The unattainable no bake “Berry Cheesecake” -

whom she can trust, whom she can’t, and why she shouldn’t take it personally..

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

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)


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.


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.


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.