After a short break in London, we’re back on the road. We’re heading to Croatia, but had a little detour to Slovenia. It’s a beautiful country, loads of forest and wild nature. On Saturday we went to Ljubljana, the capital and found an amazing market. Loads of organic veg stalls, plus we got organic raw milk, raw butter, raw sour cream and raw cheese.
I love cheesecake, and it is actually very easy to make raw cheesecake, assuming you can get some good raw cheese to start with. We got some soft plain curd cheese, it needs to be fairly plain to make into cheesecake.
I didn’t measure the ingredients, but I think this is a recipe where it is hard to go wrong.
a few cacao beans (optional)
1 tsp vanilla powder
grated lemon rind
grated lemon rind
For the base, you want an approximately equal amount of nuts and dried fruit, you can use various combinations of fruits and nuts. I soaked the apricots for a couple of hours so they would process easier, but you don’t want them too wet otherwise the base will be soggy. Put all the ingredients in a food processor until it forms a sticky ball. If you need more liquid you can either add a little lemon juice or water. As you may know, I don’t generally eat dehydrated food as I find it hard to digest, so this base was soft and sticky, but you could probably dehydrate this is you want a more traditional cheesecake.
For the topping, just mix all the ingredients together. The more lucuma you add, the thicker the mixture will become. And of course, the more honey, the sweeter. (The cheese I used was very soft so I only needed to mix it with a spoon, with a firmer cheese you may need to blend.)
I’m sure there are many variations you can make instead of lemon.
The picture looks gorgeous. I can really imagine that delicate creamy softness. I’ve been making my own curd cheese here with raw goat’s milk – a little at a time. This is making me think getting lots of home-made cheese on the go would result in some great cheesecake, all ‘fatto a mano’! Thanks.
I made another version of this cake and included raw egg yolks – this worked really well too.