Monday, April 4, 2011

Eggless Sugarless Grain less (but not tasteless) Strawberry Cheese Cake

I hope every body had a great week end, watching a fantastic Cricket match and enjoying India winning the world cup after 28 years. It was a fantastic feeling and no words can describe it. Now getting on to this post I had to bake a cake for my elder one's birthday two weeks before and we don't eat eggs at my home. We don't use refined flours and sugars and my husband is off gluten , grain, all fructose(including honey and maple syrup). So the criteria was to make a cake without eggs, no gluten, no grain, no sugar(replacing with Xylitol or Stevia) was a big challenge. I use almond flour for cookies, crackers extensively but still haven't nailed down a recipe using xylitol and almond flour for regular cakes. With limited ingredient options and after a lot of thought I decided to go with a cheese cake which every one in the family can enjoy. A normal cheese cake consists of three layers the crust, middle layer and topping. All I had to do is to make substitutes with ingredients I am allowed to work with and finally nailed down this recipe in my second attempt. The result - this fantastic cheese cake made from scratch which tasted super delicious. That too if you are on a dietary restriction like us, then this recipe is a keeper.

For the Crust - 
Almond Flour Scones made out of 2 Cups of Almond Flour or 2 Cups of any cookies crushed
Ghee or Melted Butter - 1/4 Cup(If using Almond flour scones otherwise increase this slightly)

For Filling - 

8 oz Organic Cream Cheese Bars - 2
Organic Sour Cream - 16 oz
Organic Chopped Strawberries - 1 1/2 Cups
Vanilla extract - 1 Tsp
Ener-g Egg Replace - 3 Tsp
Warm Water -2 Tbsp
Xylitol - 1/3 cup or to taste.

For Topping

Heavy Cream - 2 Cups
Xylitol - 1/4 Cup or to taste
Vanilla extract - 1 Tsp


For the Crust

1) In a food processor place the almond flour scones and run through till they are powdered (few seconds).
2) Heat the ghee or butter and once they are melted and warm, add them slowly to the powdered crumbs and combine well. (When you take a handful and make a ball, they should be able to hold together).
3) Take a 9 Inch Spring Foam pan with a removable bottom, line the base with parchment paper and take the almond flour crumbs and using your hands press them evenly to form a nice base.
4) Refrigerate for an hour or two till the crust is well set.

For the filling

1) Preheat oven to 350 Degrees Fahrenhiet.

2) Beat the egg replacer and warm water till fronthy. Using stand mixer with paddles or a hand blender beat the cream cheese, sour cream, xylitol and vanilla extract till well combined. (Taste and add more Xylitol if required). To this add the egg replacer with liquid and combine well.

3)  Add the chopped strawberries and combine till well mixed.

4)  Remove the spring foam from the refrigerator and pour the filling and using a ladle smooth out the top and tap the pan gently to remove any air bubbles.

5) Now place the spring foam tray on top of a baking tray and bake for 30-40 minutes till well set, not sticking but will be still slightly wobbly. (Placing the spring foam pan on a baking tray is very important, do not place the spring foam pan directly in the oven and bake).

6) Remove this cool and refrigerate overnight.

For the topping

1) Take the cold heavy cream and whip till stiff peak forms.

2) Add the vanilla extract and xylitol and whip till well combined (Taste the whipped cream and add more xylitol if required).

3) Take out the baked cheese cake, loosen the spring foam pan and remove the cheese cake.

4) Now take out the whipped cream and spread on the top and pipe if any remaining to decorate.

5) Refrigerate for 2-3 hours and then serve chilled.

Note - The cup cakes are not gluten or grain free and was made for other kids who had issues with nuts and didn't like cream cheese.


This goes to Torview's Food Palette Series Pink.

This goes to Hearth and Soup Hop 42.

This goes to Fresh Clean and Pure Friday.


Priya said...

WOw thats so marvellous and wonderful looking cheesecake,drooling over that slice..Irresistible!

bicks said...

Wow!! very nice..that too without egg..grt.Thanks for sharing the recipe :)

Smita said...

So wonderful looking and that too glutton free...cake to die for :))

Prathima Rao said...

What a fabulous cheesecake!!!
Prathima Rao
Prats Corner

aipi said...

A total wow!!
Great recipe..
US Masala

Vidhya said...

A marvelous cheese cake and that too gluten free.

Vimitha Anand said...

Yummy creamy cheese cake... And that gluten free... Sounds healthy

Reshmi Mahesh said...

Irresistable cheese cake...superb

Swathi said...

Delicious cheese cake. My hubby is a cheese cake fan.

Swarnavalli Suresh said...

this is awesome.. my favouite....

Gulmohar said...

lol at your title :D of course one can say that from the looks..Definitely delicious cake :-)

Satya Chaitanya said...

very yummy and tempting .... feel like grabbing it ....

Miriam said...

I'm sure it's NOT tasteless!! I'm saving this recipe to try soon, thanks! Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

Sneha Benny said...

Lovely cheese cake !!! I am a big cheese cake fan !!!


Now Serving said...

Sweetie, this cake looks ultra delicious and I really wish I could've had the link open, but the event ended last week and I believe Anita Gupta has picked a few winners and is trying those recipes out already - I am sure there will be other opps. soon so keep rocking! Hugs, priya

Sowmya said...

Gorgeous soft, rich and yummy!

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Torviewtoronto said...

delicious cheesecake looks wonderful

Torviewtoronto said...

delicious looking cheesecake
check out the event in my site

sweetlife said...

eggless cheesecake, how cool!! yummy, thanks for sharing!!


SravsCulinaryConcepts said...

Thanks dear for visiting my blog and for ur sweet comments !! u have excellent blog and nice collection of recipes !! Happy to follow u !!

Cheesecake looks so divine and very delicious !!! Loved it !!

Padhu said...

Looks gorgeous and beautiful pictures .I could not take my eyes off it

Kalpana Sareesh said...

Thanks u so much for visiting my blog n for ur comments!!! U hv a perfect n yumm yumm dishes.. n chesse cake awesome perfect!!! Happy to follow u dear!!!

Nachiketa said...

looks really yummy :)

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Torviewtoronto said...

thank you for linking this superb dessert

kaveri said...

The cake looks awesome...You have a healthy set of to follow you...

Nava.K said...

Looks superb and so yummy. You bake so well and you have amazing recipes I like, we love vegetarian food at home although we are not 100% vegetarians.

Thanks for your visit on my blog, nice knowing and we will keep in touch with our recipes.

Ila said...

yummy and awesome cake :) tempting :)

Sensible Vegetarian said...

Thanks all for your comments, really appreciate your time and your feedback is always welcome.

Kristen said...

By looking at that cheesecake, no one would ever guess that you used so many alternative ingredients. It's just beautiful.

nisha said...

Thank you for dropping by . You have a unique space. I'll be dropping by often.

Jennifurla said...

LOOKS DIVINE, lovely blog! I could learn alot here.

saffronstreaks said...

I was browsing thru your blog and this one caught my attention, must say the cheese cake is wonderful, like the idea of using almond scones for crust

The Pumpkin Farm said...

Hey, thanks for stopping by and your lovely comments. You have a great blog yourself, you have a regular visitor now on to check dishes like the above.

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