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No Bake Cheesecake

Here is a delightful recipe for a no bake cheesecake. Perfect dessert for the long hot summer days. Use seasonal fruit to garnish co-ordinating with the jelly. Made in a Tupperware jelly ring assembled in layers for a contemporary cheesecake. Don’t be fooled by the look though it is much easier to make than it looks.


1 packet strawberry or raspberry jelly (or jelly of choice)

Mix the jelly according the instructions on the packet. Pour the jelly into the jelly mould, Refrigerate until the jelly has set.


3 tsp gelatine

¼ cup cold water

2 x 250g cream cheese

250ml fresh cream

3 Tbsp castor sugar

Juice and rind of 1 small lemon



Dissolve the gelatine into the water. Leave until the gelatine has gone spongy, about 5 minutes. Using a medium mixing bowl whisk the fresh cream with the castor sugar until stiff peaks formed. Mix the cream cheese slightly with a spoon before adding it to the cream. Add the rind and juice, combine well. Set the cup with the dissolved gelatine in a bowl of hot water to dissolve. Stir until the gelatine has turned into a clear liquid. Pour the gelatine into the cream cheese mixture using a tea sieve. Mix until the gelatine has combined well with the cream cheese.

Scoop the cream cheese mixture gently over the set jelly. Refrigerate until the filling has set.


¾ packet tennis or marie biscuit (tea or nice biscuits will also work)

100g butter, melted

Crush the biscuits. You may use a food processor or bash the biscuits with a rolling pin, like I do. Stir in the melted butter until all the crushed biscuits are coated with the butter. Press the biscuit mixture gently on top of the set cream cheese mixture. Cover with the lid to help the biscuit set.

Refrigerate further until the cheesecake has set completely. Inver the cheesecake onto a serving dish. Biscuit layer at the bottom, jelly on top.

Garnish with fresh fruit in season. If possible use similar shades of fruit as the jelly you used.

Cook’s note:

You may use any flavour jelly of choice. Use seasonal fresh fruit. The end result is stunning and delightful on the palate.


In this version I’ve used greengage jelly.

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