Caramel Cream Barrels of pure joy. Love at first Bite!!! This little treat creates a burst of flavour to enjoy with the sound of a crack with the first bite followed by pure enjoyment. Ok, I am in love with this little creation and hope you are too. Enjoy.
Cookies & Caramel Cream
This recipe is appropriate for people who are following the Full GAPS Diet.
Pre-heat oven to 150 degrees Celsius for 10 minutes (no hotter)
Mix all ingredients in a bowl with a spoon, followed by massaging all the contents and squeezing the ingredients in your hands where you can feel the mixture starting to stick together and form shape. Depending on the consistency of the mixture, add more nut butter or coconut oil if it is too dry or more nut flour if it is too moist. You want to create a cookie dough so keep mixing and squeezing the contents with your hands so that the mixture can form a big ball ready for making smaller balls.
When you have rolled the cookie mixture into a ball on the bench top, pinch a section of the dough and roll the section into a ball approximately 4cm in width. Continue this until you have 24 balls ready.
Place each ball into mini round cardboard baking cups. These will be used as the mold for the entire cheesecake and they should be 5cm wide measured from the bottom.
Press the first layer with your thumb by pushing the ball down flat to make a base in the bottom of the cup ensureing it reaches all the sides with good coverage.
Place the baking cups onto a baking tray and place the tray in the preheated oven at no more than 150 degrees Celsius for 10 minutes, keeping a close eye on them to ensure they do not burn. Almond flour burns easily so do not cook any higher than 150 degrees Celsius.
Remove the tray from the oven after 10 minutes and let the cookies cool for 5 minutes and then place them in the fridge for 15 minutes to cool whilst you prepare the next layer.
Caramel Cream Filling
After soaking the Midjool dates for 20 minutes, add them to the thermomix or food processor with the remaining caramel Cream filling ingredients except for the gelatin powder and water.
Mix on a medium to high speed to combine all the ingredients to make a smooth sauce like consistency whilst occasionally stopping to wipe down the sides with the spatula to ensure all the ingredients are blended together evenly.
Place the gelatin powder in a small bowl or cup and add the warm water stiring well to make a consistency similar to apple sauce. Add this to the mixture in the thermomix and blend well.
Remove the baking cups from the fridge and add a spoonful of the mixture until all the ingredients is evenly dispersed in each cup.
With the back of a teaspoon, level out the cream centre so that it is reasonably flat and place the cups in the freezer for 15-20 minutes.
Place the nuts in the thermomix or blender to chop into the size you prefer to add as a nut sprinkle layer. I like to make ours a little bit chunky. You can also chop them if you wrap them inside a tea towel and bang them with a wooden rolling pin.
Sprinkle the nut mix evenly over the top of the coconut cream filling until distributed evenly in all 24 cups.
Simmer some water on a low heat in a saucepan and place a glass bowl over the simmering water. I like to use a pyrex jug (size measures 4 cups) for this as it works nicely to pour the ingredients later.
Add the cacao butter to the glass bowl and melt the cacao butter completely. (CAUTION: Keep the heat at a low temperature so that the steam does not cause any water residue within the glass bowl and make sure all your utensils and materials do not have any water on them because any water contaminating the mixture will cause lumps and clumps and spoil the smooth chocolate result).
Once melted, turn off the heat and add the cocao powder gradually whilst stirring continuously with a bone dry whisk until mixed well with no lumps. Add honey and vanilla essence and continue to whisk. Let the chocoloate topping cool for 5 minutes.
Pour chocolate mixture over the top and remember to allow some of the nuts to be exposed at the tops. This gives it character and encourages you not to over fill the top layer. Aim not to make the top layer too thick or it will make it difficult to bite into.
Refrigerate for 4 - 6 hour to fully set.
When all ingredients have set, you can tear the cardboard paper cups and slowly remove the cheesecake medallions from the cup casing to expose them for serving. I recommend you keep them in the baking cups until you are ready to serve or eat.