oday I am making an extremely simple and easy, yet awesomly delicious and gluten free dessert – no-bake fig, walnut and honey cheesecake! Good stuff!
A Few Words About Figs
Before I show you how to make it, let me tell you a few words about a wonderful flower that is most often so unjustly neglected, and almost never has a chance to shine under the spotlights. Figs! “Figs?!”, I hear you ask in disbelief, “Are you all right Tereza, what flower, what are you talking about?!” Well, I’m quite well, thanks for asking, and yes – in simple terms, figs are technically not a fruit ― they are inverted flowers!
You see, fig trees don’t flower like apples and peaches. Their flowers bloom inside the pear-shaped pod, which later matures into the fruit we eat. Each flower then produces a single, one-seeded, hard-shelled fruit called achene ― that’s what gives the fig the crunch we know ― and the fig is made up of multiple achene. So, when we eat a fig we are actually eating multiple fruits. Mind-blowing, right? However, that’s not the end of the uniqueness that sets the fig apart.
Since fig flowers bloom internally, they need a special process for pollination, since bees are useless in this case, and that’s where the fig wasp comes in. I will not get into details since this is a rather complicated relationship, but let me just say that without wasps there would be no figs, and vice versa – without figs there would not be wasps. Amazing! Of course, modern science has developed a way to produce self-pollinating cultivars, so the figs can reproduce without wasps, but still – mind-blowing stuff, don’t you agree? O.K., if you want to hear more interesting stuff about figs, listen to my educational intro! :)
My No-Bake Fig, Walnut and Honey Cheesecake
As I already mentioned, my no-bake fig, walnut and honey cheesecake is simple, delicious and gluten free! So today, I will make the cheesecake base out of walnuts, dried figs, orange zest, orange juice and some honey. Easy and super tasty! Next, I’ll make cream cheese mousse and pour it onto the base. When my cheesecake sets, I will top it with beautiful fresh figs, and drizzle some honey over them. Awesome! Now, if figs aren’t your cup of tea, take a glimpse at my other cheesecake recipes like, for example – , , , , , or , I hope you’ll find something you’ll like! So, without further ado I’ll get to work and show you how to make one super yummy, no bake, fig, walnut and honey cheesecake!
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