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Macro birthday cake: Blueberry tofu cheesecake

For my birthday I decided to make a REAL fancy cake – of course within the macrobiotic standards! ­čÖé I had quite a hard time finding a recipe I could use though…. In my mind I had a vision of a rich creamy (tofu) cheesecake with a flaky pastry crust and a fruity jelly on top. Somehow that proved to be not so easy to find, as there┬┤s not a whole lot of macro cookbooks, whether printed or online…So I searched and searched and compiled my own recipe using and modifying several different crust/filling/topping recipes I have found ­čśÇ

For the crust you will need:

1 1/2 cup spelt flour (you could also use whole wheat flour, preferably 70% whole-grain)

1/4 tsp sea salt

1/4 cup melted coconut oil (or oil of choice)

1/4 cup cold water

Mix together flour, salt and oil with a fork until well combined, then slowly add cold(!) water, while steadily mixing. Use your hands to create a ball and knead it for about 1-2 minutes. Place the dough on a non-stick surface (I used my silicone baking mat) and make it flat using a wooden rollerpin. Make a circle about 1 cm thick, as large as your baking form is (you will probably have extra dough, so then you can make a bigger circle and cut off the excess dough afterwards). Carefully transfer the pie into a greased baking form, pressing it gently inside and up the sides of the form. Prickle the dough with a fork, cover tightly with a tinfoil and bake in a preheated oven on 190┬░C for about 15 minutes. Then remove tinfoil and bake for another about 10 minutes. Set aside to cool.

For the tofu filling prepare:

400 g firm tofu

pinch of salt

1/4 tsp vanilla powder

zest of one lemon

1/4 cup lemon juice

1/3 cup maple syrup

2 tbsp tahini (or other nut/seed butter)

1 tbsp arrowroot starch

Blend all in a blender until very smooth, add some water if necessary, but don┬┤t make the filling watery! Pour the cream into the cooled crust, spread evenly and bake for about 25 minutes on 170┬░C, until light golden and set (but not too stiff, the filling should be very soft to the touch).

For the topping use:

about 1/2 cup blueberries

pinch of salt

splash of lemon juice

1 tbsp kuzu diluted in a tiny bit of cold water

1 tsp agar agar

1 or 2 tbsp rice malt

water

In a small pot, combine blueberries, salt, lemon juice, rice malt and enough water to just cover. Bring mixture to a boil and simmer for about 10-15 minutes until blueberries soften. Slowly add kuzu and agar agar, let boil and simmer for a minute. Pour hot topping over the cake and let cool and set. Serve cake chilled.

Note: This cake is not extremely sweet – for more sweetness add more maple syrup to the filling and/or rice malt to the topping. This recipe makes for quite a lot of cake, but depends on the size of your baking form, mine is roughly 25 cm in diameter. I had to make two cakes – one bigger and one smaller. Don┬┤t overdo it with the filling, it should be the same level as the edge of the crust. Enjoy!

 

 

 

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Chestnut mochi kanten

Ok, three things to say up front: finding a name for this recipe was really tough, it could also be called chestnut-mochi-kuzu-agar agar dessert. But I spared you and chose a simplified version ­čśÇ

Second, this dessert is ugly. It really is. It looks like wet grey concrete. Somehow chestnuts, at least the dried ones, don┬┤t make for a pretty dessert. But who cares, right? It┬┤s the taste that matters…

Third, this dessert is absolutely guilt-free. It┬┤s even healthy! There is not a gram of added sweetener, no rice malt, maple syrup, fruit, nothing. Just chestnuts to make it sweet (which are really healthy for your blood sugar levels). This also means that this dessert is very mildly sweet. But for us who have sensitive taste budes and who are on a restricted diet with zero or very few desserts, this is still a blessing ­čśÇ

Now back to business. You just need to soak (preferrably overnight) about half a cup of dried chestnuts (add water to make the cup full). The next day pour it all into a pressure cooker and add about 1/4 cup of sweet brown rice. Add a pinch of salt, water to cover, bring to pressure and cook on a low flame and on a flame tamer for about an hour. Transfer to blender (you should have enough liquid, but adjust as needed) and puree. Bring back to the pot, add 1 tsp of kuzu diluted in a tiny bit of cold water and 1 tsp of agar agar powder (if using flakes or bars, you need to follow package instructions for the amount used). Bring mixture to boil while stirring, let simmer gently for a few minutes and then serve warm or let cool down and solidify. The texture is amazing…….

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Adzuki bean kanten dessert

This is such a macrobiotic classic, that I have to include it! Some call it “macrobiotic chocolate”, and while diehard chocolate lovers will probably just laugh at this, I think it┬┤s actually not so far off….at least for us macros who have a bit adjusted taste buds ­čśÇ

It┬┤s really really simple as long as you have a pressure cooker…

Into the cooker you place adzuki beans (I used half a cup of hokkaido adzuki beans which are smaller, more mineral rich and cook less long even without presoaking), agar agar (I used one and a half bars, but you can use less or more, depending on required thickness of the dessert), dried organic apricots (I used about 3/4 cup, slightly more than the amount of the beans, but again this depends on required sweetness) and some (optional) orange peel (I only had dried mandarine peel which works fine I think). Add about a double or even triple amount of water. Bring under pressure and cook for about 30 minutes, the beans have to be soft. Transfer to a blender, add a pinch of salt and blend until smooth. Let it cool down and thicken in a bowl or eat warm ­čśÇ

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