Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Vegan Cashew and Berry Cake

I noticed this blog needed a splash of colour... ta daaa! So above you have the wrinkly impression of tin foil in what looks like a cheesecake. Below you see where I thought I might just smooth things out, I actually quite like the wrinkled effect, it's got character!
I promise this will be the last vegan post for a while, I know I have been a bit carried away of late. The science behind cooking and baking really does fascinate me so the idea of soaking cashew nuts overnight in water and then blitzing them up in the morning to make cashew cream just astounds me, it really does.
Again, this little cake got mixed reviews at dinner the other night. I'll let you know that it reminded one friend of her berry and coconut shower gel. Hmm, so not to everyone's taste. I, for one (or one of 3) really enjoyed it. I love dates and nuts and berries, so what's not to like?
I think you have to be very open minded when tasting food like this, welcome the new flavour combinations you haven't experienced before. The unprocessed, natural and clean flavours, the very fact it is raw, everything that is good for you, still good for you in it's natural, unaltered state.
I presented this as a 'Vegan Berry Cheesecake' which one friend said was a mistake. You say cheesecake and automatically something in your brain pings and your taste buds awaken, and everyone is expecting cheesecake... and it isn't cheesecake.
The next day I gave a slice to another friend and called it simply a vegan dessert. She loved it. 
The recipe is from the most fabulous blog called My New Roots See here
Sarah explains the health bit behind her recipe, I can only tell you that I will be making this again. 
The only alteration I made was adding a blueberry layer.
I have played tour guide today to a Uni friend visiting London. We have been to Buckingham Palace, walked up the glistening snowy blanketed Mall to Trafalgar; wandered around the Taylor Wessing Portrait Awards at the National Portrait Gallery (a must see); dined in China town; had cream tea in Sketch; popped by all the must see shops/sites before slumping into our chairs at the theatre to see Wicked. I'm zonked and there's so much more to come tomorrow!


thelittleloaf said...

I'm definitely still a bit dubious about the whole vegan thing but this looks amazing! The colours are absolutely stunning and I love the sound of the date base.

ps I saw a recipe for cashew labneh on The First Mess blog which looks amazing - may have to try!

Colly said...

I love the layers in this - a guilt free treat!

The Dame Intl said...

I might try and make this for my birthday in a couple weeks :)

Milli said...

thelittleloaf- got to love a splash of colour! Thanks for the labneh link, I will try it tomorrow as am soaking cashews tonight for a veggie canape job tomo.
colly-I suppose there is something enjoyable about munching away guilt free, another slice please!
The dame intl-I'm all into making my own birthday cake, just how I like it ;)

Jessica Robert said...

Oh! Your cake is so cute! Bravo!

Milli said...

Thank you Mrs Deer. I am so glad you commented as I have just been on your super cool blog. I wish I could speak French to understand more of it!

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