janet @ the taste space

Raw Strawberry Cream Tart

In Mains (Vegetarian) on July 12, 2012 at 6:02 AM

I am making babies.

(It is true that Rob and I recently celebrated our “common law” status after a year of living together, but I am not talking about our eventual (not now) cute kids)

I am talking about squash babies!

It looks like my hand pollination of the kabocha squash was successful, with at least 2, maybe 3 baby squashes rapidly ballooning in size. This kabocha squash business is actually very high maintenance. Not only do I water them twice a day, I now inspect the blossoms to scout out the females. I am not leaving anything to chance and work my magic before the bees come a-buzzin. Seems to be working so far!

Just late last week, Melissa Clark at the New York Times had a post (and video) about eating squash blossoms. The best part? They weren’t deep-fried! Her recipe was for a simple cheese and tapenade filling that used the blossoms as a wrap. While Rob and I nibbled on a few male blossoms this weekend, we’ll have to see how I incorporate them into a bona fide meal. Somehow, I feel like it is more about the filling then the wrap, since it just tasted like a sweet veggie wrap!

I seem to be late with all my strawberry loving this year, but the strawberries keep coming! Looks like the second round might be knocking.

This, however, was my birthday cake from my brunch. I was inspired by Lisa’s raw strawberry tart, not only because it was topped by loads of strawberries, but also because the cream of the tart wasn’t based entirely on cashews. Instead, a frozen banana is whipped inside to create a creamy, looser filling, of which strawberries are nestled overtop. Although it seemed like just a simple garnish, the fresh mint and grated coconut added the extra dimension to make this a special cake. Because this tart is made with frozen banana, it is best eaten fresh. I swear the base was a more creamy yellow a few hours before I took the photos but I had problems with oxidation again! Arg! 😉

This is being submitted to this week’s Weekend Herb Blogging, hosted by Anca, Healthy Vegan Friday and to this week’s Wellness Weekend.

Raw Strawberry Cream Tart
Adapted from Vegan Culinary Crusade

1 cup raw almonds
1/2 cup raw Brazil nuts
1/3 cup Medjool dates, pitted, soaked and drained
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
pinch of sea salt

1/4 cup cashews, soaked at least 2 hours then drained
2 tbsp water
1 banana, peeled, sliced and frozen
zest of 1 lemon

2 cups strawberries, chopped
1 tbsp fresh mint, thinly sliced
1 tbsp unsweetened shredded coconut

1. In food processor fitted with an S-blade, pulse to grind the almonds,  Brazil nuts and salt until almost finely ground. Drop in the dates and vanilla and allow to combine. If it is too dry, add in some water. Press into a 9-inch springform pan or pie glass. Don’t forget the sides, too. Wipe the food processor clean.

2. In food processor fitted with an S-blade, combine the cashews and water until a thick paste is formed. Add the banana and lemon zest and continue to process until completely smooth. Spread evenly overtop the prepared pie crust.

3. Top tart with chopped strawberries, and scatter mint and coconut overtop. Chill until serving.

Serves 6.

  1. Congrats on your recent common law anniversary, and on you successful squash-mating. Ah, modern relationships. 😉 I love squash blossoms – will you be posting your creation?

    Love this tart – all of your raw dessert creations have has be drooling lately!

  2. One year is indeed an important anniversary–congrats! I love the idea of this tart. Not only is it healthy, it is gorgeous as well.

  3. Congrats on your common law anniversary! So exciting! Also yay for squash babies 🙂

    This tart looks awesome- I love the trick of blending a frozen banana into the filling to add bulk. I use that trick myself in raw desserts since it adds sweetness and makes the whole thing lighter than if you used more nuts! I totally feel your strawberry love too- we might as well gorge on them while we can!

  4. You are quite the fertility specialist. 😛 Are you sure you shouldn’t be doing your residency in ob/gyn instead of path? 😛

    This tart is gorgeous! I love the banana added in. Nut-based raw desserts can be so heavy but I bet the banana really lightens the whole thing up!

  5. Oh my gracious, what a beautiful dessert!

  6. OMG, I LOVE this! I will absolutely make it this week! It’s been pinned!

  7. Congrats dear Janet..this cake is beutiful and very good, thanks for your recipe….kiss elena

  8. Beautiful Dessert!
    I wonder if your boyfriend will still gasp at the words ‘making babies’!!! 😉
    Congrats on the big step – and you are a super girl for making this lovely dessert to celebrate 😉
    Kisses to the ‘babies’ ;D xoxo Ella

  9. that is an absolutely gorgeous tart! love the pretty coconut flakes on top and the fresh mint. makes it look like a piece of art!

  10. This tart is beautiful and sounds perfect for a summertime brunch. I love the combination of fresh strawberries with mint and coconut, and I think the banana would add a nice creaminess and flavour to the filling too!

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  14. how do you take such good pictures of the food? my pictures always come out terrible!

    • Aww, thanks for the vote of confidence! I really don’t do much but I try to use daylight from the late afternoon. It makes such better diffuse colours.. otherwise, I just snap away at a few different angles. 🙂

  15. Looks and sounds divine 🙂 I think I may have to make this for a ((my)) birthday next year!! 🙂

  16. My jaw just hit the floor! Amazing dessert! And all raw. Love, love, love! Good luck with the squash babies!!


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