Thursday, September 28, 2017

Felicity Cloake's Perfect No-Bake Cheesecake

I love Felicity Cloake's "The Perfect ..." baking columns in The Guardian, and look for them each Thursday.  Last week, Felicity's recipe was for The Perfect No-Bake Cheesecake.

For those not familiar with Felicity's column, she chooses a different baked (or in this case, non-baked) good each week, and tries out different recipes.  Felicity then selects what she thinks are the best elements from her experiments with other recipes, and puts together her own recipe which she deems to be "the perfect" version of that item.

This no-bake cheesecake unusually has a cornflake crumb crust, which I have never worked with before.   I really enjoyed the cornflake flavour, but did find that the base became a little soggy over time - this is definitely one to be eaten as soon as possible.

The ricotta and cream cheese filling was silky smooth, but a little blander than the no-bake cheesecakes that I am used to from the Philadelphia cream cheese packets.  It really is a vehicle for the topping - I used Duncan Hines cherry pie filling just because I had it, but fresh fruit would be lovely.  I was surprised that the cheesecake set very nicely without gelatine. 

I enjoyed Felicity's cheesecake recipe, but I don't think it will replace my usual no-bake recipe based on cream cheese, which is denser but has a bit more tang.


Johanna GGG said...

It is always interesting to read that felicity cloake column because i think I learn a lot from the process discussion even if I don't always agree with her idea of perfection - I have had ricotta cheesecake and like cream cheese one better but I am interested in a cornflakes base - your fruity topping looks great

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

I was intrigued by the cornflakes but I had the same thought that the texture might suffer. I mean cornflakes get so soft so quickly.

Kari said...

I've never made a cornflake base either but am intrigued at the idea. Having to eat it quickly isn't necessarily a bad thing ;)

2paw said...

I really like a baked cheesecake, but Nigella has a no bake one with cherries I think That is OK. I shall seek out thesis column of which you speak. Your cheesecake looks so pretty and i love the fruity topping.