What was your favourite dessert growing up? Mine would have to be a tie between millefeuilles and choux buns filled with cream and crunchy with caramel. I guess I liked Crème Pâtissière even more than chocolate, and in Athens, where I grew up, we had several really good patisseries. The best one (thrilled to see that it is still around!) was near my friend Ellie’s house and we always bought a box of delights whenever we visited. These days I am pretty willing to try any type of dessert – and I like to challenge myself making different recipes on this here blog.
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I wanted to bake something from the book and I was literally like a kid in a candy shop trying to decide which recipe to make! In the end I opted for this lovely no-bake cheesecake since the blog only contains ONE other cheesecake recipe (at least it is a really good one). Cheesecakes appear to be lots of work but this one could not be simpler. No baking is required and minimal work altogether. Just remember that the cheesecake will need to set in the fridge for several hours – ideally overnight.
No-Bake Blueberry Lime Cheesecake
For the base
250g | 9oz digestive or caramel (Lotus) biscuits
100g | 3.5oz unsalted butter, melted
For the topping
100g | 3.5oz fresh blueberries
2 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp lime juice
For the filling
8 tbsp hot water (check instructions on gelatine package)
12g | 1/4oz | 1 sachet powdered gelatine
500g | 1lb 2oz full-fat cream cheese
300g | 10oz sour cream
100g | 3.5oz sugar
1 tsp lime oil extract
grated zest of 1 lime
- Lightly grease a 23cm (9in) springform tin and line the bottom and sides of with greaseproof paper.
- Pulse the biscuits in a food processor until you have fine crumbs. Gradually add the melted butter until the mixture holds together if pressed between your fingers.
- Tip the crumb mixture in the tin and press down to create an even base. Chill until needed.
- For the topping, put the blueberries, sugar and lime juice in a small pot and stir gently over medium-low heat until the blueberries start to release their juices. Remove from the heat and cool down.
- Put the hot water in a small bowl and sprinkle the powdered gelatine over the top. Let it swell and then vigorously mix together until the gelatine dissolves. Set aside.
- Put the cream cheese in a large bowl and mix in the sugar using a hand whisk. This can also be done in a stand mixer but I found it made the filling a bit watery.
- Fold in the sour cream and then mix in the gelatine. Spread the filling over the base and chill for 10 minutes.
- Spoon the blueberries over the top of the cheesecake, reserving their juices. Place the cheesecake in the fridge overnight.
- When you are ready to serve, gently release the springform tin and transfer the cheesecake on a suitable plate. Serve with the reserved blueberry syrup spooned over the top and sprinkle with some grated lime zest.
Notes: I tried to make this into a blueberry-mango cheesecake which is why the photos look a little yellow. I left the mango out of the recipe posted here as you could not taste it and it made the cheesecake a little soft-set.
If you are a fan of cheesecakes here’s some ideas to get you going…
• Vegan peanut butter cheesecake from Nadia’s Healthy Kitchen.
• Oreo and caramel cheesecake from Tinned Tomatoes.
• New York style cheesecake from Little Sunny Kitchen.
• Crumb apricot cheesecake from Vikalinka.
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