Ahhhh January 26th. Australia Day. An iconic day where we celebrate our nation’s beginnings and embrace our inner bogan…. *ahem* I mean patriot. We Aussies like our Summers hot, our beers cold, our beaches sandy and our bodies bronzed. Well most of us anyway. We also have this little thing about plastering our flag everywhere, including ourselves. But hey, it’s what we do. With Australia day only a week away or so, I got to thinking about what fabulous dessert I was going to whip up for it. I always make something, and I knew I had to get into the spirit and create a dessert that was truly Australian. Naturally I went to the simplest of all desserts. A dessert that can be gluten free so easily and so well that no one can ever tell! Enter my simply Australian, No-Bake Gluten Free Mango Cheesecake!
I will admit, for about a second I did consider creating the Aussie flag in cheesecake form… but, well that might be taking it a step too far. Then I considered a lamington styled cheesecake, which is still something I’m thinking about. I need to really think about the flavours before venturing in that direction though. For now, I knew I wanted a dessert that showed off our lesser seen colours of green and gold and it just had to imbue everything that is an Australian summer.
What do you think of when I say ‘Aussie Summer’?
I know several friends of mine would jump up and down and scream Mango, mango, mango! I mean what is a summer feast without a perfectly ripened mango….. well in my mind, it’s a good one! Ahhh yes, my little secret is out in the world now. I don’t like mango. I think I must be one of the few Australians who don’t! You should see the looks I get when I actively avoid it too, god it’s like I’m burning the flag or something!
So I thought I would push myself out of comfort zone and whip up a delicious Aussie gluten free mango cheesecake. I absolutely packed it full of mango and hey, guess what, I actually liked it! I mean I avoided the plain fruit on top, because, yuck! Seriously, I know I’m weird. I’ll drink mango and orange juice. I’ll even eat those delicious mango Weiss bars. But put a raw fruit in front of me and I want to hurl! Some how though, I pushed past it and yet again, when it’s mixed in with other delectable goodies, I bloody love mango! This cheesecake is so gorgeous and light and the perfect end to a summer BBQ, that I guarantee almost everybody will love it!! (even the weirdo mango haters like me!)
So if you need a dessert to take along to a little shindig, or you’re just feeling patriotic… or hell, maybe you just feel like cheesecake. This baby is for you.
Try my No-Bake Gluten Free Mango cheesecake this summer!!
Now grab a can of Export, whack your thongs on, turn up the ACDC and let’s get cooking!
Want more cheesecake inspiration? Check out these beauties while you’re at it!!