This No Bake Caramel Cheesecake should come with a warning. It is that good, never mind simple. Just three ingredients are all that are required to provide a silky caramel sensation. Seriously, Serious Lush ness.
This make ahead dessert recipe is that of the crazily easy and whip it up in five minutes variety. The result is a very special one.
EVERYONE always raves about this cheesecake….EVERYONE. It is velvety and deeply caramel. A luxurious treat fit for a family meal or banquet. It can wear both hats effortlessy. Think designer trainers.
This is the dessert recipe you go to when time is tight but you’re in need of a caramel cuddle and Lord I could do with one of those………
I’ve been to the dentist. Apparently my gum line is receding…..who blinkin knew? In five years time or so I will look like a Horse……
All that furtive brushing has unfortunately led me to this enamel moment. In my honest attempt to gain back ten years and my pearly gnashers of youth, I have brushed like a crazy woman and become very long in the tooth.
For the love of God when does this ageing thing end……bring on this Cheesecake and remember not to grin.
No Bake Caramel Cheesecake
I have to admit that no bake homemade cheesecakes are a bit of a thing of mine. I find them hard to beat. Especially when they are as easy as this baby.
Easy Desserts bring a joy to my soul like no others. Perhaps I enjoy feeling smug but mostly I think it’s because it sticks the V sign up to all the complicated chef stuff and it brings the power back to the home cook….me.
This Caramel Cheesecake is proof of point. There are very easy recipes out there that produce seriously high quality results for the average home cook and I LOVE it when I find one.
STEP 1 – Making The Base
- This recipe is simply a matter of crushing the bourbon biscuits and then smoothing the chocolatey rubble onto the base of a 8 ” spring release tin.
- I use my food processor to do this and then add the butter before giving it another couple of pulses.
- You can also use a rolling pin and crush your biscuits in a freezer bag.
- Tip them into your tin and smooth them evenly over your base.
- Chill in the fridge for thirty minutes or ten minutes in the freezer. The base needs to be really hard before the filling goes on top.
STEP 2 – Mixing The Filling
- I mix the filling up in two phases. The first is the cream cheese and caramel condensed milk.
- When that is well mixed I then add the cream and whip again until very thick.
- I use my free standing mixer but a large mixing bowl and hand held electric whisk will work too.
- Keep going until it looks like below. You do need it to be really thick.
STEP 3 – Filling The Tin
- Dollop into the tin and smooth over with a spatula. Make sure that you push all the filling down so that you don’t get any air pockets.
STEP 3 – Chilling The Cheesecake
- Chill in the fridge for at least 4 hours or overnight.
- A whole hour before you want to serve it put it in the freezer…..Yes the freezer. So that is 5 hours setting in total at least.
- It is on the soft side if served from the fridge and I have done this many times but it is a whole bunch better/easier to cut for the freezer treatment
- It makes the whole recipe damn well perfect. The crowd always goes wild.
- You can then keep any left overs in the fridge covered. I have put it in the freezer for 2 hours before when I have forgotten all about it! It was still fine.
- I use shop bought caramel/toffee sauce to drizzle on top because I always tend to have it in the cupboard, but of course you can use your own. I squeeze it in a drizzly random fashion.
- You can add any toppings that float your caramel boat. Toffee Popcorn is always a good one and looks dead fancy pants.
How do I tell if my cheesecake filling is thick enough?
- Make sure you use cold from the fridge double cream. The double cream must not be a dairy free or vegan substitute.
- Make sure you use full fat cheese.
- Use an electric mixer for best whipping results.
- The filling should be very thick and not sloppy at all. The whisk should leave lines in it that don’t fill back up.
IF YOU LIKE NO BAKE CHEESECAKES THEN YOU MIGHT LIKE THESE
No Bake Caramel Cheesecake
This recipe for No Bake Caramel Cheesecake is so simple yet insanely delicious. Soft and velvety caramel filling lies on a Chocolate Biscuit base.
- 397 grams caramel condensed milk 1 tin
- 300 mls double cream
- 340 grams full fat cream cheese
- toffee/caramel sauce for decorating
- 200 grams bourbon biscuits
- 70 grams unsalted butter melted
Crush 200 grams bourbon biscuits. I use a food processor but you can put them in a plastic bag and use a rolling pin to crush them. Add 70 grams/2.5 oz butter and mix well. Empty the biscuit crumbs into a 20 cm loose bottomed, spring release tin and smooth evenly with the back of a spoon.
Place in the freezer for ten minutes or the fridge for at least 30 minutes. The base wants to be hard.
Put 340 grams cream cheese and tin of condensed milk caramel into a bowl and whisk for a couple of minutes with an electric hand held whisk or in a free standing mixer. The mixture will become thick. Add 300 mls of double cream and whisk again until very thick.
Dollop the mixture out onto your biscuit base and smooth evenly. Put it in the fridge for at least 4 hours, more if it suits you. It can be made the day before even.
An hour before you are going to serve it put it in the freezer in it's tin and leave it there for an hour. So that will make 5 hours in total setting time at least.
When ready to serve or earlier if it suits you, drizzle over toffee sauce in a drizzly manner.
Apply to Horse Face.
Run a flat edged knife carefully around the inner edge of the cheesecake when you are ready to serve. Then gently release the outer edge and push the cheesecake up from the bottom and clear of the tin. I leave the tin base under the cheesecake and just try to be careful when cutting through the base of the cheesecake when slicing.
It is on the soft side so an hour before you are ready to serve, put it in it's tin in the freezer for an hour.
PIN NO BAKE CARAMEL CHEESECAKE FOR LATER
Do let me know how you got on in the comments below. I love a good old hairy chinwag!
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