Dairy Free Lemon Cheesecake

Dairy Free Lemon Cheesecake

This Dairy Free Lemon Cheesecake is also nut free, egg free and gluten free if needed.  

Dairy Free Lemon Cheesecake

If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you’ll know I was excited to find some dairy free sour cream the other day and was wondering what everybody had been doing with theirs.  I ended up using mine on a zucchini-quiche-type concoction as well as this cheesecake and a chocolate cheesecake as well.  All passed the taste test!  I found the taste of the sour cream by itself a bit odd, and I wasn’t at all sure when I made the cheesecake mix..but the flavours in the cheesecake really took over the sour cream taste as they sat overnight, and I ended up really enjoying the taste of this Dairy Free Lemon Cheesecake.  I tried heating it a little in the microwave so it was quite soft and that was even nicer.  For those in New Zealand, I used Zenzo sour cream and I found it at our local New World.

 

Dairy Free Lemon Cheesecake

Dairy Free Lemon Cheesecake

Ingredients

  • Base:
  • 1 packet of dairy and egg free biscuits (and gluten free if needed) : we use Countdown's Free From range
  • 3 Tablespoons melted dairy free margarine
  • Filling:
  • 1 packet firm tofu
  • 1 packet dairy free sour cream
  • 3 heaped teaspoons icing sugar
  • 2 lemons, finely zested and juiced
  • 2 teaspoons gelatine (if you want this recipe to be suitable for Vegan diets, omit this and serve it semi-frozen). If you want a softer set, half the gelatine.

Instructions

  1. Prepare the base by chopping the biscuits up finely in a food processor then adding the melted margarine gradually until it all starts to come together (you may not need all of it). Press into the base of your tin or individual moulds.
  2. Prepare the filling: Open the tofu, and place in a strainer over a bowl, and chop into about 6 pieces. Leave to dry out for 2 hours if possible (this creates a creamier finish).
  3. Place the tofu in a food processor and blend for about 5 minutes, scraping down the sides twice, until it is very creamy in texture.
  4. Add the sour cream, icing sugar and lemon zest and blend until fully incorporated.
  5. Place the gelatine and lemon juice in a bowl, stir and leave for 5 minutes. Melt in a microwave for 20 seconds (or over a pot of water on the stove) then add to the sour cream mix. Mix it in quickly or it will set in lumps.
  6. Pour this mix over the bases and leave in the freezer or refrigerator until set. The flavour improves if left overnight.
  7. I decorated mine with slices of lemon cooked for 1 hour in a light sugar syrup and blueberries. This was really tasty. Whipped coconut cream and fruit would also be great.
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Dairy and Egg Free Plum and Ginger Cheesecake

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Egg and Dairy Free Black Forest Roulade

Egg and Dairy Free Black Forest Roulade
Serves 8
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Prep Time
1 hr
Cook Time
10 min
Prep Time
1 hr
Cook Time
10 min
526 calories
85 g
1 g
19 g
9 g
11 g
144 g
7 g
69 g
0 g
3 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
144g
Servings
8
Amount Per Serving
Calories 526
Calories from Fat 164
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 19g
29%
Saturated Fat 11g
57%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 1mg
0%
Sodium 7mg
0%
Total Carbohydrates 85g
28%
Dietary Fiber 4g
17%
Sugars 69g
Protein 9g
Vitamin A
2%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
27%
Iron
14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Sponge
  1. 1 tin chickpeas in brine
  2. 2/3 cup sugar
  3. 1/4 cup coconut oil
  4. 3/4 cup flour
  5. 1/4 cup cocoa powder
Mousse
  1. 1 jar chickpeas in brine (alternatively, use 140g egg white)
  2. 1x 300g pack of FIRM tofu
  3. 1 tin coconut cream, refrigerated for at least 24 hours
  4. 250 g melted dairy free chocolate
  5. 280g white sugar
  6. 1 jar sour cherries in syrup
  7. 1 tin coconut cream, refrigerated overnight
  8. 1 T icing sugar
  9. extra chocolate and cherries for decorating
Sponge
  1. 1. Drain the liquid from the chickpeas (you can freeze the chickpeas for use later) and place in a cake mixer. Whisk at high speed until thick, fluffy and white.
  2. 2. Gradually add the sugar and whisk for a further 4 minutes.
  3. 3. Melt the coconut oil.
  4. 4. Sieve the flour and cocoa powder together. (I do this three times usually)
  5. 5. Add the flour mix in 3 batches, as lightly as possible! I use my hands to fold it in really gently. It doesn't need to be fully incorporated before adding the next batch. The mix will collapse if you are too heavy handed with it. When you add the third batch of flour, add the coconut oil at the same time.
  6. 6. Spread onto a flat tray lined with baking paper.
  7. 7. Bake at 180 degrees until just cooked, about 6 minutes.
  8. 8. Lay some baking paper out on the bench, sprinkle with a bit of sugar and tip the cake over onto it. Remove the paper it is attached to straight away and cover with a clean tea towel.
Mousse
  1. 1. Cut the tofu roughly and place in a strainer over a bowl. Leave to dry out at room temperature for 2 hours at least. This helps achieve a smooth consistency.
  2. 2. Scoop the thick part of both tins of coconut cream off (you can use the liquid for smoothies) and whip until consistency of whipped cream. Split in half, reserving one half for assembling the roll. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  3. 3. Place the tofu in a food processor and blend until very smooth.
  4. 4. Strain the brine off the can of chickpeas (reserve the chickpeas for salads) and place in the bowl of a cake mixer on high speed. Simultaneously put the sugar in a pot with 1/4 cup water and bring to the boil. Boil for another 2 minutes.
  5. 5. When the chickpea liquid (this is called aquafaba) is thick and white, slowly pour in the hot sugar syrup. Keep beating until cool, shiny and very white (about 10 minutes). Split the mix in half and reserve one half for another use. I bake mine into meringues at 50 degrees Celsius for 2 hours. (you can try to make half, but my cake mixer bowl doesn't whisk a half mix properly)
  6. 6. Place a spoonful of the chickpea mix into the melted chocolate and whisk quickly. Whisk together the chocolate, the tofu, the cream and the remaining chickpea mix as quickly, but gently, as possible.
To assemble
  1. Spread the chocolate mousse over the sponge followed by a layer of whipped coconut cream. Add cherries to the edge closest to you (this will end up in the middle). Roll up tightly, wrap in the baking paper and refrigerate for at least an hour. Cover the roll in chocolate mousse and the whipped coconut cream, then decorate with chocolate shavings and cherries.
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calories
526
fat
19g
protein
9g
carbs
85g
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Note: This vegan Egg and Dairy Free Black Forest Roulade can also be made gluten free by substituting a gluten free flour mix for the plain flour in the sponge. I have done this and I use a combination of quinoa flour, cassava flour, green banana, rice flour and coconut flour. My daughter is allergic to standard gf mixes which is why I use this combination but I’m pretty sure any combination would work fine 🙂

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