Friday, October 2, 2009

No-Bake Freezer Cheesecake


My mother-in-law came for a visit last weekend. Her birthday was just a few weeks ago, so I wanted to make a special dessert for her. Her favorite is cheesecake.

This recipe comes with a warning.

If your 40th birthday is the next week and you'd like to lose 10 pounds first (but would settle for 5), like someone I know really, really well....

{ok...it's me}

....this might not be the best choice to help you reach that goal.

I love this recipe, not only does it have a chocolatey, slightly salty and sweet crust; it has a layer of ganache (!), and is topped with delicious cheesecake.

AND, you make it ahead of time and pop it in the freezer! No baking!

The dangerous part, though...it calls to you from the freezer. I swear! "Remember me? You made me 2 days ago. Let me out into the light. EAT ME!" Well, something like that.

Sigh. Oh well, I think 40 and chubby is a good thing.

Never trust a skinny cook, right?

No-Bake Cheesecake
(modified from MarthaStewart.com)

CRUST
  • Vegetable oil for coating the pan
  • 18 ounces chocolate wafers (about 90), finely ground (4 1/2 cups)
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 6 ounces (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt


GANACHE
  • 6 ounces bittersweet chocolate (preferably 61 percent), finely chopped
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
FILLING
  • 32 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 & 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
Using a paper towel, coat a 10-inch springform pan with vegetable oil. Mix wafers, sugar, butter, and salt in a medium bowl. Pat mixture into pan, pressing firmly into bottom and all the way up sides. Cover, and refrigerate until ready to fill.

Place chopped chocolate in a food processor. Bring cream to a simmer in a small saucepan, then pour over chocolate. Let sit several minutes, then process until smooth. Reserve a few tablespoons ganache for decorating, and spread the remainder evenly on bottom and all the way up sides of crust. Cover, and refrigerate until ready to fill.

Beat cream cheese with a mixer on medium speed until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Reduce speed to low, and slowly add sugar and salt. Raise speed to medium-high, and beat until very fluffy, about 3 minutes. Beat in lemon juice.

In a separate bowl, beat the cream with the whisk attachment until medium-stiff peaks form. Whisk 1/4 of the whipped cream into cream cheese mixture, then fold in remaining whipped cream. Pour filling into crust, and use an offset spatula to spread evenly.

Transfer reserved ganache to a pastry bag and decorate as desired. (For my mother-in-law, I wrote "Happy Birthday;" last time, I just made squiggly lines. :) That looked better.)

Cover, and freeze for at least 1 hour or overnight. Unmold cheesecake and serve immediately.


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39 comments:

  1. This looks amazing! Don't you wish the freezer was soundproof so you wouldn't hear the voice from the freezer? He calls to me often :)

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  2. oooh that sounds good and easy. I am such a wimp when it comes to cheesecake, but the no-bake kind i can handle because while I love love love to eat it, I have only made one...yes one, many many years ago!

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  3. Great post, sounds yummy! Good idea for an emergency dessert!

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  4. This was delicious! Glad I was able to sample it!

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  5. Every girl is entitled to a gooey birthday cake! Forty is fabulous, and with a cake like this, I'm sure you'll enjoy the celebration. Happy (early) birthday!

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  6. Yum-O Bridget!! I will definately try this!! Thank you for sharing!! I do agree Fory is Fabulous!!!

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  7. Getting even with the mother in law huh?! LOL no, I would love it if a daughter in law did such a thing for me..it looks so nummy! Come say hi :D

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  8. WOW this looks SOOO DELICIOUS! I will have to save the recipe for another time - I am sadly on a diet right now - *sigh* Have a great day and happy weekend! Hugs, Trac~ :o)

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  9. Good Lord--this looks fantastic!! What greater combo exists than cheesecake and chocolate? There simply is none. Yummmmm . . .

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  10. I'm pretty sure my pants won't fit this morning just from LOOKING at the cake. Yum!

    I think I need to know your birthday.

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  11. Oh just stick a fork in me right now. I am definitely done! Holy moly girl. What kind of evil are you?!? I guess that would be the sweetest kind.

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  12. ...and the last slice of it not-so-mysteriously disappeared Thursday night after 10pm ;-) Yummmmm....

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  13. That looks good!

    Please, no lie since I started blogging I've gained 15 pounds. If I could just quit eating after 7 I'd be golden!
    ~ingrid

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  14. Oh, this looks SOOOOO GOOD!! I love frozen treats (to be honest, regular cake isn't my favorite) so I will definitely try this!

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  15. LOL crack me up! yes the 40's are MUCH better chubby! I should know- I lost 20 pound 2 years ago and couldn't keep it off!- DARN BLOGGING! LOL

    This looks wonderful!! sinful like that chocolate peanut butter cake I made last week! LOL - isn't it terrible how they learn your name and just call it all the time! LOL

    ~TidyMom

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  16. Happy Birthday to you too! Remember... Forty is the new 20!

    This looks amazing and I will be making it! Dangerous. But only because I am the only one in our home that likes Cheesecake. Probably better to take to work.

    Happy weekend!

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  17. Ahhhhh! Cheesecake and chocolate! Love the sound of chocolate crust-salty and sweet. My husband's fav is cheesecake and this no-bake one I would love to try!
    ~Nancy

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  18. Oh my gosh, that layer of ganache is calling to me! I love no-bake recipes!

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  19. simply delicious! I agree never trust a skinny chef :) ha it s my tummy saying this .

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  20. Yum... eating it frozen would be cheesecake ice cream.
    Mimi

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  21. This looks reallllly good! I can't make this unless I have a houseful of guests. Thanks for sharing!

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  22. I think I just gained 5 lbs. by just reading this post! This looks so delicious....now I need to think of an occasion to make one.

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  23. oh.my.god that looks sooo good. I want some now!

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  24. Fabulous! Love cream cheese filling!

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  25. It looks so rich and delicious. I haven't had cheesecake in too long and this no-bake kind makes it easy to put together.

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  26. Yum!! I love it when I have an excuse to make a cake :) Happy early bday- hope you're going to make yourself something fabulous for the big day!!

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  27. I think that cheesecake is calling me now! :)

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  28. I almost licked my screen with those photos! What a delicious recipe. Forget the pre-bday weight loss. Make a birthday year goal instead. After all, what sounds more impressive: a 39 year-old who lost 10 lbs. or a 40 year-old who lost 20?

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  29. OMG, so delicious!!! And if the poor cheesecake is asking you to eat it, what else should you do? =)

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  30. Oh wow! This looks incredible!! You always amaze me. Every time I come to your blog, lol.

    By the way, did you ever see my post on the pencil cookies I tried thanks to you that I warned you I was attempting? ;)

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  31. This looks super delicious! I love how easy it is:)

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  32. Seems so yummy. I definitely going to try this. Its mouthwatring.

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  33. Haha! I recently found your blog... LOVE IT! I envy your piping skills too!!

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  34. My husband and I are rolling. We laughed so hard at your post as well as some of the comments. I am drooling now and its 11pm. Thanks.

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  35. Great birthday dessert! I adore cheesecake ! Really nice instruction!

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