Strawberry Cream Cheese Tart
1 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 Tbs. vegan sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
6 oz. vegan stick margarine, chilled
6 Tbs. fresh orange juice (from fresh oranges, if possible)
2 pkgs. Tofutti cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 cup vegan sugar
1 Tbs. freshly grated orange rind
12 - 14 strawberries, thinly sliced lengthwise
3 Tbs. strawberry preserves
1 tsp. fresh lemon juice (from a fresh lemon, if possible)
In a food processor with the pastry blade, put in the flour, sugar and salt. Process for a few seconds to mix. Cut up the margarine into chunks, and add those to the dry mix. Process again, until you get a grainy consistency. With the machine running, pour the orange juice through the feeder hole. Your dough should clump together into a sort of ball in about a minute. Take this ball out, shape into a disc, wrap in wax paper, and chill for ten minutes. (Alternately, you can use a pastry cutter or fork, if you don't have a food processor.) Take dough out of fridge and place between two large squares of wax paper. Roll dough out to a circle about thirteen or so inches in diameter, large enough to cover your spring-form tart pan and sides. Note: My pan is 11.5 inches; if yours is smaller you can adjust your circle and even your dough amount, if you wish. Take top sheet of wax paper off dough, and gently flip the dough over your pan. Press down to cover the bottom and sides completely. If you have bare patches, and you have extra dough in other areas, take the extra dough to cover the patches. Anything else that is extra, you can fold down into the pan, or take a sharp knife and trim the top of the pan to remove excess dough. Prick the bottom of the crust several times with a fork. Chill for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line the crust with wax paper, and layer a pound of dried beans on it, making sure the entire bottom is covered. Bake for eight minutes. Take out the tart from the oven. Remove the beans into a container for future use, and remove the wax paper as well. Bake crust for another eight minutes. Place on cooling rack to cool completely.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl, cream together the cream cheese, sugar and orange rind, until well combined, about two minutes on low to medium speed. Pour the mixture into the cooled crust. Bake for 40 minutes. Cool completely on cooling rack. When crust is cool, release the sides of the tart pan, and place tart on serving dish. Layer your strawberry slices on the crust in a circular pattern, starting from the outside and working your way in. With any extra slices you may have at the end, fill in any gaps you see. You want the top of the tart to be screaming strawberries!
Heat the strawberry preserves and lemon juice in a small pan over medium low heat, until well-mixed and runny. You can strain this through a mesh sieve to leave out any lemon bits. With a basting brush, paint the glaze all over the strawberries. Chill for at least one hour before serving. So good, and it feeds five hungry vegans for a couple of desserts!