|Creamed Walnut and Strawberry Tart|
Since trying to follow a ‘vegan at home diet’, gone are the sumptuous cakes, cookies and wonderful pies that I've been known for. Now, I only bake those forbidden items when one of our boys comes home, or any other time that I arbitrarily determine might warrant a celebration. In all honesty, I already tried to eliminate high calorie desserts from our diet anyway, before we started the ‘vegan at home’ kick. But, I still have not lost my sweet tooth and I’m always looking for a good dessert: enter the ‘Vegan Strawberry Cheesecake’.
I will have to say that I take exception to the idea that this dessert is, in fact, a ‘cheesecake’. In my mind, it is not. A cheesecake is first and foremost, made with cheese, and the vegan cheesecake is not.
I made this dessert recently when we were fortunate enough to have our youngest son home. We had already celebrated his arrival home with a delicious layer cake (not vegan) and once that was gone, I thought about trying this recipe.
While serving this to my tasting partner and son, I commented that this was NOT a cheesecake and while vegan aficionados might call it a cheesecake, I would not. Our thoughtful son stated that by calling it a ‘cheesecake’ the vegan aficionados would understand what the recipe might yield- a crunchy crust with a creamy layer topped with a fruit layer. Having just been selected to Law Review, he makes a valid and diplomatic point. My tasting partner said he would not argue with me about anything food related and I could call it what I liked (smart move). I choose to call this a “Creamed Walnut and Strawberry Tart”.
This tart is quite tasty and filling and my tasting partner and I both gave it two thumbs up. It does require some preparation time: soaking the walnuts for at least 3 hours and preferably longer.
recipe after the jump