This recipe uses a date and almond crust with raw kefir cream and raw eggs that have been separated. The result is a raw cheesecake that is soft, light and fluffy. Note that all ingredients should be organic and fresh, and that the milk, cream and eggs should come from organic pasture fed animals. One half cup of apricot kernels (high in vitamin B17) may be used in place of some of the other nuts.
Serves 8-10. Requires an 8 inch diameter by 2 1/2 inches deep pyrex dish, or a 9 inch springform. Makes an 8 inch by 1 1/4 inch thick cheese cake. If you wish to make a cheesecake that is 2 inches thick then just double the quantity of filling. The base is quite thin.
Kefir and Kefir Cream
Nuts To prepare the almonds in advance, soak them in water for 12 hours, rinse then leave to sprout for 12 more hours in a jar turned on its side. Rinse once more, then dry the almonds in a oven at low heat or a dehydrator at 65C, turning the almonds occasionally until they are dry and crisp.
Mix 1/4 cup of real kefir grains with 3 cups of raw full cream jersey cows milk. Culture at room temperature for 12-24 hours then refrigerate. Remove the kefir grains from the kefir with a fork before use.
Mix 1/2 cup of kefir with 1 1/2 cups of raw double weight cream and leave to culture for 12-24 hours. Refrigerate the kefir cream until ready for use. If you are new to culturing kefir you may wish to visit http://www.rejoiceinlife.com/kefir/riln14.php to get more detailed instructions.
1. Grind the nuts as finely as possible in a grain mill, blender or food processor. Chop the dates then process in a food processor with the nut flour. Press the nut and date mixture into a buttered dish with your fingers and the bottom of a glass to form a thin crust.
2. Put milk into a small saucepan, sprinkle with the gelatin and warm slightly stirring with a flat wooden spoon until the gelatin is dissolved. It may help to beat slightly with a wire whisk. Sit the saucepan in a bowl of cool water to cool the milk gelatin mixture to body temperature. (This is the milk-gelatin mixture.)
3. In a food processor, combine the kefir cream,
raw honey, egg yolks, vanilla and lime/lemon juice, and process at low to medium
speed for 20-30 seconds, or until smooth, being sure that all the honey has been
mixed in and has not stuck to the bottom. To prevent the honey from sticking to
the bottom of the processor make sure you spread the kefir over the bottom first.
Note that if you over process at this stage you risk the cream turning to butter.
(This is the egg custard.)
4. Beat the egg whites with a pinch of salt until they form peaks, and put aside. At this point you will need to work quickly.
5. Add the cooled milk-gelatin mixture to the egg custard in the food processor and mix at slow to medium speed for 20- 30 seconds or until smooth.
6. Transfer the mixture to a bowl then gently fold in the egg whites with a spatula. Pour the mixture onto the crust and refrigerate for several hours before serving.
1 teaspoon = 5 ml / 5 gm. 1 tablespoon = 15 ml / 15 gm. 15 tablespoons = 1 cup / 225 ml. 1 cup = 8 fluid oz / 225 ml. 1 US gallon = 3.6 litres. 1 lb = 16 oz / 454 gm. Temperature 20C = 68F. Conversion from Fahrenheit to Celsius: C = (F - 32) / 1.8. Conversion from Celsius to Fahrenheit: F = C x 1.8 + 32
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