oday I’m making amazing egg free, no-bake passion fruit cheesecake! Since my yummy dessert is no-bake I won’t even need to use my oven, which is very convenient since the summer is in its full swing! Awesome, right?
A Few Words about Passion Fruit
Passion fruit! Two words, one cute flower, one tasty fruit and that’s it, nothing more to be said about it, right?! Well – wrong! I can bet my best spatula that, when you think about passion fruit, never, and I mean never, would you think of suffering and death of Jesus Christ! Am I right or am I right?! Well, here’s the story!
Passiflora edulis, in Latin, or passion fruit as we know it, is a plant that originates from Brazil. Back in the 17th century, Brazil was the only place on earth where you could find it, but that is not the most important thing in this story! No, Jesuit missionaries are! You see, Jesuit missionaries were converting people to Christianity all over the world, but in Brazil, somehow, somebody found a rather peculiar ‘teaching aid’ – and yes, it was the passion fruit! They used the passion fruit’s flower to “explain” the passion of Jesus – meaning, every part of the flower was representing a certain step or an image related to the crucifixion of Jesus Christ! Weird stuff, ha?!
The three styles represent the three nails; the five stamens represent the five wounds on the body of Christ; the ovary, which is oval and set on a stalk is a hammer used to drive the nails; the spiky corona, visible above the petals is the crown of thorns, and ten petals are ten “good” apostles – Judas and Peter were not included for obvious reasons! How about that?! Boooom! Mind blowing!
One humble, pretty flower and one small, colorful plant burdened with such a humongous load, I still can’t wrap my mind around it, no matter how many times I tell this story!
My No-Bake Passion Fruit Cheesecake
OK, back to the future, as they say, and in our future I see a wonderful, extra yummy and simple dessert, so let me show you how to make it!
I will make simple crust suing graham cracker crumbs and melted butter. Then, I’ll make delicious egg free cream cheese mousse which I’ll enrich with pure vanilla. When my mousse sets, I’ll make cream cheese and passion fruit mousse and pour it onto my first mousse. When my second mousse sets, I will decorate my cheesecake with lots of fresh fruits. And that’s it! Easy-peasy! No-bake passion fruit cheesecake, here we come!
Well, what do you think about this post?
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