Luscious Limey “Cheese” cake (p.217)

imageA “cheese”cake without cheese… Got your attention ! PLUS no cooking !

A dairy free, creamy, citrusy and delicious cake without all the unhealthy sugars and fat of the classic cheesecake. Today is an almost all vegan day at the firestation. Once a month our shift has us at the house for an entire day (24 hours): breakfast-lunch-dinner.

As you know by now, I am the designated cook for my team. This sunday they wanted CHILI for lunch. Not a problem ! Smokey Tempeh Chili (p. 112).  Chili is always a favorite, simple and easy to make. Tempeh was NEW to everyone ! Everyone loved it. Doubled the recipe and that was enough for 9 guys and 1 girl (that’s me!). The spices were perfect. No one felt bloated or missed the meat. Added some Basmati rice and lunch was served!          (Long grain brown rice would have been the best but you use what you have!)

Discovery: The crust for the “cheese” cake… I used pecans. It is surprising how the cashews creamed up and made a delicious filling. Of course, I licked the spoon !

Difficulty / Solution :

  • Tempeh was frozen when I purchased it. It had not completely thawed, so I chopped it up into little cubes because crumbling was out of the question.
  • Blender unavailable, did it all in the small size food processor, slowly blending ingredients together. Turned out nice, not perfectly smoothe but nice !
  • It cost  $$ was no more than the traditional cake ,

You might notice that the springform pan is not perfectly round. It happens in a fire station. But it worked out and that is what matters! 2 fellows wanted the recipe, now that is a nice compliment for me and for KarmaChow.

9 guys and 1 girl enjoyed the food all day! The cake and chili recipes will be repeated!

I call this a great success !

Happy cooking!

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