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RECIPE: Pear, Bleu Cheese & Walnut Mini Cheesecakes

14th Mar 12 (Wed) Leave a comment

Due to its proximity to March 14th (3/14), for Eugene Veggie Supper Club this month, I set our theme as PIE.  Pie beats out cake any day of the week, in my mind.  Cheesecake is a misnomer if I ever heard of one; so I dreamt up this recipe from a basic “normal” no-bake cheesecake recipe…

Pear, Bleu Cheese & Walnut
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Mini-Cheesecakes (no-bake)

Ingredients:
makes about 12 to 14 mini-cheesecakes

  • 12 mini-graham crusts (they come in 6-packs, or make your own small or large)
    —–
  • 8 oz. cream cheese or neufchâtel
  • 4 oz. bleu cheese crumbles
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 1 can of pears (in their own juice – not syrup) with about 1/2 of the juice from the canned pears
  • 1 small (4 oz) container of diced pears (for blending)
    Dole makes snack-cup sized diced pears
  • 8 oz. heavy whipping cream
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  • 1 small (4 oz) container of diced pears (for garnish)
  • candied walnuts (for garnish)
  • arugula (for garnish)

Steps:

  1. Combine cheeses, sugar, juices, extracts, and pears into a food processor or blender.  Mix until smooth.
  2. Add heavy whipping cream and mix until fluffy.
  3. Scoop filling into crust(s) and chill for at least 3 hours.
  4. Garnish with extra diced pears, walnuts & arugula right before serving.  Enjoy!

Prep time: 15-20 minutes, chill 3+ hours
Nutritional Info (per serving): With Crust: 280 calories, Fat 17g, Protein 4g. Without Crust: 170 cal, Fat 12g, Protein 3g.

This recipe is surprisingly easy to make.  You can make your own crust, candy your own walnuts, etc – but there’s definitely no dire need.  These cheesecakes could easily be make into a larger cheesecake as well (just use a bigger crust, the filling would be the same).  It’s a beautiful mix of savory and sweet.

This is a mainly music-based blog (in fact my Puscifer Portland 3/14 review is coming shortly after their show). If you stumbled in on a recipe search, check out my other recipes at THIS LINK.

Happy Pi(e) Day!

~Dan – np: Stabat AkishNebulos

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RECIPE: Raw Vegan Pies

18th Jul 10 (Sun) 2 comments

Raw Strawberry
& Apple Pies

For this month’s Vegetarian Supper Club in Eugene, Oregon, the theme is “RAW Talent“… all food needs to be raw, and then we’re having an unrelated talent show afterward.  I had always wanted to try something from Jónsi & Alex‘s raw cookbook that came as part of their Riceboy Sleeps debut album; so I decided to make two pies from it for this month’s VSC.  I modified the recipes slightly, but they are still quite true to the original.  For more info on Jónsi & Alex, check out after the recipes… on to the food!

Raw Strawberry Pie
makes one pie

Crust

  • 1 cup almonds
  • 1 cup coconut
  • 1 cup dates & 2 Tbl coconut oil (note: oil is solid at room temperature)
  • pinch of salt

Blend items separately and one at a time using a blender or food processor.  Add into separate bowl and kneed with hands.  Scoop into pre-greased pie pan/tin and with hands form into a pie crust.  If the dough is still too dry, you can a little bit of water (1 oz or so).

Note: if allergic to almonds (or pecans below), other nuts can be substituted.  I’ve used Brazil nuts, hazelnuts, macadamia, cashews, et cetera for raw pie crusts.  Measurements are probably the same for substitute nuts, but do some research if you’re worried.

Filling

  • 2 cups coconut
  • 4 cups frozen strawberries (original recipe was 2 cups)
  • 1/2 cup agave nectar
  • 2 Tbl coconut oil
  • pinch of salt
  • also: extra strawberries and coconut for top

Combined all items in blender or food processor and blend until smooth.  Add into pie crust.  Top with extra strawberries and coconut.  Let the pie refrigerate for at least 2 hours (I fridged it overnight).

Here is a video of Jónsi & Alex making it…

And here’s a close-up of my final version…

Next up… pie #2…

Raw Apple Pie (aka Arkansas Apple Pie)
makes one pie

Crust

  • 1 cup coconut
  • 1 cup pecans
  • 1 cup dates
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 pinches of salt
  • 2 Tbl almond butter
  • also: 4 Tbl almond butter for layering

Blend items separately and one at a time using a blender or food processor.  Add into separate bowl and kneed with hands.  Scoop into pre-greased pie pan/tin and with hands form into a pie crust.  If the dough is still too dry, you can a little bit of water (1 oz or so).  Then spread another layer of almond butter (4 Tbl) over the pie crust.

Filling

  • 4-5 apples (total)
  • 1 cup dates
  • 2 Tbl agave nectar
  • 2 Tbl cinnamon
  • also: extra almond butter or cinnamon for top

Combined half of apples (2 to 2.5 apples) with 1 cup dates and 2 Tbl agave nectar in blender or food processor and blend until smooth.  Add into pie crust.  Cut other half of apples into large chunks and put into pie crust.  Top with extra almond butter or cinnamon.  Serve now or later.

Now the promised extra info about Jónsi & Alex.  Jónsi Birgisson is the lead singer of the Icelandic post-rock band Sigur Rós.  Within the past year, he released an ambient record with his partner Alex Somers – called Riceboys Sleeps – and his debut solo album, Go.  It’s all quite gorgeous stuff.  Click below for some of my favorites of their albums, and a review of Jónsi’s recent Portland show (April 2010):

This is a mainly music-based blog. If you stumbled in on a recipe search, check out my other recipes, like vegan biscuits & gravy, spiced biscotti, vegan cactus chili, vegan bananas foster, mushroom dumpling stew, strawberry cornbread muffins, fruit spring rolls, grilled coconut-rum pineapple, vegetarian s’mores pouches, pumpkin-infused vodka cocktail, creamy vegan chocolate pudding, cute olive penguins, raw blueberry cheesecake at THIS LINK.

If you’re only here for the music… well, stay tuned. Concerts from Antibalas, Bill Mallonee, and Toad the Wet Sprocket coming up by the end of the month.

~Dan – np: AntibalasSecurity

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