Saturday, June 29, 2013

No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake Recipe

No bake Strawberry Cheesecake

Making this was tricky since I am new to the complex world of gelatine. I bought gelatine for the first time. Anxious to use it as soon as I got home, I made milk jelly and that worked.

With great enthusiasm and not realising that the concept of beginners luck is well and truly alive, I attempted strawberry cheesecake. First attempt, almost disaster. The filing did not firm up, still delicious as a strawberry cheesecake milkshake! Second attempt, same results, and I thought people learn from their mistakes. Apparently not everyone does. To convert  strawberry cheesecake milkshake into strawberry cheesecake, I warmed the mixture gently and chilled it again. It worked. The gelatine did not fully dissolve the first time around.

After making the same mistake twice, I realise that I missed a crucial step, to warm the gelatine water mixture so that it fully dissolves. 

So, if you make this and the mixture is still runny, warm it up and chill again.

Adopted from Epicurious

¼ cup water  
1 tablespoon unflavored gelatin (measured from 2 envelopes)
12 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
1 cup sour cream or whipping cream
1 cup sugar (I used ½ cup)
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1-2 cups strawberries

⅓ cup (40g) almond meal
¾ cup (105g) plain flour
¼ cup (55g) caster (superfine) sugar
90g butter, chopped

1.      To make the base: place the almond meal, flour, sugar and butter in a bowl. Rub the mixture with your fingertips until a rough dough forms. 
2.      Line the base of a 20cm-round springform tin with baking paper. Place the base mixture into the base and flatten. Bake at 150°C/350°F until light golden, about 12-15 minutes. It will be a delicious cookie but don't eat it. 
3.      To make the filing: Pour ¼ cup water into small saucepan; sprinkle gelatin over. Let stand 10 minutes. Stir over very low heat just until gelatin dissolves. Set aside.
4.      Blend cream cheese, cream, sugar, and lemon juice in processor until smooth. Add berries; puree until smooth (some berry bits will remain, don't worry).
5.   With machine running, add warm gelatin mixture through feed tube and blend well.
6.   Pour filling into crust. Cover; chill overnight. .

No bake Strawberry Cheesecake


  1. This mini-cheesecake looks really cute. Congratulations! Powdered gelatin should be dissolved in warm water (no need to warm it, just pour it over the gelatin and mix with a spoon;I even dissolve it in hot water), otherwise it doesn't work or you end up with small undissolved bits of gelatin....

  2. Thanks for the tips, I will try hot water next time

    1. I have just made some unbaked cheesecakes today and thought about you and your gelatin adventures ;-)

    2. Thank you. I am sure yours were a success, as always:)


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