Kinds of Tofu
You just need to learn a few simple terms and then you are ready to start cooking. You will see tofu listed in a recipe as firm tofu, silken tofu or soft tofu. If you buy your tofu in the refrigerated section it should list soft, firm, or sometimes silken. Silken is used in Japanese dishes and makes the creamiest filling you could ever want. You can also find silken tofu in shelve stable packages. They last for a year or two, so stock up. Make sure to check the date on the package before you buy it.
The Easiest Mousse
This is my favorite and possibly the most simple of all the desserts I make. If you've ever made a traditional mousse, you will sigh in relief after you make this one. It has the thick, rich, creaminess a regular one does and it takes about 10 minutes start to finish.
Take one carton of silken tofu open it and put it in a food processor or blender. Melt some sweetened dark chocolate (on the stove or in the microwave) and add to the tofu. At this point you can add grated orange peel, almond flavoring, or if it's an adult only dessert - break out the Frangelico. Puree until smooth. You will need to stop and scrape the edges of the bowl with a spatula a few times, but the result is smoother than you can imagine. Divide up into serving dishes or martini glasses and chill.
You can skip the chocolate altogether and add a sweetener of your choice. A liquid like agave nectar, honey, maple syrup, or simple syrup works best. Try adding fresh fruit and herbs. The combinations are truly limitless. Baking Bites has a great recipe for fresh raspberry mousse
The first time I added tofu to a dessert was in a pumpkin pie I took to a Thanksgiving gathering. It was a don't ask don't tell situation. Believe it or not, no one figured out the secret to my fluffy pumpkin filling.
Pies are not all that different than the mousse. If you have a graham cracker crust on hand, make a coconut or chocolate mouse and fill up the shell. Refrigerate for at least an hour before trying to cut.
Many of the recipes below also require no baking, so they are perfect summer treats.
Here are a few more for you to try:
Super Simple Cheese(less) Cake
If you have a little more time, try making a tofu cheesecake. It's more work than a mousse and you have to use the oven for most of them.
Use in Your Own Favorite Recipes
Use 1/4 cup mashed tofu (any style) to replace 1 egg. This can be a lifesaver if you've run out of eggs in the middle of making muffins, cookies, or other baked goods. It's also a nice bridge into adding tofu in already familiar recipes. You'll be amazed at the results.