Sweet Bases



Looking for an alternative sweet base to the usual biscuits and butter or short crust pastry?

Here are three gluten free sweet base options that you might like to try.*  They are all variations on a theme: dates and nuts and while I have only included the recipe for the bases, please visit the bakers’ websites for the rest of their recipes.  Alternatively you can try Matt Preston’s ‘Cheatscake’ Lime Pie

Happy baking!

Raspberry and Lime Cheesecake

From Courtney

1 ¼ cups almond meal

¼ cup flax meal

½ cup pitted dates

1 tablespoon coconut oil

Combine ingredients in a food processor until it clumps together.  Remove and press firmly into a greased pie or flan dish.  Freeze for 3 hours.  Once set, remove to fridge.

Raw Lime Pie

From Woolworths Fresh

1 cup walnuts

½ cup pitted dates

½ cup cocoa

Combine ingredients in a food processor until crushed.  Press mixture firmly into the base of pie dish or flan tin.  Freeze.

Chocolate Raspberry Tart

From Kathleen King’s Baking for Friends

1 cup pecans

1 cup almonds

1/3 cup pitted dates

In a food processor combine ingredients until it all becomes finely ground.  Transfer nut mixture into pie pan and press evenly to form a crust.  Refrigerate.

*My taste testers have very specific likes and dislikes. After all I am cooking for our 19 year old son and my 91 year old father. Therefore these bases are not to their liking. They like a crunch and so much preferred the almond meal, granulated sugar and butter style base.