No Bake Cheesecake Tips
This dessert can be made and ready to be devoured in just 4 hours! Plus, it only requires 3 ingredients and doesn’t need to be baked.
Even though a no bake cheesecake is quite easy to make and doesn’t require much technique, let’s take a look at a few no bake cheesecake tips that will take your cheesecake game to the next level!
1) Don’t bake the crust
When making a no-bake cheesecake, there is literally no baking involved whatsoever. This also applies to the biscuit base crust too.
If you do try and bake a no-bake crust, it will go soggy as no bake crusts tend to have more fat.
Adding the filling on top of a baked crust will just make for a very soggy cheesecake overall as the filling will ooze into the crust base.
You will notice that a no-bake crust will involve a much higher amount of melted butter compared to a baked crust.
The higher butter content allows the crust to firm up and solidify in the fridge.
2) Use room temperature ingredients
When ingredients are at room temperature, mixing becomes much easier and the ingredients will incorporate smoothly without any lumps.
About an hour before you begin your cheesecake, take the cream cheese out of the fridge and let it sit at room temperature.
3) Use full fat cream cheese
I once decided to substitute full fat cream cheese with reduced fat cream cheese in my cheesecake.
This was the first time I ever made cheesecake and I already thought I knew everything there was to know about cheesecake!
When I say I served a cheesecake soup the next day at a family dinner, I am not exaggerating!
From that day onwards I vouched to never use reduced fat cream cheese in my cheesecake again.
Don’t make the same mistake! Use full fat cream cheese!
4) Use your hand mixer
Similar to making a baked cheesecake, using a hand mixer, or stand mixer, will help make your cheesecake super smooth and velvety.
Since you are adding double cream in the batter, a hand mixer will also make it much easier to whip and stiffen the double cream up.
You can whip up the double cream separately and add it into your already mixed cream cheese batter. Although I tend to just add the double cream directly into the cream cheese mixture.
5) Use gelatin
Cheesecake recipes that use double cream will probably omit gelatin as the double cream on it’s own should hold up the overall structure of the cheesecake.
I don’t tend to add gelatin in my cheesecake. I rely on the use of double cream and the stiffness of the full fat cream cheese to maintain the structure of my cheesecake.
If you live in a hotter climate or want to add an extra bit of stability to your cheesecake, gelatin is a good way to make sure your cheesecake won’t melt into a puddle!
Gelatin is flavourless and won’t change the taste of your cheesecake. But, it will just ensure that your cheesecake remains nice and firm with no nasty surprises when you cut into it.
Just make sure you don’t over do it with the gelatin as it can turn your cheesecake into rubber!
6) Chill in the fridge NOT the freezer
I know we’d all rather get the cheesecake in our mouths sooner rather than later, but with any type of cheesecake patience is key.
Don’t try and cheat and chill the cheesecake in the freezer. The filling and the base will end up being far too hard and not very pleasant to enjoy. Plus, trying to cut through a frozen biscuit base will be an absolute nightmare!
For the perfect no-bake cheesecake, chill it completely in the fridge for 4 hours minimum. For maximum taste, flavour and texture you should really let the cheesecake chill overnight.
7) Add truffles for decoration
If you don’t know what a truffle is, it’s basically a chocolate ball full of chocolatey goodness (or any goodness you want it to be!).
You can make them with ganache or cream cheese and you can use any biscuit you want.
I usually go for an Oreo truffle, made with cream cheese, grounded up Oreos and covered with white chocolate. Yum.
They are the perfect treat on their own, but also go incredibly well on a cheesecake.
So, there you have it! 7 no bake cheesecake tips that will help you make the best no bake cheesecake every time!
If you want some tried and tested cheesecake recipes to begin with, take a look at Jane’s Patisserie. She makes any cheesecake flavor you can imagine!
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