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Fran Costigan - Open Office Hours

This event was on Tuesday, September 13, 2022 at 11:00 am Pacific, 2:00 pm Eastern

Join Chef Fran Costigan in her virtual office as she welcomes all of your questions. This event was created for you and we encourage you to ask anything – from cooking techniques to … Read More.



What is your favorite vegan cream cheese?

— Nancy Travis


There are so many cream cheese today. It's unbelievable, honestly, so I when Nancy's refer and there were so many more even new ones for me that I saw at the plant-based World Expo last week. The TJ's cream cheese should have worked. What I Nancy's talking about some of you may have seen what's called a black bottom cupcake. It's a naturally Vegan cupcake and then you make a cream cheese filling there's an egg in it. and some chocolate chips, usually and I veganized it in my for my cookbook vegan chocolate and it's really nice recipe, but one day I got curious and I Made the cream cheese filling three different ways the way it's written in the book is with a Chia gel to replace the egg. The second batch that I did and of course, I when I'm testing I scaled the recipe down by half and I had my tasters lined up with specific questions and the second batch was done with the commercially a commercial egg replacer prepared as directed and I believe I used Bob's Red Mill and the third room was with aqua fava and they all behave differently very differently. As a matter of fact, they were all good. They were just different. I preferred the original one from my book with the Chia gel. So, you know, I have I don't know why it didn't work or in what way you mean it doesn't work. But I think that the TJ's Trader Joe's cream cheese and tofoodie are probably the closest so maybe you want to try kite Hill or miyoko's or any of the others.
Fran Costigan

Fran Costigan

Director of Vegan Pastry