Desserts that do not require any baking can sometimes have a negative connotation of not being as good as ones that spend some time in the oven, but rest assured, this no bake cheesecake will be the star of the next party you bring it to.
No Bake Cheesecake
1 8 oz bar cream cheese (softened)
1 pre-made pie crust
⅓ cup granulated sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
7 oz of Coconut Almond Toffee (5 oz chopped)
For a homemade cheesecake crust:
2 ¼ cups graham cracker crumbs
5 tablespoons of granulated sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
10 tablespoons unsalted butter (melted)
For whipped cream:
1 pint of heavy whipping cream
½ cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
In a large mixing bowl, thoroughly mix the cream cheese, sugar and vanilla extract until combined
In a small, metal mixing bowl, whisk together the heavy cream, confectioners’ sugar and vanilla extract until desired texture is reached
For a homemade crust, whisk the graham cracker crumbs, sugar and salt in a large bowl
Add the melted butter in and stir until combined
Pour the mixture into a springform pan or pie tin and evenly distribute it throughout
Pack the crumbs firmly to the bottom and sides of the pan using a measuring cup, a glass or your fingers
Keep refrigerated until ready to add in the filling
Add the ¾ of the whipped cream along with the 5 oz of chopped toffee into the mixture.
Fill the crust with the mixture and smooth the top before covering the pie with a lid
Leave in the fridge for at least 8 hours or overnight
Once ready to serve, use the remaining 2 oz of toffee and the remaining ¼ of whipped cream to garnish the border of the pie
A. Using fresh coconut shavings and drizzling the pie with melted caramel before putting it in the fridge to harden adds another layer or flavor to this cheesecake
B. Using twine and separating the cheesecake filling into five quadrants allows you to make a different section for each of our five flavors of toffee and get a variety of flavors
C. Oreos, Chips Ahoy or even homemade cookies crumbled down can make for an even flavorful and creative crust (some pre-crumbled cookies are available for purchase but putting whole cookies in a Ziplock bag and crushing them with a rolling pin works well)
D. The whipped cream flavoring can be enhanced with other extract flavors, spices such as cinnamon, and even choice liquors like bourbon
E. Adding ground coffee powder into the whipped cream mixture can add another kick of flavor and texture to any cheesecake
While traditional cheesecake recipes incorporate a cream cheese, sugar and vanilla base, the inclusion of a whipped topping such as whipped cream makes this dessert so much lighter and fluffier to enjoy. The coconut almond toffee provides a welcomed crunch within the filling and on top, perfectly pairing with the graham cracker crust.
No bake cakes have become more popular in recent years, especially with the prominence of gluten-related allergies and intolerances. No bake cakes and other deserts can also be more convenient with those who are less experienced in the kitchen. The margin of error for adding too much or too little baking powder/soda can be razor thin and each oven has their own range of temperatures that may not correlate with a recipe. While no bake cakes are less traditional, the preparation and clean-up have made them gain some traction throughout the online desert world more recently.
Cheesecake recipes that do not require baking are often gluten-free or even vegan depending on the crust and filings, and can easily be enhanced by a variety of toppings ranging from salty to sweet to savory. This no bake cheesecake calls for a pre-made graham cracker crust (either traditional or chocolate flavored), but making a gluten-free crust is certainly possible as well.
Best Cheesecake Flavors
Some of the best cheesecake flavors are reliant on what pairs well with cream cheese. When talking about a classic cheesecake recipe, adding strawberries on top with a side of whipped cream is an overall crowd pleaser.
One of the best cheesecake flavors that has been circulating the web is one that includes a variety of fruits for each slice. Fruits such as raspberries, blueberries, kiwis and blackberries are also used as cheesecake toppings and provide a natural sweetness to it. Since cheesecakes are typically presented with pre-cut slices separated by wax paper, using a variety of cheesecake toppings to create multiple flavors is something strongly encouraged.
Other cheesecake toppings include cookie dough, Oreos, M&Ms, and even some cereals. Anything that brings another texture into the mix without overpowering the core filling will make for a great cheesecake flavor.