The unattainable no bake “Berry Cheesecake” -

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW…
whom she can trust, whom she can’t, and why she shouldn’t take it personally..

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW…
where to go, be it to her best friend’s kitchen table or a charming inn in the woods, when her soul needs soothing.

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what she can and can’t accomplish in a day a month and a year…”
― Pamela Redmond Satran

We all need friends who lift us up and push us harder to achieve our goals and aspirations, friends who believe that we have a spark in us and ignite it whenever the light in us starts to flicker. We need someone to move us, shake us and cry with us when we need a big boo hoo. We also need our friends to motivate us not just with words but also with actions. I strongly feel that if we are surrounded by people who are really good at what they do and are passionate, it rubs on to us in a positive way because passion is so contagious.  And when a passionate foodie like me has two best friends who are amazing bakers, I feel constantly inspired and feel the need to be as good as them. .

I have always been a little weary of Baking, especially “Cheesecakes”. Somehow I have always thought that I cannot make a Cheesecake and have always restricted myself from trying them. More than anything else, I hate wasting and the fact that I will buy all the ingredients for it and make a disaster, wasting the money and the efforts has always stopped me.

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetAnd since both of my friends can make knockout cheese cakes in their dreams, I have constantly moaned about my non existing cheese cake making skills in front of them. So like all good friends, they realized I needed a kick on my back side and sent me a cookbook of “125 Best cheesecake recipes” by George Geary, so I would shut up and get cracking.

1-IMG_4653On my last visit to India one of my friends baked the most amazing cheesecake for me and gave me several tips which thank god I still remember and the other one keeps dishing out her knowledge generously. So between both of them and the fabulous book I really had no excuses left but to make a move at making the unattainable cheesecake.

1-IMG_4651To keep it simple I decided to do a no bake version. I followed all the tips and took a chance with substituting the “Whipped Cream” with “Sour Cream” and oh my god!!! I have never been so happy with my efforts before this. I almost feel like proud of myself and I hope they do too. It was light, it was bursting with Berries and it looked so beautiful, I swear I had a tear in my eye and felt my feet almost leave the ground. Thank god for good friends hey, god knows what will we do without them

Recipe (no cooking needed)

Crust

1 ½ cups Butter cookie, crumbs (I used Oreo cookies after scraping the cream off them)

3 tbsp unsalted butter, melted

In a medium bowl, combine the cookie crumbs and Butter. Press in the bottom of a 9 inch (23 cm) cheesecake pan, ungreased or spring form pan with 3 – inch (7.5 cm) sides, greased.

Freeze the pan till with the crust till you prepare the filling.

Filling

1 packet or 7.5 g powdered unflavored Gelatin

¼ cup Milk

250 G Cream Cheese softened

1 cup Granulated Sugar

1 tbsp fresh Lemon juice

1 cup Sour Cream or Whipping Cream (whipped) or Curd

2 tsp Vanilla extract

1 ½ cup of mixed berries (if you are using frozen berries do not thaw them)

Sprinkle gelatin over Milk in a small saucepan and let it stand for 1 minute. Stir over low heat until gelatin is completely dissolved. Set aside to cool slightly.

Using a stand/hand mixer beat the Cream cheese and Sugar on a medium speed for about 3 minutes.

Slowly add the milk/gelatin mixture. Mix in Lemon juice and Vanilla extract.

Fold in the Whipped Cream/Sour Cream or Curd and mix well (do not over mix)

Fold in the berries gently and pour over the frozen crust. Chill until firm for about 6 hours or overnight.

Decoration

Dried edible flowers

Icing sugar

A few mixed Berries

When ready to serve run a hot knife around the edge of the pan to loosen it.

Decorate with more frozen or fresh Berries and sprinkle some Icing sugar and edible dried flowers.

Tip: To avoid grainy texture you must ensure that your Cream Cheese, Sour Cream, Whipping Cream or Curd and Butter are all at room temperature. Otherwise they won’t mix well.