Easter Sweet Tooth
Happy Easter Monday! I'm sure you had a fabulous holiday with family and friends. It's been a weekend here. It's not too Spring-like. The temperature dropped to 0C and we had a few snow flurries this morning. Eeks! Yesterday with the winds howling and the clouds thick in the sky, I was tucked away in the warmth of my apartment enjoying some tunes while working away in the kitchie making food to contribute to Easter dinner. I made raw pizza for an appetizer, salad, and desserts. Despite the 'close to winter' conditions one of the desserts was particularly Springy. I must be on a strawberry and coconut kick, because these are the highlighted flavors along with hints of lime, cardamom (oh yeah, on a kick with that too), mango, and cherry.
It's tried and true. It's light, flavorful, tangy, sweet, fruity, smooth and creamy. I made mini cakes and a 6" cake to keep on hand in the freezer for visitors. I just love mini cheesecakes. You can make several flavors for people to enjoy and they're just plain cute. Oh, plus they can be eaten with your hands! I've made this cake countless times and I still can't get enough!
I made a plain crust that you see here, and I made some of them with a chocolate crust too, which was just almonds, dates, and cacao powder.
*I'm adding this note after posting, as someone asked in the comments about the difference between coconut oil and butter. The oil is the extracted fat from the coconut. The butter is the pulp ground down until smooth - just like almonds are made into almond butter.
I'm savoring a jar of this coconut butter, and used it in the recipe. It's the BEST coconut butter I've ever had. It's stone ground for days and literally melts in your mouth. Yeah you can make your own (I do too), but its not the same. Homemade stuff still has some fibery texture - this stuff is silky smooth.
What tasty things did you make or eat for Easter? I hope you'll try these cakes next time you're looking for a week recipe!
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