In the part of the world where I live in Byron Bay there is a temperate climate and not the extreme polarity of my hometown Melbourne’s weather. Devising a menu for health retreat that was very low sugar, no dairy and focuses on creating optimal vitality for our guests came naturally in my stride once I got the hang of what replaces what such as coconut oil can replace butter in many cases.
To my delight, raw desserts often mimic their conventional counterparts with an impressive masquerade, especially when it comes to tiramisu, which has a deceptively similar texture yet slightly lighter, nuttier taste to the ‘real thing’. Ultimately it’s all about taste and texture when it comes to imitation.
This living ‘cheesecake’ is a full flavoured little number with a creamy nut base and a deliciously tart, yet sweet raspberry finish. The hint of rosewater takes it from grassroots to restaurant sooner than you can shout ‘Mullumbimby’!
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