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No Bake Cheesecake And A New Computer

Hallelujah!  My new computer was delivered yesterday and I couldn’t be happier. It is so nice, pleasant and so much easier to write a post on my laptop. I had a Mac Air and got the same computer, I still have to go to Genius Bar at the Apple Store to see if my old computer’s hard drive is damaged, if it is, my data cannot be retrieved but if not they can transfer to the new one. Fingers crossed.

On July 4th I went to my friends house for a BBQ, I made some hummus using Ottolenghi’s great recipe, some pita bread, veggie burgers and a cheesecake. I found this recipe on Food and Wine, it looked ethereal, light and creamy and I had to give it a try. This is a no bake cheesecake so no hot oven and no eggs. It is very easy to make and the recipe calls for cream cheese, ricotta, mascarpone or sour cream (I used creme fraiche) and whipped cream, it is flavored with a little lemon juice. In the recipe they use a combination of amaretti and graham crackers, I used only graham crackers. Everyone at the BBQ said it is the best cheesecake they have ever had, I have to agree it is wonderful and this recipe will go into my must make again SOON file. They call for a 8 inch springform pan, I only had a 9 inch so I doubled the recipe. There was leftover filling which I made into a small upside down cheesecake. My cousins were in town and came over for dinner and I served it for dessert. The bottom layer was roasted rainier cherries, filing on top of the cherries and crushed graham crackers on top. This was also exceptional.

I am bringing this dessert with me to Fiesta Friday #179. This weeks co hosts are Petra@Food Eat Love and Laura@Feast Wisely. Hope you all have a chance to stop by, it’s always a fun party!!

Triple Cheese Cheesecake

Food and Wine

Makes an 8 inch cake

Graham Cracker Crust

1 1/2 cups crushed graham crackers (approx 12 crackers)

pinch of kosher salt

1/4 cup sugar

5 tbs melted butter

Mix the crushed graham crackers, salt, sugar and melted butter until fully incorporated. Heat oven to 350 degree’s. Press the graham cracker mixture into the spring form pan coming about half way up the sides of the pan. Bake approximately 12 minutes. When you smell it it’s done, it should be lightly browned. Let cool and set aside while you make the filling.

Filling

1 tsp powdered gelatin

2 tbs cold water

3/4 cup chilled heavy cream

2 8 oz packages cream cheese, softened

3/4 cup ricotta (whole milk)

3/4 cup sugar

pinch of salt

1/4 cup mascarpone, sour cream or creme fraiche

1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

In a microwave safe bowl sprinkle the gelatin over 2 tbs of cold water. Set aside.

Whip the cream into soft peaks and refrigerate.

Add the cream cheese, ricotta, sugar and salt to mixer and whip on high speed until light and fluffy about 5 minutes. Beat in the mascarpone/sour cream or creme fraiche and lemon juice until combined.

Microwave the gelatin for about 5-7 minutes until it melts. Scrape into the cheese mixture and whip until combined.  Fold in the whipped cream. Spoon into the baked graham cracker crust, smooth the top, cover and refrigerate at least 3 hours but best overnight.

Serve with fresh fruit, fruit compote or roasted or poached fruit.

Upside down cheesecake with leftover filling

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. Congratulations on your new computer and I hope your data from your old computer can be retrieved. Your cheesecake looks scrumptious and this recipe might help with my German version of a yogurt cake that had given up on. Thank you! I love your leftover dessert.

    July 7, 2017
    • Hi Gerlinde, thank you, was supposed to go to Genius Bar today but had to reschedule was too busy, going on Tuesday and yes I hope my data can be retrieved. This is a wonderful cheesecake, I love the recipe and plan on making it again. Do you have the yogurt cake on your blog?

      July 7, 2017
      • I don’t have it on my blog yet. I am still trying to improve the recipe. The recipe is from a German calendar I get every year and it needs a little bit more flavor and richness for the American palate. It has very little sugar and is mixed with canned apricots . My tasters did not approve. Good luck with your data retrieval.

        July 8, 2017
  2. So happy you’ve got your new computer (laptop) and you’re enjoying it.
    xxx Gigantic Hugs xxx

    July 7, 2017
    • Hello David, thank you so much. I was disjointed without my computer, feel so much better now and totally enjoying it. Have a wonderful weekend and huge hugs back my friend.

      July 7, 2017
  3. That indeed looks lite and creamy! I’d love a big ole slice! We will both be at the genius bar today! I got me a new Mac (macbook pro) too!

    July 7, 2017
    • I had to reschedule my Genius Bar appointment too much going on I couldn’t get away. How did it go today? Thank you so much. I plan on getting the pro soon as well and will keep this one as a back up and portable computer. I love Mac air, its so thin and light.

      July 7, 2017
  4. Yum

    July 7, 2017
  5. I’m so excited for you about the new Mac!! Isn’t the photo resolution great?!?! And your cheesecake! Thanks for sharing the recipe! I’ve been admiring it since seeing your pic on Instagram. Xoxo

    July 7, 2017
    • I will only use Mac or apple products they are so good, yes the photo resolution is great, same with my iPhone. Thank you so much, it’s a wonderful cheesecake!!

      July 7, 2017
  6. Wow ! Suzanne, this cheesecake sounds so delicious and decadent ! Well done on the new computer… 🙂

    July 7, 2017
  7. I see my wish came true and you have a new computer, Suzanne! The cheesecake is to die for! I’m so envious of the people at the barbecue. I could imagine everything you described. This post is a lovely way to begin the weekend. Mega hugs.

    July 7, 2017
    • Thank you for wishing this for me. I love my computer, it’s so nice not having to use the iPad, ugh… Hope you have a wonderful weekend. Faerie story still dancing in my head.

      July 7, 2017
  8. Congrats on the new laptop! Looking forward to all the amazing recipes you post. 😀

    July 7, 2017
    • Thank you so much Michele, I am back logged but will get things written up.

      July 7, 2017
  9. Cheesecake looks to die for 🙂

    July 7, 2017
  10. The cheesecake looks delish

    July 7, 2017
  11. Congratulation you got a new computer. So we can see more and more post from you now, yay!

    July 7, 2017
    • Hi Mochi, thank you so much, yes at long last a new computer and I am so happy.

      July 7, 2017
  12. Love cheesecake, just shared my Pear cheesecake recipe a few hours ago 😀

    July 7, 2017
    • Playing catch up, have to go look at your cheesecake I know it will be amazing. Thank you so much.

      July 7, 2017
      • Hope you checked it out and liked it 😊

        July 8, 2017
  13. You never cease to amaze me with your recipes, Suzanne. Congratulations on your new computer and good luck with your old one. Have a fun weekend.

    July 7, 2017
    • Hi Mary, thank you so much, so pleased with the computer and feel like I have so much to catch up on. Have a wonderful weekend.

      July 7, 2017
  14. It’s great that you got to replace your damaged computer and I so hope you get to retrieve all your files. I ‘m sure there is a lot of hard work stored in there.
    No bake cheese cakes are just perfect for these hot summer days when we are so reluctant to turn on the oven…looks delicious Suzanne 😊

    July 7, 2017
    • Hi Marisa, thank you so much. Yes there is a ton of documents and important folders on my computer. Fingers crossed. This was my first time making a no bake cheesecake and also glad it worked. Thank you again.

      July 8, 2017
  15. Congrats! Yes, I’m with you – I can only post from the normal computer, can’t write a full post from the mobile devices.

    The cheesecake looks delicious, will have to try it one day! Cheers!

    July 8, 2017
    • Thank you so much Anatoli, I’m with you just can’t really work on the iPad or iPhone effectively. I need a keyboard to work on. Thanks again.

      July 8, 2017
  16. Sandhya #

    Congratulations on your new computer! I hope you can retrieve the data from your old computer too.
    The no bake cheesecake looks superb Suzanne and what a genius idea to use the leftover filling as an upside down cheesecake! Your cousins must have enjoyed the yummy cheesecake.
    Glad you had a great 4th of July!

    July 8, 2017
    • Thank you Sandhya, I have my fingers crossed that my data can be retrieved. Hoping for the best. Thank you so much!

      July 8, 2017
  17. Susanne, this looks so good and I love how you decorated with just a few choice pieces of fruit. Stunning! I don’t know why I have never made a “no bake” cheesecake except that the recipes I’ve seen have mostly been very heavy looking and in the back of my head I always think that maybe it’s a cheat!

    This has such a lovely looking texture (the gelatin probably helps – it looks almost like a mousse) and I’m sure the combo of the cream cheese with the creme fraiche is amazing.

    So glad you got a new computer and good look on the recovery!

    July 8, 2017
    • Hi Molie, it is almost like a mousse. The gelatin does stiffen it and makes it stand up, without it this would have to be served in bowl and eaten with a spoon. I had never made a no bake cheesecake, was afraid it would be soupy. This recipe works, its very creamy and delicious. Thank you so much.

      July 8, 2017
      • 🙂 Adding yet another of your recipes to my must make list!!

        July 9, 2017
  18. The cheesecake[I love cheesecake] looks absolutely wonderful the fact that is a no bake makes it even better.. Glad you have a new computer.

    July 8, 2017
    • No bake is the best part, simply to hot to bake right now. Thank you so much Dyanna, I am loving my computer!!

      July 8, 2017
  19. Congrates on de computer 👍. The cheesecake looks dreamy.

    July 8, 2017
  20. Yay for your new computer! Good luck with the hard drive. This cheesecake looks great! I have to figure out what “heavy cream” in Spanish is… (it’s a whole big world all these different creams, and in a country where they don’t have sour cream, etc etc, figuring out what to put in cakes is always an adventure). xx

    July 8, 2017
    • Hi Sofia and thank you. In England it would be double cream, whipping cream. Not sure in Spain, hmmm. the thickest heaviest cream you can find. Do you have buttermilk? Creme Fraiche? Interesting how things can be so different from country to country. Have a wonderful day!!

      July 8, 2017
      • We don’t have buttermilk! Creme fraiche occasionally yes.. have a great day!

        July 8, 2017
  21. Looks delicious. I have never tried a no-bake cheesecake. Happy belated 4th!

    July 8, 2017
    • Hi Michelle, thank you so much and happy belated 4th of July to you as well!

      July 9, 2017
  22. This cheesecake looks so yummy–It’s great that it’s no-bake, too! Hope you are able to retrieve your data from your old computer!

    July 8, 2017
  23. Lovely to meet you Suzanne and thanks for sharing your lovely cake at Fiesta Friday….I’m a fellow dog lover and my two fur babies just got an early Christmas present – new leads and collars hand made in Brooklyn by a family company called Found….you may want to check them out as they’re on your doorstep!

    July 8, 2017
    • Hi Laura and so nice to meet you as well. Always great to get to know a fellow pet mom!! I have never heard of that company but will check them out thank you!!

      July 9, 2017
  24. Oh yay Suzanne, you are up and running again! Still keeping my fingers crossed for your data. A no-bake cheesecake is a fabulous dessert in this sizzling hot summer. Yum yum, I’d love a slice of this right now. xo

    July 9, 2017
    • Yes almost there all I need is to be able to retrieve the data. Totally agree about the no bake cheesecake it’s perfect in this hot weather. Hope you have an awesome Sunday!

      July 9, 2017
  25. Yay, cheesecake and laptops…..life is good.

    July 9, 2017
  26. I’m so happy about your new computer. And hoping you get your info off of the old one. Yikes. This cheesecake is absolutely ethereal!!!

    July 11, 2017
    • Thank you Mimi, something I took for granted is now cherished. Being without my computer for weeks made me feel disconnected. So glad I was able to get another one.

      July 11, 2017
      • I believe it! It’s sad, but it’s our way of life now.

        July 11, 2017
      • It is right but it’s part of our way of life❤️

        July 11, 2017
  27. So glad your new computer is in the house!! Hope you have many years of sending us all recipes and your stories on it. Did you find out by now if they’ll be able to retrieve everything from your old computer?? That would be so wonderful to have it all! And— love the cheesecake. I read through the recipe and I’ve tried using gelatin before with spotty results. But you make it sound all matter of fact and really do-able. so I’m hoping to give this a try. So pretty and bright for a warm summer supper. thanks Suzanne! You are amazing…

    July 12, 2017
  28. Yay, a new computer! Isn’t it exciting getting a new toy?! 😂 And that’s a beautiful cheesecake!

    July 14, 2017
  29. Getting a new computer is always exciting, I’m due for one soon! Your cheesecake looks heavenly.

    July 17, 2017
  30. Yay to both!

    July 30, 2017
  31. Loving the look of that cheesecake! And congrats on your new computer 🙂

    September 10, 2017

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