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No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake Recipe

Updated on February 3, 2013

This is a deliciously simple no bake strawberry cheesecake recipe that it is die for! Jamie Oliver - eat your heart out! This is also the first proper cheesecake I have ever made in my life. I love cheesecake, but always ate shop bought ready-prepared ones, or chose it if on the menu at restaurants.

Strawberries are back in season and this is a great way to serve them, especially if some of them are overripe and need to be eaten as soon as.

And it is so easy to make, you'll wonder, like me, why you haven't been making them for years! Honestly this strawberry cheesecake recipe is deceptively easy to make and wonderfully delicious.

Here's what this strawberry cheesecake is supposed to look like
Here's what this strawberry cheesecake is supposed to look like

Ingredients

  • strawberries 1lb/450g
  • digestive biscuits 1lb/500g
  • cream cheese 1.25lbs/600g
  • icing sugar 3oz/100g
  • butter 3oz
  • double or whipping cream 275ml/1.25 cups
  • vanilla essence half teaspoon
  • extra icing sugar 1oz/25g

Method

  1. Break the biscuits into crumbs. You can do this in a food processor, or by hand by placing biscuits in a food bag and crushing with a rolling pin.
  2. Melt the butter and add to the crumbs, stirring well to ensure every grain gets a covering.
  3. Place the biscuit crumbs into the base of a 9"/23cm loose bottom cake tin which you have previously either greased with melted butter, or lined with baking paper.
  4. Use a spoon to press down well.
  5. Set aside for 20 minutes to cool and set.
  6. Whip the cream cheese with the vanilla essence to a smooth paste in a mixer or food processor.
  7. Add the cream and sugar, and mix further.
  8. Carefully dollop the mixture onto the base, smoothing out with the back of a spoon or a spatula.
  9. Place in fridge overnight to set.
  10. Next day, release the cheesecake from its base by running a heated knife round the rim so that it is released from the sides. Carefully push it up from the movable bottom and place on a serving plate.
  11. Using the most overripe strawberries first, purée about half of your strawberries in a food processor or mixer, along with the other 1oz of icing sugar.
  12. Slice up the rest and place over the top of the cheesecake. If you are posh you can make fancy designs. I'm not posh, I just piled them on.
  13. Drizzle the purée over the top. There is enough purée to make a whole complete layer. If you want less, make less in the first place.

Someone ate it! (not me)
Someone ate it! (not me)

My version of the above no bake strawberry cheesecake recipe

Now this is more or less the recipe above, but I am useless at weighing things out first. You have to keep washing and drying the scales between measurements, and I am basically lazy so half the time I guessed.

Cream cheese - I had 1 x 200g tub of Philadelphia and another of Consum (the local supermarket) own brand. So, 400g and the recipe called for 600g. However when I opened one of the cartons, it was almost empty!

Cream. All the local shops sell is tiny little cartons of long life cream, which while it has a photo of whipped cream on the carton, I've never been able to whip it enough to set. Also pretty sure they contain a lot less than 275mls. And I only had 1 carton.

Icing sugar. They sell icing sugar here, but in drums that don't open. There is a little shaker thing at the top which when you try to measure out a quantity, goes all over the place. And sugar is sticky. I just guessed a quantity then.

Digestive biscuits. I actually had a whole packet in, for a change.

Butter. No butter, but I had some margarine. Not 3oz either, by the look of it, and I had to keep some for the next day.

Strawberries. Check.

Vanilla essence. Had a little bottle in. Do they go out of date? It's been there a while.

So I made my version of the above recipe with my ingredients. The base didn't quite bind, because I didn't use enough butter/margarine. I also don't have a loose bottom tin so used a fluted low sided dish instead. Just as well I didn't have enough of all the ingredients, because it wouldn't have fitted in. And when I served it up, it all fell together in a sticky heap because it hadn't quite set. Apparently you can add a little gelatine to help it set, and probably using more icing sugar would have helped it set too. It has half set, all the same.

It was, however, delicious!! Look at the photo to see what happened after I had sampled some, then gone upstairs to fetch my camera!

4.5 stars from 2 ratings of No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake

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    • Kristen Howe profile image

      Kristen Howe 

      3 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Great hub, Izzy. I'm sold on this recipe. Voted up for useful!

    • IzzyM profile imageAUTHOR

      IzzyM 

      7 years ago from UK

      It is wonderful - a rare treat however :)

    • Karen N profile image

      Karen N 

      7 years ago from United States

      Looks delicious! Cheesecake has always been my downfall. :)

    • IzzyM profile imageAUTHOR

      IzzyM 

      7 years ago from UK

      If you are anything like me, you probably just gained 2lbs just by reading this recipe! lol

    • Lyn.Stewart profile image

      Lyn.Stewart 

      7 years ago from Auckland, New Zealand

      yummmmm thank you voted up and useful

    • IzzyM profile imageAUTHOR

      IzzyM 

      7 years ago from UK

      It is so easy to make too! I don't like fussy recipes that take a lot of working out and timing and everything. Thanks for visiting :)

    • Pamela99 profile image

      Pamela Oglesby 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      This looks absolutely wonderful and we all love cheesecake. This recipe is a real winner. Thanks for the recipe. Rated up, awesome.

    • IzzyM profile imageAUTHOR

      IzzyM 

      7 years ago from UK

      @MysteryLady - I had a look in Google images and they look similar if not the same http://images.google.com/search?hl=en&biw=1600...

      http://images.google.com/search?hl=en&biw=1600...

    • IzzyM profile imageAUTHOR

      IzzyM 

      7 years ago from UK

      Hey thanks! That's me when it comes to cooking - I can throw together some great-tasting dishes, but they are still just thrown together!

      I actually since went and bought the correct ingredients and a loose bottomed 9" cake tin, and made the recipe as it should be. It was lovely but far too much for two people, and anyway, I think I actually preferred the taste of the thrown-together version above!

    • seanorjohn profile image

      seanorjohn 

      7 years ago

      This sounds delicious and I think You have written this recipe in such a user friendly way. You have made it sound like a script for a tv cookery programme. Voted up and I wish there was a category extremely useful.Will have to settle for useful.

    • mysterylady 89 profile image

      mysterylady 89 

      7 years ago from Florida

      I think I'll be able to substitute a graham cracker crust for your "digestive biscuits" -- not sure what they are. I am sure the cheesecake is yummy!

    • IzzyM profile imageAUTHOR

      IzzyM 

      7 years ago from UK

      It is and really simple to make too!

    • truthfornow profile image

      truthfornow 

      7 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      Love the no bake recipe. Looks really great.

    • IzzyM profile imageAUTHOR

      IzzyM 

      7 years ago from UK

      You're welcome. I will have to make it again because it was wonderful, even if it is fattening :)

    • Simone Smith profile image

      Simone Haruko Smith 

      7 years ago from San Francisco

      LOL - you certainly do know something is good when it disappears like that! I MUST try this recipe. Thanks for sharing!

    • IzzyM profile imageAUTHOR

      IzzyM 

      7 years ago from UK

      I have never seen a cheesecake disappear so quickly! I got two miserable little slices! It was gorgeous!

    • chspublish profile image

      chspublish 

      7 years ago from Ireland

      I love the 'proof is in the eating'. This is always a good sign of your very special no bake.

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