Baked Dairy Free Cheesecake
I have really been enjoying Sheese Dairy Free Cheese lately, and have been trying it in all sorts of different forms. I had some eggs to use up as I’m the only one that can eat them in our house, so thought I would try a baked cheesecake. That is definitely one of the things I miss a lot and I’m happy to report that this one really filled the gap! It really didn’t taste much different from a dairy cheesecake at all. I’m not 100% sure, but I think it may be a possibility for those who can tolerate baked egg, although I don’t know if the egg would get hot enough. Feel free to let me know if you have an opinion on that!
Dairy Free Vanilla Sponge
My absolutely favourite Christmas dessert is trifle, and despite making the fanciest of desserts all round the world in my previous job as a pastry chef, that is the one thing I crave every year for Christmas. I never make it any other time, but I definitely enjoy it then and for leftover Xmas breakfast on Boxing Day. But I can never find dairy free sponge for a quick trifle creation, which does irk me a bit! Feel free to let me know where you have found any in New Zealand. But for now, I make it. So I thought I would share the recipe in case anybody else is having the same problem, and can tolerate egg. Incidentally, I have made this egg free before by using chickpea brine, and while it’s not the same, it is definitely edible.
Dairy Free Lemon Cheesecake
This Dairy Free Lemon Cheesecake is also nut free, egg free and gluten free if needed.
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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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).
- 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.
- Add the sour cream, icing sugar and lemon zest and blend until fully incorporated.
- 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.
- Pour this mix over the bases and leave in the freezer or refrigerator until set. The flavour improves if left overnight.
- 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.
Chocolate and Strawberry Terrine
This Chocolate and Strawberry Terrine is dairy free, egg free, gluten free and nut free, and uses aquafaba to replace egg in the sponge. It has a chocolate sponge base, a layer of chocolate mousse, a layer of strawberry cream, more sponge and then is topped with chocolate ganache. It’s not a 5 minute job obviously but it looks and tastes sensational and keeps well for a few days in the fridge.
Blackcurrant Mousse Cake with chocolate and egg free meringue
This little blackcurrant party on a plate is dairy free, egg free, nut free and gluten free :). If gluten is ok in your house, just swap the cake for any traditional vanilla cake or sponge which suit your allergies. I have used the delicious blackcurrant powder from Sujon. It is a significant undertaking in full, awesome if you want a fancy dessert, but any of the items on it’s own is also fab! My favourite part is the meringues, they are white with flecks of blackcurrant on the outside, but when you break them open, that are a beautiful purple inside and bursting with blackcurrant flavour.
Dairy, Egg and Gluten Free Chocolate Strawberry Brownies
These Dairy, Egg and Gluten Free Chocolate Strawberry Brownies were made using the super yummy chocolate mix from Hunter Gatherer Gourmet, but I have included a recipe for my own chocolate brownies (recipe here) if you aren’t able to source this or can’t tolerate nuts. It is layered up with a soft strawberry flavoured ‘cream’. It does set firm in the fridge if you want a more structured look, but I love the soft, gloopy, chocolate-strawberry mish-mash.
Dairy and Egg Free Plum and Ginger Cheesecake
You may have seen a pretty delicious looking Plum Cheesecake circulating around social media lately, which has had me drooling…..only catch is, it is absolutely laden with no-go ingredients for our house. So this Dairy and Egg Free Plum and Ginger Cheesecake has been sitting in the back of my mind ready for a remake….we just so happened to have a big BBQ/party to go to this weekend so I had a bit of an experiment. The first attempt was really good, I made it again the next night. It is honestly REALLY yummy! I didn’t tell anyone else at the party that it was allergy-friendly (other than the hosts who know our situation) and had a bit of a laugh to myself as I watched everyone diving into it.
This version features a ginger biscuit base, which can easily be adapted to make this recipe gluten free. I have two children who are fine with wheat and one who absolutely cannot, so I ended up just making it normally then scooping the top section off for my gluten free kid. Obviously if you are dealing with Coeliac Disease or are really concerned with cross contamination this wouldn’t be wise. If I was making this gluten free, I would probably just buy the gluten free ginger biscuits and proceed normally, but if you would rather make the base, there are shortbread recipes on here using gluten free flour which you could just add ginger to.
The middle section is like a cross between a fruit mousse and a chilled cheesecake. It has tofu and Italian meringue made from chickpea brine…don’t let this put you off if you are new to these ingredients….you honestly cannot taste them in the finished product. Then it has a sour jelly topping which kind of ties all the layers together and helps the dessert not taste too sweet.
I’ve loved Sticky Date Pudding since forever and I happened to have some dates leftover from a Wedding Cake I’m making so thought I’d have a bash at making this Dairy, Egg and Nut Free Sticky Date Pudding since my youngest REALLY loves cake. And dates. It went down a treat with some lovely visitors I had today and the two kids that can eat it in my house both love it. The eldest mostly because she has some weird infatuation with anything caramel.
This Dairy, Egg, Gluten, Soy and Nut Free Lemon Meringue ‘Pie’ came about because I was kind enough to be given some amazing organic goodies with fruit and vegetables from Just Organic here in Christchurch, New Zealand (don’t worry…they deliver nationwide) to review, and I was completely inspired by the intense taste of the fruit. It sounds so corny, but I think there is just something about fruit and vegetables that have come from a place of love…they honestly do taste better!
This Egg and Dairy Free Black Forest Roulade is also Vegan and Nut Free and contains an option for making it gluten free at the bottom of this post 🙂
You may have noticed already, but chocolate and cherries are pretty much my favourite combination ever…so this Egg and Dairy Free Black Forest Roulade was really just another excuse to make something yummy and a bit naughty to indulge in! In my defence, I did take some in to the teachers at school who had two days of student-led interviews 🙂 I also really love taking classic dishes and making them a bit more allergy friendly in some way and changing them up a bit….I think Black Forest Cake was one of my first dishes I made before being a proper chef so I have fond memories of it now 🙂 I’ve changed it a bit by adding chocolate mousse to the inside as I’m a die-hard chocolate lover! I also used freeze dried cherries from Fresh As on the top (I’m pretty much addicted to their freeze dried fruit..and I found this at New World the other day so was the perfect excuse to open it) but you could just use the sour cherries in juice 🙂
- 1 tin chickpeas in brine
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 3/4 cup flour
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 1 jar chickpeas in brine (alternatively, use 140g egg white)
- 1x 300g pack of FIRM tofu
- 1 tin coconut cream, refrigerated for at least 24 hours
- 250 g melted dairy free chocolate
- 280g white sugar
- 1 jar sour cherries in syrup
- 1 tin coconut cream, refrigerated overnight
- 1 T icing sugar
- extra chocolate and cherries for decorating
- 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. Gradually add the sugar and whisk for a further 4 minutes.
- 3. Melt the coconut oil.
- 4. Sieve the flour and cocoa powder together. (I do this three times usually)
- 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. Spread onto a flat tray lined with baking paper.
- 7. Bake at 180 degrees until just cooked, about 6 minutes.
- 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.
- 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. 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. Place the tofu in a food processor and blend until very smooth.
- 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. 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. 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.
- 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.
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 🙂