פֿילפֿאַרביק קערניק Spumoni Kernik and Vegan Shvies (Shavuot)
What is a kernik?
A sernik סערניק is a cheesecake, and kern קערן are nuts, seeds, and kernels. A kernik is a vegan cheesecake made with nuts, seeds, or kernels.
Why make a kernik?
While many pixels have been spilled on the plight of vegetarians at Peysekh, really, it is vegans to whom we owe some understanding at this joyous time of year. I feel this especially now. Last week I was explaining to a colleague my desire to make ever more creamy and succulent desserts for folks who don't eat milkhiks. She shrugged and said "they can just have fruit." Now, I think I have demonstrated here In Mol Araan that my enthusiasm for fruit can border on rhapsody, but I am not willing to impose a cheescake-free existence on anyone.
1 1/2 cups almond milk
One quart strawberries, 10 ounces weighed after hulling and washing
honey to taste
2 1/2 tablespoons mitoku agar (less if using Eden)
Blend the strawberries and almond milk ion a high speed blender and strain through a fine mesh sieve.
Heat 3 tablespoons water in your smallest saucepan. Sprinkle the agar on top and cook until dissolved. Blend with the strawberry mixture. Pour the batter into a six-inch spring form pan with the crust of your choice or as is.
two cups almonds
six bitter almonds*
water for soaking
three cups water
Soak the almonds and bitter almonds overnight in water. Discard the soaking water. decorticate the almonds and blend them with three cups water in a high-speed blender until the pulp is very fine (about two minutes). Strain through a fine mesh sieve or a nut-milk strainer. You may dry the almond pulp to use as almond flour in gluten-free recipes.
Two recipes Chocolate Pecan Crust
One recipe Strawberry Kernik
One recipe Chocolate Kernik
One recipe Banana Kernik
One recipe Pistachio Kernik
Pistachio Kernik in Yiddish with picture.
*What are bitter almonds?
Bitter almonds are actually not almonds at all, but apricot kernels (sometimes called apricot seeds by marketers). they are safe, legal, and delicious. All marzipans, all almond pastes, and all almond extracts are in fact made with apricot kernels, not almonds. You can find them in some ethnic grocery stores and health food stores, and you can order them online. If you cannot easily get a hold of any, you may certainly leave them out. What you may not do, under any circumstances, is substitute almond extract. There may be situations in which you will want almond extract,and in such cases it is worthwhile to go to the trouble and expense of getting something very good. Supermarket almond extracts will all too frequently impart a vulgar flavor that is perfumey, excessively "extracty," and fake-tasting, even when they are "all-natural".
For Vegan Shvies survival see also
Orange Strawberry Banana Kernik