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No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake

No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake. An easy dessert recipe made from simple ingredients including economical frozen strawberries, which means you can make it year round.

No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake close up photo of a single slice.

No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake. Make it year round with frozen strawberries!

Just last week, Spouse and I were discussing favourite Sunday supper desserts from our childhood. I was always a big fan of a Sunday trifle, but she said hers was an ever popular no bake cherry cheesecake.

Growing up in the 70’s as we both did, a New York style baked cheesecake was not nearly as popular as it’s no-bake counterpart. It was practically the only kind we knew.

No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake overhead photo of uncut cake

No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake.

I remember it was often a take-along dessert when going to my grandparents or a favourite aunt’s for Sunday dinner. It was also much anticipated childhood treat if we knew it was being served.

I remember my mom always made it in a large 9×13 inch Tupperware container with a fitted lid. This made it very easy to transport and to cut into serving size squares.

No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake garnished with whipped cream and fresh berries

No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake.

Back in those days the topping was most likely going to be a can of E.D Smith’s brand cherry pie filling. It’s odd how I loved that stuff back then, but really dislike it now.

I’m not sure if it tasted better then. We often say things tasted better back then, but is it just the pleasant memory of Sunday dinners that make it seem so? I suspect it might be.

An updated approach for No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake.

These days my pie fillings are all homemade with no artificial colours or flavours. If using a cherry pie filling these days, I would use the topping from my cherry cheesecake pie!

No Bake Cherry Cheesecake Pie

No Bake Cherry Cheesecake Pie

That’s also made quite economically with frozen cherries. It’s far better than any canned variety I can guarantee.

This cheesecake conversation happened around the time of a freezer cleanout. A large bag of frozen strawberries were at the top of my list to use and free up some space.

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Frozen strawberries do indeed make this cheesecake dessert more economical. Perhaps even more importantly they are always available, making it an ideal year round dessert.

We decided a strawberry topping for a cheesecake would be a good idea for Sunday dinner that weekend. With no-bake cheesecake still on our minds, we decided to make one in a springform pan and not a flat baking dish. 

We thought that would present better and be easier to serve that way. We were glad we did!

Everyone loved it and it sparked a few more delicious memories too.

Roasted Strawberry Jam close up image

Roasted Strawberry Jam

One thing we did say was that we would be trying this idea with my Roasted Strawberry Jam next time. I’d highly recommend you try that too. That jam has the most intense strawberry flavour ever!

Add the crumb mixture to the preepared spring form pan

Set the whipped cream aside while softening the cream cheese

Set the whipped cream aside while softening the cream cheese

Chopping the cream cheese into smaller pieces makes it easier to mix

Chopping the cream cheese into smaller pieces makes it easier to mix.

Beat to soften the cream cheese

Beat to soften the cream cheese.

Add part of the whipped cream back the softened cream cheese and beat until smooth.

Add part of the whipped cream back the softened cream cheese and beat until smooth.

Spread the cream cheese filling over the prepared crust

Spread the cream cheese filling over the prepared crust.

When cool, add the strawberry mixture on top.

When cool, add the strawberry mixture on top.

 

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No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake garnished with whipped cream and fresh berries
Yield: 16 servingd

No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake

Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Additional Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 45 minutes

No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake. An easy dessert recipe made from simple ingredients including economical frozen strawberries, which means you can make it year round.

Ingredients

For the crust

  • 1 ½ cups graham cracker crumbs, or digestive biscuit crumbs
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 3 tbsp sugar

For the Cream Cheese Filling

  • 1 pound of cream cheese [2 eight ounce (250 gram) packages]
  • 1 cup icing sugar powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla bean paste, or pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups whipping cream

For the strawberry topping

  • 4 cups fresh or frozen strawberries
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 3 tbsp corn starch dissolved in ¼ cup cold water

Instructions

To prepare the crumb crust


  1. Line the bottom of a 9 inch spring form pan with parchment paper but do not grease the sides.
  2. Mix together the graham crumbs butter and sugar and press evenly into the bottom of the prepared spring form pan.

For the cream cheese layer


  1. Remove 3 rounded tbsp of the icing sugar from the 1 cup you have measured.
  2. Add the 3 tbsp icing sugar to the bowl of an electric mixer along with the vanilla extract and whipping cream.
  3. Beat together to firm peaks, then transfer the whipped cream to a separate bowl.
  4. Now add the remaining powdered sugar and the cream cheese to the electric mixer bowl and cream together well until smooth and the cream cheese is well softened.
  5. Add about 1/2 cup of the whipped cream to the softened cream cheese mixture and beat again until smooth. (This step helps soften the cream cheese mixture a little more for the next step)
  6. Finally fold in the remaining whipped cream by hand until smooth, using a rubber or silicone spatula.
  7. Spread the cream cheese filling evenly over the prepared crust and chill in the fridge for several hours or overnight.
  8. When the strawberry topping has cooled to room temperature, spoon it evenly over the filling and chill for several hours before serving.
  9. If you have the time, make this cheesecake a day in advance to get the best set on the cheesecake filling.



To prepare the strawberry topping

  1. Combine the strawberries and sugar in a saucepan and bring to a gentle boil.
  2. Thicken with 3 tbsp cornstarch dissolved in ¼ cup cold water, which is added to the strawberries while stirring gently.
  3. Boil gently for 1 additional minute, stirring constantly.
  4. Allow to cool completely to room temperature before spooning it evenly over the cheesecake layer.
  5. Chill several hours or overnight before serving.
  6. Garnish with additional whipped cream and berries if you like.

Notes

The strawberry layer can be added as soon as it cools to room temperature. Once the strawberry layer is added I usually do let it chill overnight, but if you make it in the morning, it should be chilled enough by dinner time.

Nutrition Information

Yield

16

Serving Size

1 slice

Amount Per Serving Calories 342Total Fat 23gSaturated Fat 14gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 7gCholesterol 64mgSodium 165mgCarbohydrates 33gFiber 1gSugar 25gProtein 3g

The nutritional information provided is automatically calculated by third party software and is meant as a guideline only. Exact accuracy is not guaranteed. For recipes where all ingredients may not be used entirely, such as those with coatings on meats, or with sauces or dressings for example, calorie & nutritional values per serving will likely be somewhat lower than indicated.

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Dianne Baan

Saturday 17th of April 2021

Love your recipes always interesting and I’m always looking for new things to bake and cook especially with any interesting variations on old favourites

Izzy

Sunday 11th of April 2021

Why do you use cup measurements when most people weigh their ingredients in either grams or ounces? I don’t know how big the cup should be!!!

Gloria Burgoyne

Sunday 11th of April 2021

looks and sounds yummy. Is this the same recipe as 9 x 12 pan or would you need more graham crust? Also I am type2 diabetic so can I use some artificial sweetener or half And half as long as it is powdered form? Thanks, Gloria

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