Tuesday, January 24, 2012

raw dessert class

Hello to my fellow frolickers! Wow, what a while it has been since I truly posted on the blog. The holidays seemed to have gotten the best of me and my spare time - hope you have all had a wonderful end to last year, and a fantastic new beginning to 2012.

What a busy few weeks it has been; towards the beginning of December, I taught a Raw Dessert Class as part of the Adult Evening Specialty cooking class series at the Real Canadian Superstore. For this class, I taught the basics of raw food dessert preparation to nine lucky ladies. The evening's menu included Raspberry Cream and Caramel Tarts, Banana Soft Serve with Chocolate Cake, and a Layered Parfait with Seasonal Fruit Compote.

These lovely ladies were so enthusiastic about raw desserts!

getting organized is half the battle...

the Whipped Chocolate Mousse and Cashew Cream ingredients for the parfait, ready for action.

Layered Parfait with Seasonal Fruit Compote
Serves 4-5 depending on size of the parfait

Parfait Cream
1 cup cashews, soaked overnight (yields 1 ½ cups soaked cashews)
¼ cup + 2 tbsp maple syrup to taste
3 tsp melted coconut oil
2 tsp lecithin granules
1 tsp vanilla (or the seeds of 1 vanilla bean)

Whipped Chocolate Mousse
the flesh of 3 ripe avocados
3 tbsp unsweetened cocao or raw cacao powder
¼ cup maple syrup + 1 tbsp to taste
16 soaked dates

Process ingredients together in a food processor until smooth.

Fruit Compote
3 cups your choice of seasonal, fresh berries (thawed, frozen raspberries)
1 pomegranate, de-seeded
1 tbsp maple syrup (optional)

Blend ½ of the mixture of berries in a blender until a semi-smooth consistency. Mix with the remaining berries and sweetener. If using frozen berries, simply thaw, mash with sweetener, and serve.

½ cup almonds
½ cup dates

Process Crumble ingredients in a food processor until they are well-combined with a crumble texture.

To assemble the Parfait, layer Parfait Cream, Fruit Compote, and Crumble, in a parfait glass. Top with berries and enjoy!

Me and Marilyn, the cooking school's co-ordinator; the class took place on her second to last day before retirement. 

Me with some of my amazing yoga friends, Sarah and Nancy; so pleased to have them attend the class.

By the end of the night, these ladies were all raw dessert mavens. A beautiful class photo!


The Cooking Lady said...

I too, teach vegan and raw food classes at my local heath food sotre, and the classes are packed. I thnk there is a small revolution taking place in the world of health and people are beginning to realize jusy how twisted our government is and that truly your doctor does not want you to get better, becuse he would lose to much money on you. Enjoyed your blog.

Elizabeth said...

Looks like a fantastic class. I bet they were all so grateful to learn how to make those beautiful desserts.
Peace and Raw Health,

barefoot_and_frolicking said...

Thanks ladies! I agree, I think there is definitely a sort of food-health journey currently taking place; people are wanting to elevate their health and well-being :)

Jodi~GettingRaw said...

This parfait looks delish! and I am so anxious to try it. Looks like you had a great class and I bet they were blown away by how great it all tasted!

barefoot_and_frolicking said...

Thanks Jodi! The parfait was super delicious and easy to make - we all loved it :) Hope you enjoy it too!

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