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Strawberry Togarashi Tofu Cheesecake

A fruity cheesecake with a spicy twist.

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1-1/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
2 tablespoons plus 1 cup granulated sugar, divided
3 tablespoons Togarashi (Asian chili powder), divided
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
2 lbs. firm silken tofu, drained
1-1/4 cups DOLE® Chef-Ready Frozen Strawberry Puree, thawed, divided
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup white balsamic vinegar


  1. Preheat oven to 350F. In a small mixing bowl, stir together cracker crumbs, 2 tablespoons sugar, 1 tablespoon togarashi and melted butter together until well combined.
  2. Press the graham cracker mixture into one even layer in the bottom of a greased 9 inch spring-form pan, and refrigerate for a minimum of 15 minutes to allow butter to set.
  3. Bake 10-12 minutes in preheated oven, until golden brown and set.
  4. Remove from oven and let cool at room temperature in the pan for 25 minutes before handling.
  5. Combine tofu, 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 cup strawberry puree, salt, lemon juice, and vegetable oil in a food processor and process together smooth.
  6. Pour mixture onto cooled crust and bake 25-30 minutes, or until top of cheesecake is slightly browned, but not cracked.
  7. Remove from oven and allow cheesecake to cool at room temperature for a minimum of one hour, before transferring the cake to cool completely in the fridge. (rapid temperature change promotes cracking).
  8. Bring vinegar to simmer in a small sauce pot over medium flame. Whisk in remaining 1/2 cup sugar until dissolved.
  9. Remove from heat and stir in remaining 2 tablespoons togarashi and remaining 3/4 cup strawberry puree.
  10. Transfer to storage container and let cool in the fridge, uncovered for 25 minutes. Once cooled, cover and reserve for later use.
  11. Dip a cake knife in hot water for 15 seconds and wipe clean with towel before each slice of the cheesecake to ensure clean slices.
  12. Serve each slice of cheesecake on a dessert plate and garnish with 2 Tablespoons of the Strawberry Topping and an additional sprinkle of togarashi.
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