Thursday, November 20, 2008

Easy Peasy No Bake Chilled Cheesecake

I made this for Neeza's birthday, and was planning to go to Jubayl to give it to her, but unfortunately Taufik had to work, so we had to cancel the trip :P (Sorry Neeza! Next time, eh?)

Caught Nigella making this on TV but I didnt have time to write down the recipe so I just winged it. Turned out not so bad, except for the topping which was too sweet. Next time I'd use fresh fruits or maybe just drizzle chocolate over it.
The texture of this cheesecake was really light and smooth and not so rich. You probably have to serve it chilled though, because it doesnt use any gelatine.

Easy Peasy No-Bake Chilled Cheesecake

10-12 Marie biscuits (Nigella used digestives)
2 tbsp soften butter/margerine
2 tbsp ground almonds, with 1/2 tbsp extra
300g pack of philly cream cheese @room temp
1/2 cup icing sugar (more if you like your cheesecake sweet)
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 tbsp lemon juice (more if you like your cheesecake tart)
1 cup whipping cream (I used vegetable whip topping)
Fruit topping (I used 3tbsp mixed fruit jam which is waaaay too sweet for me)

Brush sides of a round 8" springform pan with butter, then sprinkle some ground almonds, shake to distribute evenly and remove excess.
In a food processor, ground biscuits then mix with 2tbsp butter and 2tbsp ground almonds, to form crumblike dough. Press biscuit mixture on the bottom of springform pan. Leave to chill in the fridge while you prepare filling.
In a bowl, mix well cream cheese, icing sugar, vanilla essence and lemon juice. In another bowl, whip cream till soft peaks form (not stiff).
Fold cream into cheese mixture till well incorporated.
Pour filling into spring form pan.
Cover and chill for at least 2 hours.
To serve, run a knife on the sides of spring form pan before releasing the cheesecake.
Top with your favourite fruit (I carefully spreaded a thin layer of jam)

I find the layer of ground almonds on the sides help ease the release of the cake.
I also made my own cake board (the size of my spring form pan) so that i dont have to serve my cake in the bottom of my spring form pan. That also helped in making it easier to remove the cake.
I dont know how long this cake can last outside of the fridge. So far mine have been out for 2 hours and it's still standing.

Happy trying and tell me how yours turn out!


  1. Firhad3:55 PM

    Dearest Kak Liza,

    Please do compile all your recipe's into one of those yearly diaries, later you can also add recipes written on bits of paper, oil paper and cut outs from newspaper and magazines.

    Could be worth something for Anis later, don't you think?

  2. Elisa... just missed your blog for Luqman's birthday semalam... If not, sure I'll try to make one for him... hehehe..

  3. OMG that looks so DIVINE!!!

  4. yummmm!!!! I should have eaten that but.... it's okay.. not my rezeki yet.
    next time ya...

    thanks a lot for remembering and for the tu.. really... I really appreciate it!

    dapat tengok gambar pun ok gak kan ;)

  5. Dear K.Elisa,

    Tempted with your posting, I tried making the cheesecake... sedap giler...hehehe... instead of jam, I put on peach slices...thank you for sharing your 'easy peasy' recipes, a real help for lazy people like me. cheers!

  6. Firhad,
    I already have a notebook dedicated to recipes aje, but I think I'll prolly compile my blog posts into a photo/recipe book on one of those online sites.

    Tak payah tunggu occassion pun boleh buat.. ;)

    sedap giller okkkayyy?? senang lak tu.. I didnt even use a mixer. Guna whisk aje.

    Ada hikmah jugak tak dapat hantar kat you, because it was my first time try this recipe, takut tak sedap ke.. and memang betul, the topping was too sweet! When I make for you i will cari topping yang tak manis sangat. Lepas haji kita make a date, k?

    (eh nama you ina ke, Nora? confuse lah)
    YAY!!! Peach slices sounds really good, because they're not too sweet, kan?
    Thankyou for trying out my easy peasy recipes, I am a lazy cook myself, so I am more than happy to encourage other lazy cooks ;)

  7. HURRAH for msElisa! zunar suka giler cheesecake, and your resepi sounds so (ch)easy-peasy enough for orang malas macam akak ni to make one! Thank you, you!

  8. make one for my birthday tomorrow!!! sedapnyaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa......merah menyala!!!

  9. Dear Kak Elisa,

    I'm Ina from Khartoum... I got to know about your blog from Kak Olie's. Really like your culinary jam, I even tried making the rendang and kuah kacang from your entries. For a first timer, menjadik pulak tu...thanks again. Tapi I had to go through all your culinary jam to get to certain recipes... kalo it can be more specified lagi best... ecewah, mengada la pulak...Thanks again... please, please keep on posting all those wonderful desserts...hehehe...cheers!

  10. elisa,

    nak satu... slice pun jadik...

  11. I have always wanted to find the right recipe for a no bake cheesecake. Thanks dear...I plan to bring it along on a picnic this weekend!

  12. uuuuuuuuuu, I LOVE unbaked cheesecakes. Yum Yum.

  13. Oooh, i've actually tried this as well and it was a hit with my mom. :-) Had it plain tho, tak kuasa nak letak topping sebab dah jadik malas lepas tu hehe

  14. Congrats Elisa.

    Han made this for our picnic in the park last nite. norhan actually had 3slice. which is a miracle. and in which it means i have to make today vs my hankering for choco cake.

    he never ate any of my cheesecake prior, hehe.

    i usually have extra wax paper hanging out of the pan for easy lifting of cake once set