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Roasted Rhubarb Shortcake

29/04/2016 | By

The weekend is coming up, so it must be time to bake. You can whip up my Roasted Rhubarb Shortcake in no time – but I’ll be busy at Tasting Australia!

recipe for roasted rhubarb shortcake

Things are hotting up here in Adelaide as it’s only three sleeps until our fabulous food festival, Tasting Australia, kicks off.

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Raspberry & White Chocolate Trifle

30/11/2015 | By

An extravagant & indulgent Christmas dessert, this Raspberry & White Chocolate Trifle is a tribute to four very special women.

raspberry and white chocolate trifle

Well look at me – getting all organised, just like a real food blogger, with another Christmas recipe up and ready to go. And it’s not even December yet!

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Super Speedy Avocado Mousse Recipe

27/02/2015 | By

Super Speedy Avocado Mousse

I really need to get a grip on myself when I do the shopping. I’m often guilty of breaking that golden rule and doing the food shopping when hungry, but if there’s no food in the house that’s when I need to do the shopping. Obviously.

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Pistachio & Rosewater Roasted Peaches

16/01/2015 | By

Pistachio Rosewater Roasted Peaches

Pistachio Rosewater Roasted Peaches

January is one of the hottest months of the year here in Adelaide. It’s usually around this time of the year that I’m to be found recumbent in a darkened room, under the gently swishing ceiling fan, whining about the heat and languidly waving away any requests from the ravenous family for me to attend kitchen duties.

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Orange Tres Leches Cake

22/11/2013 | By

tres leches cake

Like many good recipes, the origins of Tres Leches Cake are shrouded in mystery. The name literally translates to “three milks cake” and that is basically what it is – either a light sponge or a butter cake soaked in a blend of condensed milk, evaporated milk and whole milk. It is very popular in South America with some claims that it originated in Nicaragua, others that it was a Mexican invention and yet others that say it was developed by a canned milk company who printed the recipe on their labels. While the latter claim is true, doubt surrounds the timing of the labels and their appearance in relation to the appearance of the cake.

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Cookbook review & a Lime Tart from Divine Vegan Desserts

19/03/2013 | By

Wickedly indulgent, creamy, melt-in-your-mouth, decadent – these are not words that I usually associate with vegan food.  The words wholesome, nutritious and healthy are more likely to spring to my mind in association with this particular dietary regime – and don’t the latter descriptors actually preclude the former?  Read on, dear friend, because I might just have been wrong!   To be perfectly honest, I have always found the concept of veganism (or any restrictive form of diet) a little confronting – cutting myself off from entire food groups is not something that this greedy girl could ever contemplate.  So when a copy of Wakefield PressDivine Vegan Desserts” found it’s way into my inbox for reviewing I was a little unsure how to approach it.

Well, it turned out that was simple.  It seems that finishing off a meal with a sweet treat is not out of the reach of those who are endeavouring to make a switch to a healthier lifestyle (and even those who aren’t) and after a quick flick through these lavishly illustrated recipes I was making a list of what I would make first!  Many will be relieved to know that vegans don’t proscribe chocolate and the recipes, all dairy and egg-free, with many gluten free, low sugar and nut-free choices, are enough to lift the spirits of any dessert-lover and go a long way towards redeeming the reputation of the dessert course.

Apparently, most vegan recipe books are from overseas and contain ingredients which can be difficult to source here in Australia.  Author Lisa Fabry avoids the use of these and explains clearly and simply how to make brilliant dairy free desserts with ingredients many of us will already have on hand – or at least be able to source easily.  Fabry originates from London, but now lives in Adelaide indulging her two great passions – food and yoga. She shares her own dishes, plus a selection of vegan desserts being created by chefs in cafes, restaurants and cooking classes from around the world.

The book begins with a guide to the key ingredients in vegan baking, some baking tips and how to substitute natural colours for artificial in your cooking.  It is divided up into chapters covering baking, tarts, pies, puddings, fruit dishes, ice creams and sorbets, custards and creamy desserts and small treats, with each dish beautifully photographed.  The range of desserts is extensive and covers everything from wickedly indulgent Double Fudge Pecan Brownies, to decadent melt-in-your-mouth Banoffi Tarts and a traditional creamy, custardy trifle.  I challenge anyone to resist these dishes – they look, er, divine!

I road tested a couple of the recipes – the Las Vegan Sour Cherry Muffins and (in a diversion from my usually predictable preference for chocolate) the refreshing Lime Tart.  The muffins rose perfectly and were deliciously moist and sticky, without being too sweet, but the Lime Tart was the absolute winner.  It was so quick to make, with at-hand ingredients and has a delicious zesty zing to it.  I’d happily serve it to anyone as a dinner party dessert – even those who are cynical of raw foods.  This would certainly change their minds.

I can’t say this book would convert me – I still find veganism far too restrictive and just a little confusing – but it certainly is proof that a vegan diet can have plenty of indulgence in it.  Divine Vegan Desserts is perfect for those who are interested in pursuing a healthier diet, but reluctant to give up on their sweet tooth.

Lime Tart
 
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A gorgeous, summery, zesty, dessert tart that comes together quickly and will please everyone.
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Recipe type: Dessert, vegan, raw
Ingredients
  • Base
  • 1 cup (140 gms) brazil nuts
  • ½ cup (50 gms) dessicated coconut
  • ⅓ cup (70 gms) medjool dates, chopped
  • Filling
  • ⅔ cup (90 gms) raw cashews, soaked for 1-2 hours
  • 1 medium avocado (about 120gm flesh)
  • pinch of salt
  • seeds of 1 vanilla bean
  • ⅓ cup (80 mls) agave nectar
  • 1 tsp lime zest, plus extra for garnish
  • ⅔ cup (160 mls) lime juice or lime/lemon combined
  • ⅓ cup (80 mls) coconut oil
Instructions
  1. Grease 4 individual tartlet pans or one 23 cm fluted pan.
  2. For the base, place all ingredients in the food processor and blend until you can pinch the mixture together and it sticks. Press firmly into the pan and refridgerate for at least one hour.
  3. For the filling blend all the ingredients, except the lime juice and coconut oil, in a food processor until very smooth and creamy.
  4. Melt the coconut oil.
  5. Gradually pour the lime juice and then the coconut oil into the processor while the motor is still running.
  6. Pour over the crust and refridgerate for at least 3 hours, or place in the freezer for 1 hour.

 

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