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Old 10-03-2007, 12:28 PM
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Strawberry Shortcake

Being born in July, strawberry shortcake was my de facto birthday treat for years. Don't ask me why I finally decided to attempt a raw version of this childhood favorite right at the end of strawberry season. Not great timing I know, but what can I say?

My friend and gifted chef, Chantale, offers a fantastic shortcake at her raw deli so I thought I'd see what I could come up with.


Strawberry Shortcake
Inspired by Cafe Gratitude's I Am Rapture

This recipe is for a 6" diameter pan or tub.

Cake
3/4 cup well packed dates, chopped
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon vanilla
Pinch salt
1 cup ground almonds or loosely packed left-over pulp from making milk (wet pulp is fine)
1 cup dried coconut
1/2 cup cashews

Whipped Cream
1 cup cashews
1 cup + 2 tablespoons fresh coconut milk (simply blend 1 part dried coconut with 3 parts water in high speed blender)
1/8 - 1/4 cup honey or agave (depending on how sweet you like it)
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon vanilla
Pinch of salt
1/2 cup coconut butter, melted
1 tablespoon lecithin*

Strawberry Layer and Decoration
1 1/2 cups strawberries, sliced

*Lecithin is derived from soybeans and acts as an emulsifier. Look for lecithin (preferably non-GMO), in granules or powdered form, at your local HFS. If using granules, make sure to grind them up in a high speed blender of coffee grinder.

To make the Whipped Cream:
Blend all ingredients except lecithin until smooth. Add lecithin and blend until thoroughly mixed. Set in fridge for about 1 hr.

I ended up having too much cream for the cake, but not to worry; I'm sure I'll find a few other uses for it.

To make the Cake:
Place dates in food processor and process until a smooth paste forms. You may need to add a little water.

Then add the rest of the ingredients and mix until smooth.

Assembly:
Grease a spring form pan with a little coconut butter or line a large margarine tub with plastic film.

Next form an even layer on the bottom with half of the cake mixture.

Top with 1/2 of the strawberries, followed by some of the whipped cream. Set in fridge for 20 mins.

When firm, form another cake layer. Then top with more strawberries. (Remember to save a few for decoration).

Again top with whipped cream and set in fridge 20-30 mins.

When firm, gently remove cake from the pan or margarine tub and place on serving plate. Decorate with strawberry slices and serve.

Carmella's Notes:
~ You can replace the lecithin with 1 tbs + 1 tsp psyllium flakes (NOT powder), you will have to let the cream set in the freezer rather than in the fridge. The consistency won't be as fluffy and hold its shape as well at room temperature.

~ In order for each layer to retain its distinctive shape, it's key to let the whipped cream layer set in the fridge before patting down the cake layer. Yah, yah, I know it's just for visual purposes, but hey, remember that we taste with our eyes first.

~ For a simpler version of this, simply put a cake layer, followed by strawberries. Top with whipped cream and let set in the fridge. Decorate with strawberry slices and serve. Perhaps not as impressive but definitely still as delicious!
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Old 10-03-2007, 02:22 PM
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oh honey!!!
this is JUST what the dr ordered!
thanks soooo much for posting this
i love you!
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Old 10-03-2007, 02:37 PM
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Yay! So happy the timing is spot on for you, dear snow!

Enjoy!
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Old 10-03-2007, 02:40 PM
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Carmi you should ask if you can sell them at Chantale's """would she""""? let you??? Wow ; great job ! Carmi cRAWker un cooker you! Joz

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Old 10-03-2007, 07:47 PM
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Muah !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


You're the BESTEST.....we reallllllllllllllllly appreciate you taking the time to post the recipe and directions.


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Old 10-04-2007, 08:01 AM
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Thanks girls! We had some again last night and it truly is awesome! To me, it tasted just like the real thing! Yum! Yum! Yum!

Jozzie,
Hum, Chantale already sells her own version of shortcake at her deli so I very much doubt it.

ML aka CCF,
You're most welcomest! It's always such a pleasure to share; almost as good as the raw goodies themselves.
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Old 10-04-2007, 08:42 AM
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That is like a piece of art! Yuuuuummmmmmmm!
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Old 10-12-2007, 02:55 PM
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gurl, this looks like something ill have to teach at my dessert class!!!!!
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Old 10-12-2007, 03:39 PM
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gurl, this looks like something ill have to teach at my dessert class!!!!!
Oh yay! It is definitely high on the yum-yum scale and easy to make. The only thing is how you have to let the cream layer set in the fridge/freezer as you go. I suppose it could be weaved in throughout your class. Something along those lines...

*with your best professional teacher's voice*

"Alright. Before working on today's next recipe, let's have a look at our shortcake and see how it's doing. Looking mighty good! We'll go ahead and work on the next layer."

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Old 10-12-2007, 04:10 PM
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Carmi cRAWker: it's time you use this recipe and make it into Banana Chocolate Cake ? I'd say it's time ! Strawberries are over; now poor banana to the rescue ! LOL
For piping the whipped cream; take a ziplog baggie and fill it with cream. Squish it to form a cone; then snip a tip off with scissors. and pipe out! layer banana slices and top with more banana slices.????? can't wait; Joz
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Awesome idea Jozzie girl!

But wait, me wanna play around with pear desserts while it's the season. Any ideas?
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Old 10-12-2007, 08:18 PM
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Ideas? what's that? Ha??????? ja a few; I'll e-mail you and then you create and post pictures and recipes? Ah those ideas. LOL Joz
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Tried the shortcake

I made the shorcake tonight and it was really very good! Strawberry season is over so I only had enough to top the cake. It was very very good!

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Glad you enjoyed it, Flandria.

I can't believe how much your pic looks like the Chocolate Strawberry Cream Cake I made for Heathy's arrival.
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Old 01-06-2008, 08:22 PM
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short cake

oh my gosh! weird!

I was trying to figure out what would be the best configuration for laying out the straberries...first I thought maybe horizontally but then I don't have enough strawberries, then I thought maybe make it bloom out like a flower and I think I've seen some pictures of similar types of design in cakes...

that's neato!
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