on the top of each “cheese cake”
  10. Put in the oven and bake it for about 30 minutes – it will be slightly golden and puff
  11. Remove from the oven and let it cool down for 5 minutes.
  12. At this point the onion should be caramelized, stir in the flour in the onions, fry for a minute, add the water, fry for a couple of minutes. You will end up with moist caramelized onion in thick sauce.
  13. Roll a knife around tin to loosen up and remove it from the tin with a help of a spoon – careful not to break.
  14. Put in the dish you are going to serve, divide the onion among the cheese cakes and decorate with chives.

The Untamed Cook

Rachel Elich is a globetrotting, computer engineer, project manager, designer, untamed cook extraordinaire who backpacks around the world. Along the way on adventures, Rachel has adopted and incorporated international influences into all aspects of her creative work endeavours.

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