Passionfruit, white chocolate and cashew cheesecake
Serves 4 INGREDIENTS Base: 3/4 cup raw almonds, 1⁄4 cup pistachios, 1 cup desiccated coconut, 8 Medijool dates (170g pitted), 1 vanilla bean, seeds only, 3 tbs of passionfruit seeds only, pinch of salt. Cheesecake: 440g cashews (soaked overnight), 250g lemon and lime juice, 250g honey (or raw honey or agave), 270g extra virgin coconut oil, 2 vanilla beans (seeds only), 1⁄2 tsp salt, 1 tbs each lime and lemon zest, 13⁄4 cup passionfruit seedless pulp (about 6 passionfruit), reserve seeds for base. Garnish: 200g block of good quality white chocolate, shaved (optional for lactose free), 2 small passionfruit, halved and placed on top, 1 tbs each of lime and lemon zest. METHOD Soak cashews overnight in water, or pour boiling water over cashews and soak for two hours. Remove passionfruit pulp and place in a bowl, microwave for 30 seconds on high, then strain through a fine sieve. Reserve the juice and seeds. Zest and juice the lemons and limes, set aside. Line the base of a 26cm spring form cake tin with baking paper. To make the base, place almonds, pistachios, desiccated coconut, dates, vanilla, passionfruit seeds and salt in a food processor. Process until the mixture resembles a fine crumb and comes together when pressed. Place crumb into the cake tin and press down evenly to form the base. Chill in freezer. Melt the coconut oil in the microwave at 10-second bursts until it becomes liquid. To make cheesecake layer, place drained soaked cashews, lemon and lime juice, honey, vanilla, salt, melted coconut oil and zest into the food processor. Blend until very smooth and well combined. Pour half the mixture into the cake tin and tap to level out the filling. Place in freezer to set for an hour. In the meantime, blend the other half of the filling with passionfruit pulp until well combined. Then pour over chilled first layer and set in freezer for at least 2 hours. Prepare the garnish, using a vegetable peeler to shave white chocolate into ribbons. Cut passionfruit into halves. When cake is set, remove from freezer, and with a wooden skewer, release the edges of the cake before removing it. Scatter shaved white chocolate and zests around the centre of the cake and top with halved passionfruit. Enjoy frozen or chilled.