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Louise Palmer-Masterton, CEO of Stem & Glory, shares ‘tofurkey’ recipe

By Louise Palmer-Masterton

Louise Palmer-Masterton, founder and CEO of Cambridge vegan restaurant Stem & Glory, shares her ‘tofurkey’ recipe, a vegan alternative to turkey this Christmas.




500g Tofu

1 tbsp rice flour

1 tsp salt (more less, according to taste)

1/2 tsp cracked black pepper

1½ tsp garlic powder

1½ tsp onion powder


250g chestnuts

50g fresh chervil

1 tbsp fresh rosemary (1 tsp dried)

½ tsp salt

1/4 tsp cracked black pepper


2 tsp tamari

2 tsp vegetable oil

2 tsp agave syrup



Place all the crust ingredients in the bowl of a food processor and process for about one minute, until everything is well incorporated and looks smooth. You will end up with a slightly wet, soft dough. Transfer to a large bowl, cover and set aside while preparing the filling


Combine the filling ingredients in the bowl of a food processor and process for about one minute, until everything is well incorporated, and set aside.


Combine all above glazing ingredients using a whisk.


Pre-heat oven to 180°C. Once you have the crust and fillings ready you can start assembling the tofurkey. Cut a 12 × 8 inch parchment paper. Transfer all the tofu mixture on the parchment, add same size parchment on top of the of the tofu crust, using the rolling pin, spread the mixture into an even rectangular layer.

Carefully remove the top parchment and place the filling on top of the tofu mixture, leaving about one inch on each side.

Once you have placed the filling it’s time to roll it with the parchment into a large sausage, making sure to press on the edges to enclose the filling. When the filling is fully covered, carefully rub it with wet hands to smooth the top. It’s a little bit like rolling sushi - use the parchment to roll, then remove.

Brush the tofurkey with the glaze. Cover with parchment paper and bake for about 30 minutes. Bake uncovered for another five minutes until the top is golden brown.

Allow to sit for five minutes before slicing. Serve with your favourite roast trimmings and gravy.

[Read more: Stem & Glory founder Louise Palmer-Masterton wins Business Person of the Year at the 2022 National SME Business Awards]

Stem & Glory can be found at 50/60 Station Road, Cambridge. Call 01223 757150 or visit stemandglory.uk/cambridge.

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