Sunday, 10 August 2008

no bake strawberry cheesecake


so the 'no-bake' mission continues with gusto...and what's on the menu for today? well who can resist a bit of cheesecake now and again! i do love cheesecake and have tried a few flavours and variations in my time. so i found a no bake cheesecake recipe and thought i'd give it a go. the recipe again was pretty basic...you can't go too wrong. just cream cheese, ricotta, honey and some lemon rind (which i didn't have and so had to replace with lime rind), a biscuit base and strawberries on top. easy-peasy! pop it in the fridge and leave to delicately firm up and it did too! very nicely. the taste of the cheesecake was incredibly light and creamy - so don't go looking for your super firm baked cheesecake texture, this is more on the side of mousse consistency or the cream sheese part of tiramisu. but the whole thing comes together so nicely - the crumbly biscuit base (for which i splurged and bought digestives for...they are SO expensive here!) the light creamy cheese and the sweet strawberries. a perfect afternoon tea delight!

No-Bake Strawberry Cheesecake Bars

Time: 20 minutes, plus 1 hour’s chilling
10 digestive biscuits, crushed
5 tablespoons melted butter
1 8-ounce package cream cheese, at room temperature
1 cup ricotta cheese
2 tablespoons honey, or to taste
Rind of a lemon, freshly grated
Pinch salt
About 1 1/2 cups strawberries

1. Combine crushed biscuits with melted butter. press into a pan to form a crust about 1/4-inch thick. Put in refrigerator until ready to use.
2. Using a standing or hand mixer, or a whisk, combine cream cheese, ricotta, honey, lemon rind and salt, and blend until smooth.
3. Spread cheese mixture carefully and evenly over crust, using a spatula or butter knife to smooth top. Cover with fresh strawberries and chill for at least an hour, or until set.

Cut into squares or bars and serve.

Yield: 8 to 12 servings.

14 comments:

Faery said...

No-bake, easy,delicious and beautiful.
I hope everything is ok, I know it is hard but I also know that you are enjoying all about this new experience because fairies are like us,we like new challenges, and in my case I always say: "NEXT"

carlikup said...

Yum,
I'll be trying this one today!

the AIRY FAIRY said...

hi faery, no0bake is great but i can't wait to get my fingers on an oven again!

enjoy, carla! delicious!

elga said...

Thi no-oven dessert is perfect, and so delicious!! Elga

Rachel@fairycakeheaven said...

one word - DIVINE!!!!

am such a cheesecake fan would eat it every day!!! Hope you're getting on well on your amazing Bali adventure!

the AIRY FAIRY said...

hi elga - yes it is!

hey rachel, i think i have come WAY too close to eating it all!

Lorraine E said...

I don't think I've ever made a non bake cheesecake. That looks so good I think I'll have to try it in Summer! I like the idea of it having a moussey texture to it!

the AIRY FAIRY said...

hi lorraine...super easy and the great thing is that the longer it was left in the fridge the better it tasted and the firmer it became! perfect!

The Caked Crusader said...

Looks delicious - I can see all the textures working so well together

The Blonde Duck said...

I love your little culinary world! It's so whimsical and inspiring. Even looking at cupcakes perks up the dreary work day!

the AIRY FAIRY said...

hi caked crusader...something about strawberries on cheesecake...just perfect!

thank you blonde duck...i'm happy to know i brighten up anyone's dreary day with my little cakes :)

Kitchen Flavours said...

Wow this is very simple recipe. Iam gonna try this for sure. First time here. U have a yum blog.

the AIRY FAIRY said...

hi kitchen flavours - thanks for stopping by. it is a very easy recipe...but really good. a perfect afternoon tea treat!

Rosie said...

Looks absolutely delicious :)

Rosie x