June 5, 2015

Cooling Desserts for Lingering Evenings

June is here. Firefly season in Vermont. Lupines blooming blue next to ox-eye daisies.
The angelica, black cohosh and feverfew plants tower over the garden, delighted to be its protectors.
Last fall's potatoes are sprouting: it's time to plant them.
The soil is warm enough for winter squash seeds to sprout and peas are almost a foot tall.

At our homestead on Sparrow Farm Road, this is the time we await with delight. 
Whatever summer looks like for you, soak in it.
Sit with the evening and let yourself become absorbed in the pink light as it slowly gives way stars.

Find local raspberries ans strawberries to make an amazing topping for this vegan cheesecake.

Hawai'i Inspiration: Vegan Cheesecake

Recipe by Ani Phyo - courtesy of Alessandra Jann-Jordan

For the crust:
1 1/2 cups macadamia nuts (or almonds)
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup pitted dates
1/4 shredded coconut

Chop nuts and dates into small pieces.
Sprinkle with salt and cinnamon. Mix well.
'Flour' bottom of 9 inch spring form pan with shredded coconut. 
Press crust evenly on bottom.

For the filling:
3 cups cashews
3/4 cup lemon juice
1/2 cup honey (or pitted dates)
3/4 cup coconut oil
1 vanilla bean (or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract)
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
Water as needed

Place all ingredients in a food processor and blend into a smooth cream.
Add water as needed to make a smooth, thick batter - like pancake batter.

Smooth into pan and place into freezer until firm - about 12 hours. 
Before serving, defrost on a plate 1/2 hour.

Top with fresh, chopped raspberries and strawberries.

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