When I was young, there was nothing better than going over to my Grandmother's house. There, she would spoil me with love, play endless 'color' games, and fill me with the best tasting food ever. Often times, well actually, every time, there was a special treat awaiting for me after a bountiful lunch. Sometimes, it was her special brownies with a chocolate frosting -- and others, a berry-swirl cheesecake that would melt in my mouth.
As I grew (a little) older, we would make these pies together; we would mix the crust and press it into the pie pan. We would blend up the 'cheesecake' and 'swirl' fillings and magically whirl them into a swirl of contrasting colors. Once it was topped with berries, in the refrigerator it would go, and we would wait as patiently as two dessert lovers could. Finally, when our pure desire to deliciously consume our creation would meet ripe timing, we would sit together by the window and share -- not just a piece, but the entire pie.
This Berry-Swirl Cheesecake -- is my Memaw's recipe perfected into the guilt-free and sense-satisfying delight of a raw, vegan pie. The ingredients are a bit different from her's -- with the exception of one, key ingredient: LOVE. When you're ready to create this recipe, pick the berry that calls you most -- and magically swirl it with delight. Then, when your pure desire to consume meets the ripe (it's ready!) timing, share the entire pie too -- with those that you cherish most.