My first attempt at making a raw cheesecake came after I had a slice of Joanna‘s cheesecake. I will never forget it. It was a chocolate orange cheesecake and it was so creamy and chocolaty and the orange flavor so amazing… I thought to myself, I have to try and make this myself. So I asked her what recipe she used and found out it was from Sweet Gratitude Desserts. She later blogged about it and I had the privilege of being one of the few that enjoyed this cake.
Here are some pictures of my chocolate orange cheesecake
It was soooo goood. I couldn’t believe it! It actually came out the way it was suppose to. The TG and TD’s loved it and couldn’t get enough of it. I had a huge hit on my hands and didn’t know what to follow up with.
So my next attempt was more involved than this one. My next cheesecake I picked from Sweet Gratitude: A New World of Raw Desserts by Matthew Rogers and Tiziana Alipo Tamborra’s recipe book, was the Turtle Cheesecake. Yes, you read it correctly. Turtle Cheesecake. There was much more to this than simply soaking some cashews and melting the cacao butter.
Made the pict huge so you could drool all over your screen. For those that may not be familiar with this cheesecake I will give you a description. The crusts consists of cacao with walnuts and dates. The cheesecake is made of cashews, cacao butter, and then you split this mixture into two and add cacao powder to one. Pour the white chocolate mixture over the crust and then you create the marbling affect by pouring the cacao mixture quickly with a downward motion to add the cacao layer with out having it mix together. It was a pretty straight forward technique that is explained in the book. You then wait for the cake to set, I put mine in the freezer over night as I didn’t have time to finish the cake that day.
The next day, I made the caramel sauce which has macadamia nuts and yacon syrup and it really does taste like caramel. I pulsed some pecans with a little sea salt. I finished the cake by sprinkling cacao chips, and pecans over the top and then I spread the caramel sauce this layer. Lastly I drizzled the yacon syrup over the caramel and then used a chop stick to create swirls. And there you have it! Everyone enjoyed this cheesecake!
Raw cheesecakes are really not that hard to make. Once you soak the nuts and melt the cacao it comes together pretty quickly. So, give it a try!
Enjoy the journey and the food you create!
Have fun with your animal friends!