Best No-Bake Cheesecake

 No-bake cheesecake is a real crowd-pleasing dessert and it’s exceptionally easy to make! 

I don’t think I need to tell you how much I adore no-bake cheesecake, that’s pretty clear with the sheer number of cheesecake recipes already on my blog.

With the summer and warmer weather on the way, I figured a no-bake recipe would be greatly appreciated. In the kitchen during the summer it can get unbearably hot and when it’s sweltering outside the last thing you want to do is stand over a hot stove. That’s when no-bake recipes come to the rescue.

My cheesecake recipe repertoire is forever growing and I’m always happy to share my latest cheesecake creation. The cheesecake recipe I’m sharing with you today is inspired by my No-Bake White Chocolate Cheesecake, which went down a treat with readers of my blog.

This is the first recipe I’ve named as the “best”. I don’t normally throw that word around a lot, but I do believe this cheesecake truly deserves its title.

For all the no-bake cheesecakes I have made for my blog so far, they all have incorporated candy/sweets or chocolate into the mix. I was looking through my cheesecake recipes and realised I am yet to share a simple and plain no-bake cheesecake. As much as I enjoy cheesecake with different flavours added to it, I still do just prefer a basic and plain cheesecake.

I’ve made this no-bake cheesecake a handful of times already testing it out for family members or friends coming over for dinner. The feedback I have received has been really positive and after being asked for my recipe on many occasions, I knew it was about time to document the recipe.

I prefer my no-bake cheesecake without sweetened condensed milk or gelatine added. The latter of which is important for me with desserts as I’m vegetarian and I’ve lost count of the amount times I’ve been disappointed that I can’t eat a dessert because it has gelatine added and no-bake cheesecakes in particular are the usual culprit.

Once your cheesecake is completely set, slice it up and serve it on its own or decorate with homemade raspberry sauce (recipe included below). If you’re not a fan of raspberries, you can swap them for blueberries and make a delicious blueberry sauce instead.

Here it is, my perfect no-bake cheesecake. It’s the best no-bake cheesecake recipe in my opinion, but I’ll let you be the judge of that!

(Serves 10-12)

Ingredients:

Biscuit Base:

300g digestive biscuits

140g unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly

Cheesecake Filling:

500g full-fat cream cheese, softened – I leave mine out at room temperature for 30 minutes until soft

150g icing sugar, sifted

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 tablespoon lemon juice

300ml double cream, chilled

Raspberry Coulis:

300g fresh or frozen raspberries

2 tablespoons icing sugar

1 tablespoon lemon juice

Method:

  1. To make the biscuit base: Melt the butter in a small saucepan. Blitz the biscuits in a food processor or in a ziplock bag with a rolling pin to a fine crumb. Add the melted butter and mix until moistened. Tip the biscuit crumbs into a 23cm springform cake tin and press down until compact. Use the back of a spoon or a glass to smooth over, place in the fridge to chill whilst you make the cheesecake filling.
  2. To make the cheesecake filling: In a large mixing bowl beat together the cream cheese with the icing sugar, vanilla extract and lemon juice until smooth and thoroughly combined. In another mixing bowl whisk together the cream until soft peaks form. Fold the cream into the cream cheese mixture and incorporate fully. Then whisk until the mixture holds soft peaks, be careful not to over mix otherwise the cheesecake mixture will curdle. Spread over the biscuit base and smooth over with a spatula or palette knife.
  3. Now cover the cheesecake and leave to set for at least 8 hours or preferably overnight.
  4. To make the raspberry coulis: Place the raspberries, icing sugar and lemon juice in a small saucepan. Heat gently and continue to cook until the raspberries break down and you’re left with a thick and glossy sauce. Take off the heat and pass the coulis through a fine mesh sieve into a clean bowl. Discard the seeds. Leave the sauce to cool before refrigerating.
  5. To serve slice up, top with raspberry coulis, fresh fruit or simply enjoy as it is.

Enjoy!

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Lemon Posset

This elegant English dessert requires only three ingredients to make. Garnish each posset with fresh berries and serve with crumbly shortbread biscuits. 

Lemon posset is a popular dessert on many restaurant and pub menus and if I spot lemon posset on a menu I will always pick it over anything else without a second thought!

For something so simple, this stunning dessert wows with its beautiful citrus flavour and luxuriously smooth texture. Possets are no-bake and can be prepared several hours ahead of time.

Today I’m checking back in with this divine lemon posset recipe. This traditional English dessert is a magical concoction of cream, lemons and sugar. Acidity from the lemon is what sets this dessert, without the need for any gelatine. That means this dessert is gluten-free (as long as you serve it with a gluten-free biscuit) and vegetarian.

You might have noticed my absence from the blog. Over the last few months I haven’t strayed too far from my blog though, I’ve taken this time away as an opportunity to update some of my older recipes with new photographs like these Terry’s Chocolate Orange Cupcakes, also these Chocolate Fudge Brownies, these Jammy Dodgers and most recently these Chocolate Malt Cupcakes.

I thought about which other recipe in my repertoire I wanted to update and I eventually decided after much deliberation that I would make my favourite lemon posset.

This recipe was originally shared in April 2015. 

Lemon posset will take you about ten minutes to prepare and be ready to set in the fridge. The hardest part really is waiting for it to set, but it’s certainly going to be worth the wait! This recipe also doesn’t need any specialist equipment, all you’ll need is a lemon juicer and zester/grater for zesting the lemons, a large saucepan and a spoon for stirring. You can serve your posset in any dish you like. I have used vintage tea cups, glasses and small ramekins, but it’s up to you what you serve them in. Aways remember be creative and put your own twist on anything you make and most importantly, have fun!

Once you’re ready to serve, decorate the tops by garnishing with fresh berries (I love blueberries and raspberries) and serve with homemade shortbread biscuits. Feel free to swap the shortbread for another biscuit of your choice, I think gingernuts would also pair fantastically with this dessert.

These creamy lemon pots will be perfect to welcome the arrival of spring next week, or dessert for Easter Sunday lunch and upcoming St. George’s Day in April, but they’re wonderful for all occasions.

(Makes 6)

Ingredients:

Lemon Posset:

600ml double cream

Zest and juice of 3 lemons

150g caster sugar

Shortbread:

125g unsalted butter, softened

55g caster sugar

180g plain flour

Method:

1. To make the lemon posset: Place the double cream, lemon zest and sugar in a large saucepan and on a medium heat gently bring the mixture up to the boil. Boil for 3 minutes. After 3 minutes take the pan off the heat and stir through the lemon juice. Now sieve the creamy mixture into a jug. Pour into 6 ramekins or small serving dishes/glasses and cover. Leave to set in the fridge for at least 4 hours or overnight if you want to make these in advance. Serve the lemon posset chilled.

3. To make the shortbread biscuits: Preheat your oven to 190°C / 170°C Fan / 375°F / Gas Mark 5. Cream the softened butter and sugar until smooth. Fold in the flour and mix into a soft dough. Now roll the dough out to approx. 1cm thickness on a lightly floured surface. Using a biscuit/cookie cutter of your choice, cut the dough into rounds or a shape of your choice. Sprinkle the top of each biscuit with extra caster sugar and then spread the biscuits out evenly on two large baking trays that have been lined with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Chill the biscuits in the fridge for 20 minutes.

3. Once chilled, bake the shortbread for 15-20 minutes or until lightly golden. Watch the biscuits closely nearing the end of the baking time as they can colour quickly. Allow the biscuits to cool on the trays for a few minutes and then transport them to a wire rack to finish cooling completely.

Recipe Notes:

  • Refer to this page for conversions.
  • Be careful when boiling the posset mixture, make sure you’re using a large enough saucepan as this mixture could erupt and  boil over if you take your eye off it.
  • I recommend transferring the posset mixture into a jug when pouring into the serving dishes, this makes sure they’re really clean and neat. Allow the posset to cool a little at room temperature before chilling in the fridge – I left mine for about half an hour before refrigerating.
  • This shortbread recipe yields approx. 20 biscuits, but this will depend on the size of your biscuit/cookie cutter. If you make smaller biscuits, baking time will be a few minutes less. The baked shortbread biscuits will keep in an airtight container at room temperature for up 5 days and the lemon posset will keep for 3 days stored in the fridge.

Lemon posset recipe from The Great British Farmhouse Cookbook, shortbread recipe from BBC Food

Enjoy!

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Chocolate Marshmallow Mateys Crispy Treats

Crispy cereal treats made using Chocolate Flavour Marshmallow Mateys. This is sponsored content. 

Chocolate crispy treats have been one of my favourite recipes to make since I was little and had first stepped into the kitchen. My mum would always allow my sister and I to make crispy treats as they’re easy and fun to make. These chocolaty treats are great to make with kids because the ingredients don’t cost too much and don’t require any need to switch on an oven. The latter of which is always convenient in summertime when it’s too hot and all you want to prepare is no-bake recipes.

I recently received a few Malt-O-Meal cereals to taste test and create a recipe with. Included were Marshmallow Mateys, Chocolate Marshmallow Mateys and Waffle Crisp. I’ve tasted all three cereals I was sent and they were all really wonderful in their own way. The Marshmallow Mateys and Chocolate Marshmallow Mateys consist of cereal puffs and have rainbow coloured marshmallows added. The Waffle Crisp cereal tasted exactly like crunchy mini waffles soaked in maple syrup.

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When considering different recipes and ideas, I decided that I wanted the cereal to be the star of the show. Using the chocolate cereal to make crispy treats sprung straight to my mind. This is a great recipe to do with the kids before heading back to school and is a good idea for picnics or lunch boxes.

This recipe is so simple, so here goes:

Once you have the cereal in a large mixing bowl, melt the chocolate over a bain-marie (double boiler) or in the microwave in 20-second intervals. Be careful and make sure you keep a watchful eye on the chocolate until it has melted. I don’t tend to add any butter, golden syrup or marshmallows to my crispy treat mixture as I don’t really think you need to add them. I prefer my crispy treats to be crunchy and chocolaty and taste purely of chocolate. I’ve never had any problem with them being too hard by not adding any of the additional ingredients I mentioned above.

Once the chocolate is melted, add that to the cereal and stir until all the cereal is fully coated. Evenly distribute the chocolaty cereal mixture into 12 paper cupcake cases/liners – I picked pretty polka dot cases, anything patterned looks really nice when you’re presenting these crispy treats. You’ll find using the cupcake cases/liners makes removing the cakes far more easier too.

Before the chocolate sets, finish by decorating each cake with as many Marshmallow Mateys as you like. Set them in the fridge and then devour them!

(Makes 12)

Ingredients:

200g dark or milk chocolate (or a combination of both)

150g Chocolate Flavour Marshmallow Mateys cereal, separated from the marshmallows

Marshmallow Mateys, for decoration

Method:

  1. Line a 12-hole cupcake/muffin tin with 12 paper cases/liners. Break the chocolate into pieces and melt gently over a pan of gently simmering water (make sure the bottom of the bowl doesn’t touch the water) or melt in the microwave in 20-second intervals, stirring until the chocolate is melted and smooth.
  2. Mix the melted chocolate with the cereal until the cereal is completely coated in the chocolate.
  3. Divide the mixture between the paper cases and decorate with the marshmallows. Chill in the fridge for an hour until set. Crispy treats will store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days, however they’re best eaten fresh.

Recipe adapted from Easter Chocolate Nest Cakes

Enjoy!

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Easy Chocolate Fudge

Homemade chocolate fudge made without a sugar thermometer or a double boiler in sight! It’s rich, silky smooth and a decadent treat perfect for the holidays and Christmas presents!

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The Christmas baking starts now and we all know that Christmas = fudge season. Fudge or any kind of homemade chocolate confectionery is definitely something I would love to receive during the festive season as a present. This fudge would make a brilliant gift wrapped up in cellophane bags and tied with cute ribbon, but it would also be fantastic to make and serve on a platter at parties. Guests can help themselves or even take a few pieces home and share if they want to!

I’ve been working on this fudge recipe for sometime trying to get it perfected ready to share with you. The first time I made this fudge it was divine, however the following time I made it, I used half dark chocolate and half milk chocolate and the flavour was spot on. I also changed the originial recipe by adding some icing sugar to the mix, as the previous time I had made it the texture was silky smooth, but wouldn’t cut into perfect, neat pieces like I wanted it to.

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This isn’t actually how traditional fudge is made as you won’t need any specialist equipment like a sugar thermometer and you don’t need to test for soft or hard ball stage. Not all food needs to be overly complicated to prepare and this recipe proves how easy fudge can be to make. In a large non-stick saucepan, gently heat chopped chocolate, a can of sweetened condensed milk and a little bit of butter until it’s melted and smooth, then stir through sifted icing sugar.

The hardest part, as with most no-bake recipes is the time waiting for the end result to be revealed. This fudge needs at least a few hours in the fridge to set – it will still be a little squidgy, so I would definitely recommend leaving it overnight to ensure it’s really nicely set and will cut easily, but of course, that’s only if you can resist trying a piece beforehand!

(Makes 36 pieces)

Ingredients:

400g (14 ounces) dark or milk chocolate, broken or chopped into small pieces – you can use a mix of the two

397g (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk

25g (2 tablespoons) butter

100g (2/3 cup) icing/confectioners’ sugar

Method:

  1. Line a 20cm / 8-inch square tin with parchment paper or cling film. Set aside.
  2. Place the chocolate, condensed milk and butter in a large non-stick saucepan. Melt the ingredients gently on a low heat – take your time with this otherwise the chocolate will burn and go grainy. Stir occasionally until the mixture is smooth and all the chocolate is melted completely.
  3. Take off the heat and sift in the icing sugar and mix until thoroughly combined. The fudge will start to get really thick at this point and will begin setting.
  4. Evenly spread the fudge mixture out into the lined tin. Smooth over the top with the back of a spoon or a spatula. Leave fudge in the fridge for at 3-4 hours until set or overnight for the best results.
  5. Once the fudge is set, remove it from the tin. Using a large sharp knife, carefully cut the fudge into 36 pieces or more if you want you make smaller pieces of fudge. Fudge will keep stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 weeks. It’s a great recipe to make ahead of time ready for Christmas or any other special occasion! See the recipe notes below for tips on freezing.

Recipe Notes:

  • Use real chocolate not chocolate chips. Chocolate chips have stabilisers added so they hold their shape and don’t melt completely, therefore if you use chocolate chips your fudge will not be as smooth as it should be.
  • For this fudge you can use dark/milk chocolate or a mix of both. I used chocolate flavoured with orange oil, however you can use any flavoured chocolate you’d like.
  • Be patient. Melt the chocolate, condensed milk and butter in a large saucepan over a low heat. If it’s too hot, you may risk splitting the mixture and the chocolate will go grainy. Unfortunately once you’ve overcooked chocolate there’s is no way of getting it back.
  • I tend to use unsalted butter is most of my baking, however as this fudge is quite sweet, I would recommend using salted butter instead of unsalted butter.
  • This fudge can be frozen for up to 3 months. Just make sure you wrap it up well and store in an airtight container. Don’t forget to pop a label on it so you know how long it has been in the freezer for! When you’re ready to thaw it, take the fudge out of the freezer and leave it to defrost in the fridge overnight.

Enjoy!

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White Chocolate Cheesecake with Raspberry Coulis

Fluffy no-bake white chocolate cheesecake. A rich dessert that’s delicious served with tangy raspberry coulis. 

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You will all know by now how much of fan I am of my no-bake treats on this blog. I always enjoy testing and creating different kinds of no-bake desserts, especially no-bake cheesecake recipes.

Now it’s officially spring it’s time to share some fresh fruity desserts and recipes.

I’m kicking off the season with this white chocolate cheesecake. Consisting of layers of buttery digestive biscuit base and creamy smooth white chocolate cheesecake. Each slice is served with a drizzle of homemade raspberry coulis which contrasts beautifully with the cheesecake.

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We served this cheesecake for guests we had over the Easter weekend for a dinner party. It was requested I make a dessert for our cheesecake loving friends and this recipe certainly impressed.

Each slice cuts perfectly and holds its shape even without gelatine. You can serve the cheesecake with an assortment of mixed berries but I think the raspberry coulis and fresh raspberries really compliment the white chocolate.

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Ingredients:

Biscuit Base:

300g or 20 digestive biscuits

140g unsalted butter

White Chocolate Cheesecake:

500g full-fat cream cheese, softened (I leave mine out at room temperature for about half an hour to soften)

300g white chocolate

300ml double cream

45g (3 tablespoons) icing sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Raspberry Coulis:

200g-250g (2 cups) fresh or frozen raspberries

1-2 tablespoons icing sugar

1 tablespoon lemon juice or water

Method:

  1. To make the biscuit base: Break the digestives up into smaller pieces. Place in a ziplock bag and crush with a rolling pin or place the biscuits in a food processor and process until they’re fine crumbs. Mix together with the melted butter. Press the biscuit crumbs into a 23cm springform cheesecake tin until compact and firm. Leave in the fridge whilst you make the cheesecake filling.
  2. To make the cheesecake filling: Melt the white chocolate over a bain-marie or in a heatproof bowl in the microwave in 20-second intervals. Leave to cool slightly.
  3. Beat together the softened cream cheese and the melted white chocolate until smooth.
  4. In a separate bowl whisk the cream, icing sugar and vanilla until soft peaks form. Fold the cream in two batches into the cream cheese mixture.
  5. Spread the cheesecake filling onto the prepared biscuit base and smooth over with a palette knife or spatula. Cover and leave to set in the fridge for at least 6-8 hours or preferably overnight.
  6. To make the raspberry coulis: Place the raspberries, icing sugar and lemon juice/water in a small saucepan. Heat gently and continue to cook until the raspberries break down and you’re left with a thick and glossy sauce. Take off the heat and pass the coulis through a fine mesh sieve into a clean bowl. Discard the seeds. Leave the sauce to cool before refrigerating.
  7. Serve the cheesecake with white chocolate shavings, the chilled raspberry coulis and some fresh raspberries. Cheesecake will store in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

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Enjoy!

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Cadbury Creme Egg Ice Cream

Deliciously smooth creme egg ice cream made without an ice cream machine! 

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If you love creme eggs, then you’re going to love this ice cream. You might not believe me, but I used to HATE creme eggs. Oh, and cheesecake.

That’s quite a bold statement coming from someone who is now addicted to creme eggs and has a serious obsession with cheesecake. 😉

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Ever since I discovered the magic no-churn method for making ice cream, I’ve been completely hooked on creating and sharing more ice cream recipes on the blog. For this creme egg ice cream I used a standard no-churn vanilla ice cream base and added melted milk chocolate and a whole load of chopped creme eggs. The ice cream stays super soft and scoop-able and requires less ingredients and no high tech equipment.

Indulge your creme egg cravings this Easter with my easy no-churn ice cream. It’s super addictive and the perfect recipe for all you chocoholics out there!

Ingredients:

480ml (2 cups) double/heavy cream

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 x 397g (14 ounce can) sweetened condensed milk

300g dark or milk chocolate, melted and cooled slightly

2 x 89g packets mini Cadbury creme eggs, roughly chopped

Method:

  1. Whisk the cream and vanilla until stiff peaks form. Fold through the condensed milk and the melted chocolate until thoroughly combined.
  2. Finally, fold through approx. 3/4 of the chopped creme eggs. Pour the mixture into a large freezer container or large loaf tin. Top with the remaining creme eggs.
  3. Cover with clingfilm and freeze overnight or until solid. When ready to serve, scoop into bowls or ice cream cones. I serve mine with extra creme eggs! The ice cream will keep in the freezer for up to 2 weeks.

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Original photo from April 2014

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Enjoy! Happy Easter!

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Easter Chocolate Nest Cakes

Easter is all about getting creative in the kitchen and having fun! These yummy no-bake Easter Chocolate Nest Cakes are made with just 3 ingredients and are the perfect treat for Easter! Use your leftover (if any!) Easter chocolate to make these treats! 

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I’m sharing my first Easter recipe with you today!

Growing up I always used to make these nest cakes over Easter time and they would also be made for parties. Over the last few years I’ve been teaching my little cousins how to make them.

This recipe is brilliant for any age – kids and adults alike will enjoy making these! The best part is the nest cakes can be made in less than 10 minutes and only need about half an hour to set in the fridge before you can devour them!

This recipe couldn’t be any easier to make, all you’ll need to do is melt chocolate and then add the cereal and coat in the melted chocolate. This simple recipe only requires two ingredients or three if you’re going to decorate the cakes with mini eggs like I did.

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Try your hardest not to eat the mixture before popping it into the cupcake cases. When I was little I would always grab a spoon from the kitchen drawer and help myself to numerous spoonful’s of the yummy, chocolaty mix.

To decorate I kept it simple and placed a few Cadbury mini eggs on the top of each nest cake. Mini eggs are my absolute favourite Easter chocolate. When I have a bag of these around, I cannot resist eating them!

You can decorate these nest cakes in anyway you like, I’ll leave that up to you! 😉

(Makes 10-12)

Ingredients:

100g (3.5 ounces) milk or dark chocolate (or a mix of the two – we prefer using just milk chocolate)

75g (3 cups) rice krispies (cornflakes or shredded wheat can be used too)

Cadbury mini eggs, for decoration

Method:

  1. Line a 12-hole cupcake/muffin tin with 10-12 paper cases. Break the chocolate into pieces and melt gently over a pan of gently simmering water (make sure the bottom of the bowl doesn’t touch the water) or melt in the microwave in 20-second intervals, stirring until the chocolate is melted and smooth.
  2. Toss the melted chocolate with the rice krispies until the cereal is completely coated in the chocolate.
  3. Divide the mixture between the paper cases and press 2-3 mini eggs into the centre of each nest. Chill in the fridge for an hour until set.

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I made these nest cakes again and swapped the regular milk/dark chocolate for Terry’s chocolate orange. My sister, Becky, gave me this idea and they’re perfect for Christmas!

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Enjoy!

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