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orange whisky chocolate cream

December 1, 2012

Makes one jar
Prep time: 5 mins, plus cashew soaking time

Choc sauce overhead

This is the stuff.  When I first tried it my eyes rolled back in my head and I had to sit down for a moment.  Then it had the same effect on my hard-to-please hubby.  It just tastes too Christmassy for words.

You’d never know it by the flavour but, leaving aside the whisky – which is only a tiny-ish splash anyway – it is actually quite healthy.  Although I suppose that depends on which definition of healthy you happen to favour.  It certainly isn’t low-carb or low-fat or low-calorie.  But it is made out of very good nutritious things, jam packed with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and fibre.  A great excuse to go ahead, whip up a batch and stick your fist right in, I say.

Cashew cream is a mainstay of most vegan cooks’ repertoires.  This version has cocoa, dates, whisky, orange zest and coconut oil to make a beautifully rich cream that thickens in the fridge to spreadable consistency.

It is very versatile.  For example, it could be part of a grown-up Christmas breakfast as a spread for crumpets or a filling for crepes (it would definitely pair well with Buck’s Fizz).  It could be a luscious layer in a vegan trifle, or the filling for a boozy yule log.  I can see myself piping it on to mince pies instead of the upper pastry layer.  And of course it can be spooned directly into the mouth, though you should expect to get some on your chin, it is that kind of stuff.

If you own a high-speed blender you can make it in seconds.  If you just have a normal blender or food processor you can still make it but you’ll have to whizz it for longer to get it smooth.  It will help if you soften up the dates by soaking them in the milk overnight in the fridge.  Don’t soak them in water like the cashews – some of the dates’ sweetness will leach out into the liquid and you don’t want to lose those sugars.

In search of the ultimate Christmassy chocolate cream I tried numerous flavours this week.  As a result I have been getting through a lot of cashews.  This is not helped by the arrival in my life of this book and its frankly epiphanic (do I exaggerate?  I think not!) cashew cheese recipes.  I’ll be posting shortly about my quest to find the UK’s cheapest source of cashews.

 

Ingredients

Raw cashews, 75g, soaked in water for 3-8 hours
Eight dates
Non-dairy milk, 80ml
Whisky, 20ml
Cocoa powder, 3 tbsp or to taste
Coconut oil, 1 tbsp
Maple syrup, 1 tbsp or to taste
Zest of 1/2 orange, finely grated
Pinch of salt

Drain and rinse the cashews, then put in a blender or food processor with all the other ingredients.  Blend for a long time, until smooth.  Scrape into a jar.  Lick the bowl clean.  Refrigerate until needed.

 
Choc sauce

 

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2 Comments
  1. Chocolate is always tempting. Need to try this one. Good one!

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