Strawberry Cheezecake with Chocolate Crust

Sunday, January 29, 2012


Whenever I think of a dessert filled with love, it always has chocolate and strawberries in it.  Strawberry Chocolate Chip Ice Cream that Dayv and I used to share at Friendly's back in the day, Chocolate Covered Strawberries that I made last Valentine's Day.  Even our wedding cake was chocolate cake with strawberry filling(and vegan, gluten-free, and the best cake I've ever consumed).  So it's no surprise that when brainstorming of what special dessert I wanted to make for Dayv this Valentine's Day, chocolate and strawberries kept coming to mind.

This cheezecake was made with Dayv's love of cheesecake in mind.  Before going vegan, he loved frozen cheesecake.  On occasion, he would purchase one, keep it in the freezer, and eat one piece every night for dessert(the man has incredible self control).

This strawberry cheezecake got Dayv's seal of appoval tonight, which means it must be good.  He doesn't lie.  I hope you love it, too.

Chocolate Pie Crust
1/2 cup sorghum flour
1/4 cup teff flour
1/4 cup brown rice flour
2 tbsp tapioca flour
2 tbsp cocoa powder
1 tbsp sugar
3/4 tsp xanthan gum
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 cup of cold Earth Balance, cut into about 8 chunks
1/4 cup ice water(plus more if needed)

In a large bowl, combine flours, cocoa powder, sugar, xanthan gum, and sea salt.  Using a fork or pastry cutter, cut the Earth Balance into the mixture until it becomes evenly crumbly.

Add in the ice water(ice removed), and use a rubber spatula to mix everything together.  After a couple of minutes the dough should be smooth and hold together, and no longer contain any dry spots.  If necessary, add more cold water, one tablespoon at a time until desired texture is achieved, without it becoming wet or sticky.

Form into a ball and then pat into a disk.  Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least an hour.  If you are rushed on time, you can place the dough in the freezer for 15 minutes.

After the pie crust has been properly chilled, remove from refrigerator.  Preheat oven to 350.  Lightly grease a standard pie dish.

Roll out crust in between two pieces of parchment into a large circle(do not overwork, otherwise it will get very soft).  Peel off the top piece of parchment and gently flip into the pie dish.  Lightly press the crust into the dish and form the edges to your liking.  Use a fork to press several holes all over the crust.  Place dried beans in the bottom.  Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until crust looks finished baking, but not burnt at all(some parts may still look slightly undone and that's ok).

Remove from oven and allow to cool.  Remove the dried beans from the top of the crust and place in the refrigerator to chill until the filling is ready.

Strawberry Cheezecake
1 cup raw cashews, soaked in filtered water for at least 12 hours
1 1/2 cups of strawberries- washed, hulled, and cut into small pieces
1 can full-fat coconut milk
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
8 oz vegan cream cheese- cut into 1 tbsp chunks
to garnish- 3 strawberries- washed, hulled, and thinly sliced; 1/4 vegan chocolate chips, melted

In a medium sized saucepan over medium heat, combine strawberries, coconut milk, and sugar.  Stir continually and allow mixture to come to a boil.  Reduce heat to low and continue to stir.  Once all of the sugar has been dissolved and the coconut has turned opaque with no areas of white, remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract.  Place in blender and blend until the mixture is completely smooth and uniform in color and texture(about 1-2 minutes).  Cover and place mixture in the freezer until it is chilled(place in refrigerator if not rushed for time).

Drain cashews and place in food processor.  Process until completely smooth, scraping the sides down when necessary.  Once a thick and smooth cashew cream has been created, add in the strawberry coconut mixture and process again until it is creamy and uniform in color and texture(make sure there isn't any cashew cream sticking to the bottom).  Lastly, add in vegan cream cheese, and process again until thick, creamy, smooth, and consistent in color and texture.

Pour mixture into prepared pie crust.  Cover and place in freezer for about 12 hours, or until firm.

To garnish, simply place sliced strawberries on top of the chilled cheezecake.  Use a piping bag(if you want to be fancy), or a spoon, to drizzle melted chocolate over top.  

Allow to thaw for about 15 minutes on the counter before cutting slices.  Store in freezer. 

Enjoy!


This recipe was submitted to Fork and Beans Valentine's Day Bake Off!

44 comments:

  1. That looks so pretty! I have never been one for cheesecakes but I do adore strawberries combined with chocolate.

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    1. thank you, mel! i'm the same way. plain cheesecake was never appealing to me, but i loveddd it when chocolate was involved!

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  2. want x 1000!

    Its so so pretty.

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    1. yay, k! thank you ;) i love that you think it's so pretty <3 food is always better when it's pretty, too, right? ;)

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  3. The filling sounds so good I could just eat it by itself! Cashews and coconut milk and strawberries? Yes, please! Good luck in the contest!

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    1. totally, brooke! that's such a great idea. this could probably be a crustless pie!

      and thank you ;) you too!

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  4. Oh man - that is some tough competition..wait I am pretty sure I am drooling.

    That looks absolutely AMAZING - can you come over to my house and make that for me on Valentines Day, I don't think Dayv would mind as long as you kept one in the freezer for him :-)

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    1. i would LOVE to make one for you. how far away are you from philadelphia? ;)

      ps- i love that you're drooling <3

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    2. From Philly - I think we are about an 8 hour Drive :-)and we have a spare room :-)

      for the record, still drooling over this!

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  5. i think i am just not going to enter any more :D.. that cheesecake looks and sounds divine.. i am dreaming about all the creamy strawberry deliciousness... yummmmmmm.

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    1. haha lady! you have to enter- you're amazing. thank you <3

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  6. Wow - this looks wonderful!! It sounds delicious and perfect for Valentine's day!

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  7. This looks beautiful! And so delicious. Love the strawberries :)

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  8. What a fantastic dessert! Strawberries and chocolate make such a lovely pair.

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    1. thank you, tiffany! i agree, they're the perfect romantic pairing ;)

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  9. Yum! I love the idea of a strawberry cheezecake! I've never tried a vegan one but now I really want to.

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    1. thanks, russell! you should try a vegan cheezecake, you might be surprised at how much you like it!

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  10. Drooling...I am crazy about both strawberries and cheesecake. No gluten and no dairy? I'm sold!

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    1. i'm glad i sold you! i hope you love it ;)

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    1. thank you, janet! so nice of you to say ;)

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  12. I agree - strawberries and chocolate are the perfect combination for a Valentine's dessert...especially when you make such a pretty cheesecake with them! This sounds way better than any frozen cheesecake and I love the way you decorated the top! Heather's right - you will be tough competition in the bake-off!

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    1. thank you, genevieve! you're so sweet <3 everyone is so talented, though, it's gonna be a tough decision for the judges!

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  13. Loving the new blog look! Fancy pants, girl. Speaking of fancy, that cheezecake is having me drool--I cannot wait to make it! Man, I love my job :)

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    1. thank you!- i worked really hard all weekend(on my blog). i hope you love the cheezecake <3 i made it for dayv, but for you, too<3

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  14. I love this cheesecake! It is beautiful! And the new blog template is awesome! nice job! :)

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    1. thank you for all of your complements, sonnet!

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  15. That is probably the most beautiful cake I have ever seen. And the recipe seems very intriguing too. Thank you for sharing!

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    1. wow, miriam! that is the sweetest complement ever! thank you <3 and you are SO welcome!

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  16. Wish there were a soy free version, as I'm sensitive to soy as well as gluten (and egg and dairy and a number of other things that aren't related.)

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    1. jen-jen- i would suggest replacing the cream cheese with an additional 1 cup of raw cashews. not guaranteed, but i think it will work! or maybe an additional 1/2 cup of cashews and 1/4 cup of coconut oil. if you try out one of those variations, let me know how it turns out ;)

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  17. Would there be an alternative to tapioca flour?

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  18. Oh, dear...now THIS screams V-Day to me! The colors, the flavors, the whole picture. Drool!

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  19. Thank you so much for your sweet comment on my blog - The Fig Tree :)

    This dessert looks absolutely incredible!!!!! Wow. So pretty too!
    Looking forward to trying this recipe in the near future.

    Have a lovely day :)

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    1. you're welcome! your blog is fantastic ;)

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  20. OH MY GOODLY GOODNESS!

    This looks SO beautiful! And sounds divine! I would love to try making this

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    1. thank you, isobelle! that is SUCH a sweet complement! if you make it, i hope you love it!!

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  21. oh my goodness!!! i sooo need to make this...lol...i was wondering if i could substitute any other nut for the cashews cause cashews are sooo very expensive around here =(

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  22. I believe this person is using your image, just thought you might like to know! http://www.listia.com/auction/8326264-pink-strawberry-cheesecake-with-crust

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    1. thank you for alerting me, anon. not sure what i can do about it, though :/

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