Frozen Pink Cheesecake

Alright, let’s make this official. We have been dreaming, talking, tweeting and planning this. But let us once and for all put it in writing.

In just a couple of months – from 1 October to be specific – we are leaving Sweden for 6 months to travel the world, spend time with our daughter (and each other), get sunburned, blog a lot, eat well, read books and just relaaaax.

I’ll go on six months paid(!) paternity leave and Luise will be on leave of absence. We’ve actually been talking about doing something like this since the first day we met, and when we found out that we were becoming parents we started saving up for it. We are unbelievably happy and grateful that we get the chance to go through with it.

Our travel plans are still very loose, what we know for sure is that we want to spend a couple of months in California. Maybe we’ll start out in San Francisco and then move down to San Diego. After that we might go to South America or Vietnam or maybe we’ll take to Australia… we’ll see how it goes and how Elsa feels about it, and how far we can come before we’ll run out of money. We would love to hear about your traveling tips and do’s and don’ts when traveling with small children.

To celebrate this decision we made ourselves a summer cake.

This is our own very simple version of a cheesecake. No sugar, butter or flour added. And you don’t need an oven to make it (but you do need a freezer). We made the crust sweet and crunchy by using almonds, coconut oil and dates. And kept the filling quite fresh with mascarpone cheese, curd, honey and fresh strawberries and raspberries. I can easily go on and on about how good this cake tasted, but instead I just encourage you to try it for yourselves. Make it on a hot summer day and eat it outside before it melts away.

Frozen Pink Cheesecake

Crust:
300 g (2 cups) almonds
10-12 fresh dates, pitted
2 tbsp coconut oil
a pinch of salt

Filling:
2 cups fresh (or frozen) raspberries & strawberries
juice from 1/2 lemon
1/2 cup honey
1 cup mascarpone cheese
1 cup
quark or curd (you could probably also replace it with a fat Greek or Turkish yogurt)

Topping:
1 cup fresh summer fruit and a couple of edible flowers

Grind almonds in a blender or a food processor for about a minute. Add dates, coconut oil and salt and run the processor until it all comes together. Flatten it out on the bottom of an 8-inch non-stick spring form. Store in the fridge while you make the filling.

Blend berries, lemon juice and honey. Stir together mascarpone, curd and the blended berries in a large bowl. Pour it on top of the crust in the spring pan and put it in the freezer for 1-2 hours (you can keep it in the freezer for days but then you have to let it soften a bit before you serve it) .

Top the cake with fresh fruit and a couple of flowers. Serve immediately.

96 Comments

  • I am so inspired by your life! Please come to Australia! I would LOVE to show you around the beautiful Sydney! :-) Maria x
  • cheescake. mums. travel plans. double mums. just wanted to share an idea of going to australia. i've had almost 2 years off from the business side of life now. i started with a 6 months plan - 3 months in australia and 3 months in chamonix. simply because i love to ski and i wanted to see the land of oz. it was the best winter ever. then i continued with 6 months building a house on an island in finland (where i originally come from). and off i went to chamonix again, this time for 5 months. then i had a superb summer on the island, this time finishing the house. now i'm finally back in stockholm trying to get used to the vardag and routines after beeing traveling for about 20 months. i stayed at the west coast (WA) mostly, trying to learn to kitesurf. there is even a place called denmark, which actually reminds a lot of the cliffs and shores here in scandinavia. another fun destination was vanuatu, a 4 hour flight from sydney. probably one of the most beautiful and safest places on earth. and they also had the best beef (or happies cows) on earth. go your own path, avoid crowds and food chains. we rented a car and a minivan, which was our home on the road. good luck and keep safe!
  • You can't pass through Southern California without stopping in Los Angeles. While we're known for Hollywood, what we also have is specific neighborhoods dedicated to a specific cuisine, including Koreatown, Thai Town, San Gabriel Valley (referred to as the new Chinatown) and the Southbay (which has tremendous Japanese restaurants). Orange County has Little Saigon. Not that you won't be able to hit all those neighborhoods, but it's almost like eating around the world and not having to take a plane to do so. :)
  • It is the most beautiful thing to share food with your love one. Food always bring family together. Enjoy and treasure every single day.
  • Cajeta
    I am going to try to make that beautiful pink cheesecake! If you are coming to CA, I highly recommend staying in Big Sur for a few days. It is the most beautiful place in CA (to me) to camp or stay in a cabin & hike, walk along the beach, see otters & sea lions. From San Fran head south on Highway 1, Big Sur is between Santa Cruz & San Luis Opisbo. Santa Barbara is pretty sweet too.
  • Really... you couldn't have made a more beautiful cheesecake. This is just stunning and since I'm a cheesecake nut, this is making me incredibly hungry.
  • Wow! I never thought the day would come when I would find a healthy, but delicious looking cheesecake... I can't wait to try this recipe!
  • I envy your plan! And I love your pictures, wonderful! I'm sure your cake was as great too :)
  • This is amazing and different. I love the idea of making crust with almond and dates. Best of all no baking involved. The picture are simply gorgeous. This recipe will stay in my recipe book.
  • This is absolutely gorgeous. Best of luck on your world traveling adventures, and make sure you let the food bloggers of Southern California know when you get out this way! -Laura :)
  • OMG! Can't wait to leave for CA now! With all those incredible and amazing ideas for places to see, visit, stay and of course eat!!! ;) THANK YOU ALL so much, we are really happy for all your comments and friendly invitations! /Luise!
  • The cake looks delish!!
  • The cheesecake looks beautiful and I know you all will have such fun traveling!
  • This looks lovely! What a great sugar free dessert. Enjoy your trip!
  • YAY for California! My favorite places include: Yountville (next to Napa, so great vineyards and wineries! Stayed here and LOVED it http://www.maisonfleurienapa.com/), the Big Sur Coast, Monterey (and the really awesome aquarium!), Yosemite National Park (awesome camping! Check out Camp 4 inside the park...), and then we used to live in San Diego so we have a ton of favorite places there like Balboa Park, Coronado Island, Wild Animal Park, San Diego Zoo, etc., etc., etc. HAVE FUN!!! P.S. LOVE your blog!!!
  • How beautiful - it looks so delicate! I must try a frozen cheesecake. My mum took me on several trips like that when I was little - some of the best times of both our lives. Go for it!
    • Thanks, it is really delicate! Sounds like you had a wonderful time with your mom, amazing!! /Luise
  • The light in your photos is just exquisite. I'm intrigued by this recipe and will definitely keep it in mind for the (hopefully) warm months ahead. What an amazing country that grants you such a long leave. As you probably know, most fathers in the US get a few days off at best. If you come to Seattle (and you should!) I'd love to meet you guys!
    • Hi Dana, It's true that Sweden is amazing when it comes to these things, and we are truly thankful. It sort of makes it worthwhile living in this cold and dark part of the world... If we should decide to go to Seattle we might just give you a call. We can bake you a treat if you cook us dinner ;)
  • Such a beautiful take on cheesecake! And I am so excited for you as you take your 6 month break (well deserved, I'm sure). You're so lucky to have paid paternity leave for so long - one of the things Sweden gets so right is its parental rights! Lovely! Hope you do start your sojourn in SF - let me know, I'm in the Bay Area! There's much to see and eat here.
  • What a wonderful cake and what a wonderful vacation plan. You should definitely come to San Francisco. I live an hour and a half south of SF, in a beach town called Santa Cruz. Let me know when you are in town and my husband can take you surfing and I can take you and your wife to my favorite restaurant. Then you should drive down big sur and stop at the spas and hotels to eat. You'll love California!
  • Um, your photography and your food is the most beautiful thing I have ever seen. Seriously. Jaw. Droppingly. Gorgeous. And this cheesecake looks SO delicious. I'm torn between hungry and jealous, now. I want your food styling skills and your food! :D Jax x

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