No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake

no-bake-strawberry-cheesecakeCheesecake is a dessert that is high on the preference scale for many dessert enthusiasts. Yes, it is also high on the calorie factor, but when you are enjoying a dessert, who’s counting calories! Traditionally, Cheesecakes take a long time to prepare at home, what with making the crust, making the filling, then baking the cake for at least an hour, and then refrigerating it for a few more hours before its ready t serve. But thanks to pre-made crusts, and the No-Bake technique, one no longer needs to spend hours sweating in the kitchen to enjoy a piece of your favorite dessert. Here is a quick and easy No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake recipe, which you can easily modify to include any other fruity flavor that you like. Just follow the basic recipe, and customize with your choice of fruit!

[Recipe courtesy of Woman’s Day; photo by Jacqueline Hopkins]

No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake

Ingredients

For the Crust
6 whole lowfat honey graham crackers (2‑squares each), crushed to fine crumbs
2 Tbsp butter, melted, and mixed with 1 Tbsp honey

For the Filling
1 box (3 oz) strawberry-kiwi flavor gelatin
2⁄3 cup boiling water
1 tub (16 oz) 1% fat cottage cheese
2 bricks (8 oz each) fat-free cream cheese, softened
2 Tbsp sugar
2 tsp strawberry extract or 1 tsp vanilla extract

For the Topping
1 pint (about 12 oz) fresh strawberries
2 Tbsp strawberry jelly, melted
Garnish: small mint leaves

Method
Coat an 8 x 3-in. spring-form pan with nonstick spray.

For the Crust: Mix crumbs with butter mixture until evenly moistened. Press firmly over bottom and 3⁄4 in. up side of prepared pan. Place in freezer.

For the Filling: Dissolve gelatin in boiling water in a 1-cup measure. Purée cottage cheese in food processor until creamy. Add gelatin, cream cheese, sugar and strawberry extract; process until smooth. Pour into prepared crust; smooth top. Cover and refrigerate 4 hours, or until set.
Note: you can do this a day in advance and keep to save on prep time.

For the Topping: Wash and dry berries; remove stems. Quarter each lengthwise and place in a bowl; add jelly and gently toss to coat. Remove sides of springform pan; place cheesecake on serving plate. Spoon on the berry mixture and sprinkle with mint leaves, right before ready to serve.

Planning Tip: The Cheesecake can be made, without the strawberry topping, up to 3 days ahead. Refrigerate covered. Prepare Topping just before serving.

Versatile Flavor Suggestions:
1. Use Blueberries instead of strawberries for a lovely Blueberry Cheesecake
2. Try using 3 different kind of berries together – strawberries, boysenberries and raspberries would pair well for a lovely flavor
3. You can even try non-fruity flavors, like Vanilla, Pistachio, Chocolate or Coffee for a delightful taste twist!
4. Some non-berry fruits like Bananas, Orange or Mango for a creamy texture. Pair these with chopped nuts like walnuts, almonds, pecans or pistachios for a crunchy topping.

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Comments

  1. I am a cheesecake addict, so this is one recipe that I need to test out. Hopefully it will look as good as your picture.

  2. This is an awesome cheesecake! Thank you for sharing this great recipe to us. Now I just need to read coffee maker reviews and get myself a nice coffee maker to pair this cheesecake with a nice cup of coffee.

  3. That is so pretty on your cake stand! I'm going to try it. I don't like cottage cheese so I'll sub 2 cream cheese instead. I didn't know it was so easy to use jello in a dessert! I love sugar free jello & the fat free cream cheese since I'm diabetic.

  4. Wow, this is just so pretty. It looks so lovely on its pedestal. i want to eat it 😀
    Hope you have a wonderful weekend.
    *kisses* HH
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  5. What a beautiful cheesecake on that lovely stand! I love cheesecake. Yours look irresistibly good with all those strawberries on top. Thanks for sharing.

  6. love the cake stand and it sounds absolutely yummy! 🙂

  7. Looks delicious… I love the Cheesecake!!

  8. I like that cake stand!

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