Tag: Rhubarb

Vegan Rhubarb & Ginger Cheesecake

Tis the season for rhubarb. Yes, rhubarb is starting to sprout it’s beautiful pink stalks from the ground and we can now enjoy, what I believe, is one of our most underestimated fruits. Let’s celebrate all things rhubarb!

It’s only in recent years that I have come to appreciate this delicious fruit, it was one of those things that I turned my nose up at all my childhood and avoided at all costs. That is until I actually tried it.

We had to move our rhubarb plant when we got our chickens, it now resides in our front garden and has taken a couple of years to reestablish itself, but this year it looks like we may have a bumper crop. I love the sharpness of rhubarb, and the contrast it brings to a sweet dessert.

I don’t know if you’ve seen Amy’s delicious Elderflower cheesecake? I didn’t get a chance to taste her creation, but I have adapted it and it is easily versatile to whatever works seasonally. So here is my rhubarb version and what goes perfectly with rhubarb? Ginger – obvs!

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Rhubarb & Ginger Cheesecake

For the crust:
50g almonds (soaked for 30 mins)
150g hazelnuts
150g dates
2 tspn ground ginger

For the filling:
350g cashews (soaked overnight, or for at least 4 hours)
85 ml coconut oil
2 tbsp maple syrup
1 tspn vanilla extract
Juice of half a lemon

For the topping:
5 stalks of rhubarb
A thumb sized piece of ginger (grated)
2 tbsp xylitol
3 tbsp water

  • Begin by making the base. In a large, dry frying pan gently toast the hazelnuts on a medium-high heat, for around 5-10mins until the skins begin to darken and peel away. Shake the pan from time to time to prevent burning.
  • Wrap the hazelnuts in a clean cloth and rub vigorously to remove most of the skins.
  • Rinse the soaked almonds in fresh water and combine in a blender with the hazelnuts, dates and ginger. The mixture should start to come together in firm, sticky clumps.
  • Press the base mixture firmly down into a non-stick 20cm springform cake tin.
  • Set in the fridge whilst you prepare the topping.
  • Melt the coconut oil in a pan. Rinse the cashews and put in a high-speed blender along with the coconut oil and remaining ingredients and blend until smooth.
  • Spoon the mixture onto the base and spread out evenly.
  • Set in the fridge for a few hours or overnight.
  • Gently release the springform pan and ease the cheesecake away from the base.
  • Rinse the rhubarb stalks and chop into pieces, add to a pan along with the xylitol, water and grated ginger. Cook on a medium heat for 15-20 minutes until very soft. Stir thoroughly and leave to cool. Once cooled spread evenly over the cheesecake.

Enjoy!

Veronica x

Rhubarb Crumble

We are just entering Rhubarb season – everyone shout hooray! Last year I bought my first rhubarb plant and it is working its magic in a little spot on my allotment! I can’t wait to eat some from it. I am a big fan of Rhubarb and it is the plant that keeps on giving, growing back year after year, with its bright pink stalks providing some sharp fruitiness.

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We also have a little Rhubarb plant in our garden and it has spent a year reviving itself after we had to move it away from the Chickens! Look at the beautiful colour of these stalks!

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Rhubarb crumble

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Vegan crumble

 

Recipe: Rhubarb Crumble

5 stalks of Rhubarb
2 tbsp xylitol sugar
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tbsp water

For the topping:
1 cup of oats
1 cup of spelt flour
2 tbsp of xylitol sugar
1 tbsp chopped hazelnuts
1 tbsp sunflower seeds
2 tbsp vegan margarine
A few drops of water

1. Chop up the rhubarb, and simmer in a pan with the water, xylitol sugar and ginger for 15-20 minutes.
2. Meanwhile, blend your oats, flour, hazelnuts and sunflower seeds in a blender (or by hand),  add the margarine and a few drops of water.
3. Once the rhubarb has cooled slightly add to a dish, and top with your crumble topping.
4. Cook in the oven for 20-25 minutes at 180C.
5. Serve with dairy free ice cream or custard.

Enjoy Rhubarb season!

Veronica x