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No-Bake Refrigerator Cheese Torte: A Family Recipe

My mother was an excellent cook who taught me a great deal as she cooked from scratch. Today, both my hubby and I enjoy cooking.

Refrigerator Cheese Torte.  Wish you could have a slice right now!

Refrigerator Cheese Torte. Wish you could have a slice right now!

Decades-Old Family Recipe

This refrigerator cheese torte recipe comes from my great aunt Alvina. One of her two sisters was my great grandmother (my maternal grandfather's mother). We called her "Granny."

I remember my Granny and also my great aunt Alvina from when I was a child still living in Wisconsin. I've included a photo of the three sisters below. My great aunt Alvina is the tallest of the sisters in the middle.

Refrigerator Cheese Torte

This is a much lighter recipe compared to most cheesecake recipes. It is not an overly sweet dessert but rather more on the refreshing side with the slight lemony tang. I think that lime zest and lime juice would make for a subtle variation if something other than lemon were desired as a flavoring component.

A graham cracker or other crumbly crust (even no crust) could be substituted for the cornflake crust called for in this heritage recipe, in my opinion. It was fun, however, keeping this dessert recipe accurate to the past. I hope that you enjoy this recipe from the days of yesteryear.

Ingredients

For the Filling:

  • 2 tablespoons gelatin
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 1 pound dry cottage cheese, (I used ricotta)
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 lemon rinds and juice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/2 pint whipping cream

For the Crust:

  • 4 cups cornflakes
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/8 cup sugar

Step 1: Make the Cornflake Crust

Back when this recipe was handwritten, there were no instructions on how to make the cornflake crust. It was probably well known to home cooks back in that era, but I had to search online to find a contemporary recipe. I found one that was published on September 8, 1950, in a newspaper called the Deseret News. Here are the instructions that appeared there:

  1. Roll or grind cornflakes to make 1 cup of fine crumbs and combine with the sugar and the softened butter. Reserve some of the bits for the top of the cheese torte.
  2. Mix thoroughly and press the mixture evenly and firmly around the edges and bottom of the pan. I used the back of a spoon to press the crumbs into the springform pan firmly. (Apparently, this cornflake pastry recipe was also used for pies as the directions said to press them into a pie pan.)
  3. Chill the crust before the cooled filling is added. This step needs to be done before the cheese mixture is made.

Note: I allowed an hour or so in the refrigerator for the crust to set up before starting the cheese mixture.

Step 2: Make the Cheese Torte Filling

  1. Soften the gelatin in cold water.
  2. Put slightly beaten egg yolks in a double boiler with salt, milk, and sugar.
  3. Over the heated water, cook until it thickens, stirring occasionally.
  4. Remove from fire (heat source), add grated lemon rind and gelatin...stirring until gelatin is dissolved. Then cool.
  5. While the mixture is cooling, beat the egg whites until they form stiff peaks.
  6. In another bowl, beat the whipping cream until it is also well whipped.
  7. Before gelatin hardens, beat in cottage cheese, lemon juice, and the vanilla using an egg beater.
  8. Next, fold in the beaten egg whites and whipped cream.

Step 3: Assemble the Torte

  1. Butter a springform pan well and line it with the cornflake pastry.
  2. Pour in the cheese mixture and cover with the remaining corn flake crumbs.
  3. Chill thoroughly for 5 or more hours.
Unmolded Refrigerator Cheese Torte prior to slicing and being served.

Unmolded Refrigerator Cheese Torte prior to slicing and being served.

Cornflake History

Did you know that the readily available cornflake cereals of which most anyone reading this is undoubtedly very familiar started out as the result of an accident? Sometimes inventions are purposeful and intended, and other times they are unexpected as happened in the case of corn flakes.

In the State of Michigan, back in the late 1800s, was a sanitarium operated by Dr. John Harvey Kellogg. His younger brother, Will Keith Kellogg, served as the business manager at the Battle Creek Sanitarium.

The brothers were both Seventh Day Adventists and believed in treating their patients with a vegetarian diet devoid of not only meat but also things like sugary items, alcohol, tobacco and even stimulants like coffee or tea. Exercise and fresh air activities were promoted.

Wealthy people from all walks of life came to be managed as well as pampered, much like going to a health spa today for a week or more of a proper diet, exercise, and treatments.

One day some cooked wheat that had been left awhile turned stale. But hoping not to waste food, they rolled it out thin, and after toasting it, flakes were discovered. The sanitarium patients probably liked the change of pace regarding diet and wanted more. It was decided to try other types of grains and create similar taste treats for the patients.

Lo and behold, a business was born!

A patent was issued in 1896, and Will Keith Kellogg founded the Battle Creek Toasted Corn Flake Company in 1906 which later became the Kellogg Company in 1922. Today this considerable business conglomerate owns and manufactures all kinds of food items worldwide.

John Harvey Kellogg and Adventism (also shows the Battle Creek Sanitarium and some of the famous people who went there for treatment.)

Another Version of a No-Bake Cheesecake Recipe

© 2012 Peggy Woods

Comments are welcomed!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 20, 2020:

Hi Liza,

I have many such old-fashioned handwritten recipes that go back several generations. I'm pleased that you liked the sound of this one.

Liza from USA on June 20, 2020:

I'm happy after founding your recipe, Peggy. The cheese torte looks delightful and pretty! I love the fact that it was a traditional recipe from your great aunt. I'm always an old-fashioned recipes advocate. I think this cheesecake torte is perfect for summertime. Thanks for the recipe. I love the photo and the handwriting recipe.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 12, 2018:

Hi C E Clark,

This is a good cheesecake recipe and certainly easy enough to make. Glad you like it.

As to the cooler temperatures, we are enjoying them as I know you must be also.

C E Clark from North Texas on October 11, 2018:

More great photos! But this is truly a delicious recipe. I know some people don't like cheesecake, but I think many of them would like this one if they were to try it. It is superb!

Cooler temperatures at last! Hope you are well, Peggy.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 05, 2015:

Hi poetryman6969,

My all time favorite cheesecake was made by a great aunt who used Ricotta cheese in it. That was a long time ago and will always remain the best in my memory. This recipe is totally different from hers, but it is good. Hers was a baked recipe. Wish I had the recipe!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 05, 2015:

Hi Patty,

Hope you enjoy the recipe. I also have a variety of cookbooks and some of them are vintage. It is fun to try a wide variety of recipes. Thanks for your comment and the ratings, etc.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 04, 2015:

Hi Mary,

That is certainly an old recipe! It took some intensive digging to find out how to make a corn flake crust. Someone who created this a long time ago probably only had that in the house and used it as a substitute. Often recipes come about in exactly that manner. Thanks for the share.

poetryman6969 on June 04, 2015:

I am not familiar with using cottage cheese in a dessert. It looks yummy and I would like to try it.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 04, 2015:

Hi Patricia,

So often the old recipes like this one are really great. When I have more time I should try out some of the other vintage ones in my grandmother's collection. Hope all is well with you and your family.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 04, 2015:

Hi Au fait,

Yes, we are now reaching the 90's here in Houston also and with the humidity it will feel like the upper 90's. Air conditioners will be humming now until much later in the year for sure! The no baking part of this dessert is nice. After trying the corn flake crust, I think that a graham cracker crust would be equally as good or perhaps even better. Thanks for the share. Stay cool up where you live!

Patty Inglish MS from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on June 03, 2015:

Your leading photo reminds me of some of my favorite cook books, so I will definitely try this delicious recipe! Rated Up and more.

Mary Hyatt from Florida on June 03, 2015:

I love it when you share those family photos! Great looking Cheese Torte. I've never tried corn flakes in a pie crust, but why not??

Will share here and Pin to my dessert board.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on June 03, 2015:

Okay! This sounds divine. Old fashioned is often the best!!! Angels are on the way this evening.

C E Clark from North Texas on June 03, 2015:

This recipe always looks so delicious and tempting, especially on days like we've had here in North Texas -- 93 degrees F. Going to be in the 90s most days from now until mid September. :( But a lovely cool desert like this can make it better! Sharing this again for people who are looking for something for a special occasion or just to sit back and relax and cool off.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 03, 2015:

Hi Au fait,

Glad you liked the sound and look of this old fashioned no bake refrigerator cheese torte recipe. Wishing you a very Happy Easter also. Appreciate the shares. :)

C E Clark from North Texas on April 02, 2015:

I love cheesecake and this looks so pretty. I think it would be perfect for welcoming spring and for a special dessert for Easter. That it is an heirloom recipe makes it even better. I love, too, that it's no bake!

Already pinned to my 'Fabulous Desserts" board, so I'm going to pin it to Awesome HubPages and post it on FB. Will of course share with my followers. Happy Easter!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 03, 2015:

Hi peachpurple,

Yes...cornflakes are actually called for as a crust in this recipe.

peachy from Home Sweet Home on February 03, 2015:

it looks very easy, can i use corn flake crumbs on top instead?

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 30, 2015:

Hi peachpurple,

Glad you liked this! :)

peachy from Home Sweet Home on January 27, 2015:

yummy, I like the way you add in the links for other recipes, easier for me to click on

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 05, 2014:

Hi Au fait,

It has been some time since I made this. Thanks for reminding me about it because of your comment and thanks for the pin. Appreciate it! ☺

C E Clark from North Texas on May 04, 2014:

This looks so delicious! Way past my bedtime (4:30 will be here in no time), but I sure do wish I had some of this for a snack. I can taste it just looking at the wonderful pictures! Pinned to Awesome Hubpages.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 07, 2013:

Hi Suzanne,

So happy to hear that you liked the sound of this no bake refrigerator cheese torte that came from my great aunt Alvina. Thanks for the votes and the share. :)

justmesuzanne from Texas on September 05, 2013:

Yum! Voted up, awesome and shared! :)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 17, 2013:

Hi toptendeals,

Glad to hear that you liked the sound of this old fashioned recipe.

Jason Benedict from Boca Raton, Florida on August 16, 2013:

This recipe looks absolutely amazing!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 14, 2013:

Hi Au fait,

You are most welcome!

C E Clark from North Texas on June 13, 2013:

Thank you for letting me know!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 13, 2013:

Hi Au fait,

Whatever you did to it...I could now access it. Thanks!

C E Clark from North Texas on June 13, 2013:

Moonlake was having trouble accessing my Pinterest acct the other day. It works fine when I click on it, but just the same I made a small change in the URL. I wonder if you would mind trying it again and let me know if it works?

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 13, 2013:

I'll have to head on over to your Pinterest account. Glad that you are having some fun with it. Thanks for the pin. :)

C E Clark from North Texas on June 12, 2013:

Know I was here just the other day, but I didn't have my Pinterest account then. Pinning this scrumptious, easy desert, to what else? My desert board, of course!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 10, 2013:

Hi Au fait,

It took me a while to find a cornflake crust recipe because this recipe is truly old. I think that it would be good crust-less. Might try that next time. It is light and refreshing. Thanks for the share.

C E Clark from North Texas on June 01, 2013:

This is a great summer desert and one of my favorites! Sharing this with my followers again to remind the longer ones that this is a great time for this desert, and to introduce the newer ones to this super yummy recipe!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 30, 2013:

Hi Suzanne,

The egg yolks are actually cooked so it is only the egg whites that are not cooked. I remember a time when people used to commonly make eggnogs and use raw eggs and also Caesar salads. I have eaten many of them in my day and so far have never had any ill effects. :) Thanks for your comment and votes.

justmesuzanne from Texas on May 26, 2013:

Looks delicious! I am a little bit concerned about the raw eggs, but I suppose if they are fresh and from healthy hens and you are careful about the temperatures there shouldn't be a problem. Voted up and useful! :)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 14, 2013:

Hi Marcy,

Nice that you will be able to put your springform pan to good use with this simple recipe. Enjoy! And thanks for your comment.

Marcy Goodfleisch from Planet Earth on May 14, 2013:

Oooh - YES! I want to try this! It looks so good, and it looks easy. And besides, I have a springform pan with not enough recipes to use it that often. Sounds so yummy, and easy. And your aunt sounds like she was a treasure.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 14, 2013:

Hi Rajan,

Yes...it was hard locating a corn flake crust recipe, but I finally found one from an old newspaper posting. Nice to know that you like the sound of this recipe. I think that I will try it using graham cracker crumbs the next time. Thanks for your comment, votes and shares.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on May 14, 2013:

Very interesting recipe and the final look of the refrigerator cheese torte is very appealing. It is interesting to note you dug out an old recipe for the cornflake crust to go with this vintage recipe.

Voted up, useful, interesting and sharing and pinning.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 23, 2013:

Thanks moonlake,

I am having fun getting to learn about Pinterest and sharing photos on it. Thanks for the pin!

moonlake from America on April 22, 2013:

I've check this recipe before but never pinned it now I will. I looks so good.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 28, 2013:

Hi Indian Chef,

I had not heard of cornflake crusts either but fortunately located an old recipe for one. They must have been common at one time many years ago. Thanks for your comment and votes.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 28, 2013:

Hi beingwell,

Actually the photo is of my great grandmother and her sisters, one of which is the author of this old fashioned refrigerator cheese torte recipe. The dresses and hats certainly date the photo! Thanks for the share and vote up.

Indian Chef from New Delhi India on March 28, 2013:

I have never heard about corn flake crusts.. Thanks for sharing a rare recipe. It is worth trying. voting it up, interesting and awesome.

beingwell from Bangkok on March 28, 2013:

Great photos! I want to make some no-bake cakes, too. Thanks for the idea. Let me just say, I adored your grandma (and siblings) photo. They look adorable with their Sunday dresses! Sharing and voted up.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 16, 2012:

Hi Ethel,

This old fashioned recipe is indeed very light and airy to eat. If you decide to try it, let me know what you think. Thanks!

Ethel Smith from Kingston-Upon-Hull on December 16, 2012:

It looks lovely. I imagine it is quite light to eat. Thanks Peggy another great recipe :)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 11, 2012:

Hello Kathleen,

A cinnamon graham cracker crust and an orange flavor in place of the corn flake crust and lemon lemon flavor would also be delicious. The refrigerator cheese torte is extremely light which is what I liked most about it. So nice that reading this brought back good memories for you of your grandma and your mom. Thanks for leaving a comment.

Kathleen on November 11, 2012:

My Grandma Myrtle made this for my mom every year for her birthday cake with the variation of a cinnamon graham cracker crust and ours does not call for lemon, but rather orange, which was optional and my grandma didn't use. Light, refreshing, honestly good. It is delicious and instantly takes me to my grandma.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 19, 2012:

Hi Stacy,

The actual refrigerator cheese torte is very light. You could even consider eliminating the crust if wishing to eliminate more calories. Personally...except for looks...I don't think it added that much. Might be fun to make it in individual ramekins crust-less and just serve it with some fresh berries. I might try it that way next time. Let me know how you like it if you decide to make it. Thanks!

Stacy Harris from Hemet, Ca on October 19, 2012:

I know I have read this before but everytime I am looking for sometime new of yours to read my eyes keep coming over here and my mouth starts drooling and I just really want some. I might have to break the diet and break down and make this!!!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 10, 2012:

Hello susanm23b,

This refrigerator cheese torte is extremely light and airy! Hope you enjoy it. Appreciate your comment.

susanm23b on October 09, 2012:

This looks so light and creamy. So great that you included the photo and handwritten recipe. What a family treasure! Thanks for sharing this with us :)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 08, 2012:

Hello Doodlehead,

I rarely make things like this cheese torte unless we are having company over because it is just the 2 of us...and even then I send some home with our guests or give excess to neighbors. Nice of you to gift that young man with the entire cheesecake. I'll bet he was popular that night when he got home! :) Thanks for your comment.

Doodlehead from Northern California on October 08, 2012:

Emmmmmmmmm I haven't made it but it sure looks good. A customer once gave me a 15 inch cheescake that I gave to a high school kid standing at a bus stop. I am just one person and he said he had five brothers and sisters. Hope they all enjoyed it.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 08, 2012:

Hi Suzie HQ,

Nice to know that you liked learning some of my family history behind this refrigerator cheese torte recipe that needs no baking. Appreciate your comment, votes and the share. Thanks!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 08, 2012:

Hi Brett,

Glad you liked the sound of this cheese torte recipe. Wonder if any of the ingredients in South Korea are at all similar? Thanks for your comment and the share.

Suzanne Ridgeway from Dublin, Ireland on October 08, 2012:

Hi Peggy,

What a fantastic story, a great bit of family history . Your recipe sounds delicious and I can't wait to try it! Thanks so much for sharing this VU, across and shared!

Brett C from Asia on October 08, 2012:

When I saw that no cooking was involved, I was excited about trying this. However, unfortunately finding those ingredients in South Korea may be more than a slight challenge lol. Hopefully some of my followers will get to try it though.

Up, useful and shared.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 25, 2012:

Hi TTombso8,

Since your mom has memories of an icebox, you might wish to read my hub concerning Ice Box Cookies. I actually have a photo of a truck that used to deliver ice for the ice boxes back then. Thanks for your comment, vote and share.

Terrye Toombs from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map. on September 25, 2012:

What a fantastic recipe! Loved it! My mom used to tell us stories about the first apartment she and my dad had in upstate New York when they were first married. It had an icebox instead of a refrigerator. She even had a regular delivery of block ice (they were married 16 1961).

Voted up and shared.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 25, 2012:

Hello vox vocis,

First of all, congratulations on your marriage. Second, thanks to billybuc for recommending my hubs. Third...enjoy this old fashioned refrigerator cheese torte recipe with my blessings! Appreciate the comment.

Jasmine on September 25, 2012:

I must try out your great aunt Alvina's refrigerator cheese recipe! Love the pics you've included in this hub, too. Now that I'm married, I have to read and try out different recipes as often as possible. Thanks to billybuc (who recommended your hubs), I found a nice little recipe paradise :)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 14, 2012:

Hello algarveview,

Some of these old time recipes handed down from our older relatives are truly worth making over and over again. Fun to think of them enjoying the same tastes years earlier. It is the continuation of a family tradition and connects us to them whether or not we ever, in fact, ever met them. Appreciate your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 14, 2012:

Hi ishwaryaa22,

So happy to hear that you liked this old fashioned recipe of the cheese torte that does not even need baking. Appreciate your comment, votes and especially the share.

Joana e Bruno from Algarve, Portugal on September 14, 2012:

Hi, Peggy, it looks absolutely delicious, I have to try this recipe, I think my kids will really love it and of course I loved you sharing with us this was such an old recipe... these little things are really something, reminding us as little children, growing up with these wonderful recipes from our great grandmothers, grandmothers or in this case your Great Aunt... Voted up and sharing! Have a great day!

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani from Chennai, India on September 13, 2012:

I am very fond of cheesecake. Nothing beats a fine heritage recipe as yours! Family recipes are very precious which are treasured by loved ones like you always. Your instructions and step-by-step photos are direct and handy. The first and last photos looked so luscious and well-photographed that they looked like they are in some top gourmet magazines/best-selling cookbooks! Well-done!

Thanks for SHARING. Useful, Awesome & Interesting. Voted up & Socially Shared

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 09, 2012:

Hi Blonde Logic,

Nice that you also have recipes from your grandmother. She sounds as though she was a great cook! Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 08, 2012:

Hi Alicia,

This refrigerator cheese torte is indeed delicious and light. Thanks for your comment and the sharing of this hub.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 08, 2012:

Hi Mama Kim 8,

So glad that you liked the sound of this old fashioned recipe. Nice that you are able to change your Italian recipes into English so that future generations will be able to enjoy them. Thanks for all of the votes and share.

Mary Wickison from Brazil on September 08, 2012:

I too have some recipes from my Grandmother, it is wonderful to see her handwriting and remember her making the recipe. Often she never used a recipe so she had to sit down and think what she used in it, to write a recipe for me.

This cheese cake looks simple yet delicious, most great recipes are.

Thanks for sharing.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on September 08, 2012:

Definitely a 5 star rating for this hub, Peggy! Ricotta cheese, lemon, whipped cream - this torte sounds extremely delicious! Crushed cornflakes sound like a lovely addition, too. I love the idea that the recipe was created by your great aunt. I will share this hub.

Sasha Kim on September 08, 2012:

Fantastic recipe hub ^_^ I love the photo of the old recipe, it looks just like a lot of my family recipes (a few of which are still written in Italian). I've also been going through mine and rewriting them for future generations. This sounds like it would have a wonderfully fresh flavor, great for summer. Good choice on changing the cottage cheese to ricotta as well. The only complaint... I can't pin any of your beautiful pictures :( Voted a bunch and shared!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 29, 2012:

Hi Rebecca,

So glad to hear that you not only liked the sound of this recipe, but how the hub was composed using the family photo, handwritten recipe, etc. Thanks for your comment.

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on August 28, 2012:

The cheese torte will taste great if it tastes anywhere near as good as it looks in your photo. I just love the way you personalized this with the old hand-written recipe and the family photos!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 28, 2012:

Hello LaThing,

Old recipes like this are like "antique treasures." I have quite a few more that I should try making one of these days that are handwritten by my grandmother. Hope you enjoy this refrigerator cheese torte when you make it! Thanks for the votes.

LaThing from From a World Within, USA on August 27, 2012:

This is an incredible recipe! I love old recipes, they are like antique treasures. I am printing it put and definitely making it soon! Voting up and useful.....

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 27, 2012:

Hi Just Ask Susan,

I think a graham cracker crust would also be good on this refrigerator cheese torte recipe in place of the cornflake crust. Glad that you liked the sound of it. It is light and delicious.

Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on August 27, 2012:

Oh wow this looks so good. I just bought a new spring form pan as my old one had had the biscuit and this would be the perfect recipe to brake it in.

Can't wait to try this.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 27, 2012:

Hi barbergirl,

That is so nice that you found a batch of your grandmother's old hand written recipes! I also have some that were written in an old journal and many of them were from family members. Most of it was in my grandmother's handwriting. I have been trying out some of them and have to guess at some of it...the baking times, etc. as it was not mentioned in several of them. Nice to be able to taste these old recipes this many years later. Good luck with deciphering yours!

Stacy Harris from Hemet, Ca on August 27, 2012:

Sadly I will not be able to make this. Out of all the kitchen gadgets I have, I do not have a spring pan... :( But maybe this might be my reason to get one. I have seen several recipes I have wanted to try that call for this type of pan and I pass them up everytime because I don't have the equipment.

This looks mighty delicious. It reminds me of the desserts my grandma would always make and have on hand. They were always so delicious. I might have to search through some of the old recipes and see what I can find! Ironically as I was going through some boxes I actually found a stack of handwritten recipes. I thought I accidently took the bag from my mother-in-law but when I asked her about them, she said they didn't belong to her. Come to find out, I got a bag full of all my grandma's recipe. Now if only I could understand her handwriting! :)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 26, 2012:

Hi alocsin,

I am not an expert with regard to answering your question. Perhaps some crusts are baked first? If most cheese torte recipes have similar ingredients, I would guess that they are simply refrigerated. I would also try this without a crust to eliminate some calories. Thanks for your comment and votes.

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on August 26, 2012:

Are all cheese torts no-bake or just this particular version? Sounds delicious and the no-baking part means less chance for me to mess it up. Voting this Up and Useful.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 11, 2012:

Hi Dolores,

It is nice to have recipes especially in the summer where the kitchen does not have to be heated up. Am sure you would like this refrigerator cheese torte if you give it a try. Have you never eaten jello? Thanks for your comment.

Dolores Monet from East Coast, United States on July 11, 2012:

Hi Peggy - I love your old family recipes! And this one would be great for a summer dessert. No oven heating up the house. But I mess confess to a strange fear of using gelatin. Don't know why. Perhaps I will face my fears and try this one out!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 07, 2012:

Hello pennylu,

Thank you! I feel honored to have won one of the weekly prizes out of so many good entries. Enjoy this no bake refrigerator cheese torte with your daughter. Appreciate your comment.

Penny Lulich from Indiana on July 06, 2012:

Oh, I just love this old fashioned dessert! I think some of the old recipes are the best. I can't wait to try this one with my daughter! And congrats on the weekly win!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 06, 2012:

Thanks Mary. I feel honored to have been chosen as one of the daily winners by the judges in the cooking contest. Perhaps they liked it because it was such an old recipe brought to life again. Appreciate your comment.

Mary Hyatt from Florida on July 05, 2012:

Just wanted to come back and add my congrats on your winning recipe. I had read it earlier and I thought it was a winner then.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 25, 2012:

Hi Thelma,

It is true that so many good recipes have popped up because of this HP contest. Trying them all would take some time! Thanks for the congrats on this refrigerator cheese torte recipe, your comment, votes and the share. Appreciate it!

Thelma Alberts from Germany and Philippines on June 25, 2012:

Congrats for your win! I love HubPages! I don´t have to buy cook books again. I´ll definitely try this Cheese Torte. Thanks for sharing Peggy. Voted up and awesome!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 24, 2012:

Hi Purple Perl,

Thanks for the congratulations on this hub winning one of the daily prizes in this current recipe contest. It was a welcomed surprise and honor, as there are so many good recipes being submitted by very talented writers. Nice to know that you liked the photos of this refrigerator cheese torte. Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 23, 2012:

Hi Debbie,

Quite often those old recipes like this one are the best. Enjoy this refrigerator cheese torte when you make it.

I do have a facebook account but go weeks at a time...sometimes a month or more without looking at it. Also, I don't have that many "friends" because when people have wanted to "friend" me, if I did not know who they were, I always declined. I don't play those games, send smiles or other things that many people do.

Someone suggested setting up another account and friending everyone. Is that what you have done? I have just been leary about letting too many people know personal information...but with another account...almost like a business account...that could be done.

Your prayer request group idea sounds like a good one. Obviously you must allow many people to join. Let me know how you handle your FB account if different from the way I do it. Thanks! And thanks for your comment and invitation.

Esther Shamsunder from Bangalore,India on June 23, 2012:

Congrats on a well deserved win,Peggy! My mouth is watering just eyeing the torte in the pics. Wonderful to see a handwritten recipe and thanks for sharing this handed down recipe.

Deborah Brooks Langford from Brownsville,TX on June 22, 2012:

Peggy.. I am going to try this.. it looks wonderful.. I find these recipes from our family members that's been around for years and years are the best.. I love your pictures.. of your family members and your stories about them.. are you on Facebook? I am Deborah Brooks Langford.. I have started a prayer request page.. I would love for you to join.. if you want to..

God Bless you

Debbie

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 20, 2012:

Hi vespawoolf,

Thanks for the congrats and thanks for taking the time to read about this old time family recipe. Appreciate your comment.

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on June 20, 2012:

Congrats on your win, Peggy W!!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 19, 2012:

Thanks ktrapp. It is fun venturing back in memories and tasting some of these old time recipes that came from my family. Appreciate your comment and the congrats on the weekly win in this current recipe contest.

Kristin Trapp from Illinois on June 19, 2012:

I know two things for sure - (1) I should not be perusing this recipe before dinner, and (2) Your grandmother must have been a fabulous baker. I always enjoy seeing her handwritten recipes, as well as the family photos and stories that go along with them. Another terrific looking recipe! I'm so glad this hub was one of the weekly contest winners as it is very deserving of the recognition.