Simple No-Bake Strawberry Cheesecake With Four Ingredients

Updated on June 29, 2020
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This strawberry cheesecake calls for only four ingredients and doesn't need to be baked!
This strawberry cheesecake calls for only four ingredients and doesn't need to be baked! | Source

We have been making this simple no-bake cheesecake for many years. I'm not sure how we ended up making it this way, and we've certainly made some amendments over the years, but it has become a staple dessert in our household. In this recipe, there is no pureed fruit, no whipping cream and no jam or juice. It is just jelly, biscuits, butter and cream cheese.

Cook Time

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 4 hours
Ready in: 4 hours 20 min
Yields: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 (135 g) packet Chivers strawberry jelly
  • 250 g McVities Digestive biscuits (around 18 biscuits)
  • 200 g low-fat soft cream cheese
  • 70 g clarified butter
  • 200 ml boiling water
  • 200 ml cold water

Conversions: Grams and ML to Cups

Grams / ML
Cups
135g
1 cup
250ml
1 cup
275g
2 & 1/4 cup
80g
1/3 cup
200ml
3/4 cup
I've converted the grams and ml of this recipe into cup measurement sizes. I followed the measurement guide of My French Chef.com

Equipment

  • Microwave bowl
  • Plastic bowl
  • 1 lb loaf tin
  • Cling film
  • Measuring jug
  • Teaspoon
  • Whisk
  • Spatula
  • Fork

Instructions

  1. First you need to grind up your biscuits. If you have a food processor, then use this. If you don't have one, break up your biscuits into pieces and place them into a freezer bag. Flatten the bag to remove the air inside it. Lay the bag down on a teatowel but don't tie the top of the bag just hold it closed with your hand. Cover the freezer bag with the other half of the tea towel and gently roll the rolling pin, back and forth over the freezer bag. Now pour your ground biscuits into a bowl and add the clarified butter.
  2. Place your butter into a microwave bowl and pop it in the microwave for 15 seconds until it has melted. Once you hear it splashing, keep an eye on it because it only takes seconds for the butter to dissolve in the microwave. Now add the clarified butter to the biscuit mixture and mix it thoroughly with a spatula. The biscuits mixture should be fully covered with all the butter. If the biscuits look too dry, you might need to add another 10g of butter.
  3. If you don’t have a 1 lb loaf tin, then any other type of tin will do. You can use a springform cake tin if you have one but depending on its size you might need to increase the recipe measurements. In this recipe I use a bread tin because I wanted a rectangle cheesecake that I could slice. Next line your loaf tin with a large sheet of cling film. Use two pieces of cling film if you need to but make sure that there are no gaps between the tin and the cling film.
  4. Now pour the biscuit mixture into the loaf tin and use a fork to firmly press down on the biscuit mixture to compress it in together. Go around a few times with the fork to ensure that the biscuit mixture is pressed in nice and firm. A potato masher would also work well if you have one. Next place it in the fridge to set for an hour. To see if it is set, gently lift the cling film away from the sides, and if the biscuit is set it won't break up. If it doesn’t look like it has set yet, give another 30 minutes in the fridge. This is why it's important that you have used enough butter to set the biscuit.
  5. Next cut the jelly up into nine squares and place it into a measuring jug and add 200 ml of boiling water. Stir the mixture really well until all the jelly squares have dissolved. Now add another 200 ml of cold water to this mixture and set it aside until you need it.
  6. Put your cream cheese into a plastic bowl and give it a light whisk. Now pour the jelly mixture into the cream cheese. It's important that the jelly is fully cold and not hot when you finally add it to the cream cheese. It might look a bit weird at first but keep whisking and the jelly and the cream cheese will blend in together. Initially it might look like the jelly is separating from the cream cheese but it isn't.
  7. Remove your tin with the biscuits from the fridge and pour your jelly mixture into it. Place your mixture into the fridge for at least 3 hours to ensure it is fully set throughout.
  8. Once your cheesecake has fully set, take the tin out gently life the cheesecake out of the tin. Peel the cling film away from the sides of the cheesecake. You might need an additional set of hands to hold the sides of the cake tin while you lift it out. This is why the cheesecake needs to be fully set because if it wasn’t, then this is where it would be a disaster.
  9. Remove the cheesecake from the tin and lay it on a plate. Next, peel the cling film away from the sides of the cheesecake. Now serve up your cheesecake with cream or fruit coulis. This cake should serve 6 people.

Melt Your Jelly in the Microwave

Put the jelly cubes into a microwave dish with 5 tablespoons of water. Place the dish in the microwave for 50 to 60 seconds until the jelly has melted.

Check the jelly at the 40 seconds mark to see if it has dissolved because each microwave can differ. Once the jelly is fully melted add the 400 ml of cold water to it.

Preparing the Biscuits Base

Add your ground biscuits to the clarified butter and press it into the bread tin.
Add your ground biscuits to the clarified butter and press it into the bread tin. | Source

Mixing the Jelly With the Cream Cheese

Cut your jelly into pieces and once it is dissolved whisk it into your cream cheese.
Cut your jelly into pieces and once it is dissolved whisk it into your cream cheese. | Source

FAQs

Can I use a different flavored jelly?

Yes, if you want orange flavored cheesecake, you can use orange jelly. If you wanted a lime flavored cheesecake, you could use lime jelly. If you want a lemon and lime cheesecake, use 100 ml to dissolve each flavor of jelly.

Then add your 100 ml of cold water to each mixture. Since this will be a two-layer cheesecake, you will have to wait three hours for one layer to set before you add the other layer on top of it. So it’s best to prepare this the day before you need it.

Can I use another type of biscuit?

If you don’t like digestive biscuits, you could use chocolate digestive, rich tea or even crackers.

Can I use a springform cake tin?

If you use this tin instead of a 1 lb tin, you should double the ingredients used as this springform tin will be bigger than the 1 lb tin.

Can I use gelatin?

Yes, you can. However, if you use gelatin, then you won't need to use the jelly. You will need to use a punnet of pureed strawberries and add the gelatin and pureed strawberries to the cream cheese. Use one leaf of gelatin per 100 ml of liquid.

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 6
Calories 376
Calories from Fat216
% Daily Value *
Fat 24 g37%
Saturated fat 12 g60%
Unsaturated fat 4 g
Carbohydrates 33 g11%
Sugar 7 g
Fiber 1 g4%
Protein 7 g14%
Sodium 308 mg13%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.
3 stars from 2 ratings of Strawberry Cheesecake

© 2020 Sp Greaney

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    • sangre profile imageAUTHOR

      Sp Greaney 

      35 minutes ago from Ireland

      @GlenR, sounds yummy. Fresh strawberries in the summer are a lovely treat.

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      GlenR 

      4 hours ago from UK

      A timely recipe for strawberry season. We eat strawberries and cream/ice cream every week when they are locally grown, so I might ring the changes with your recipe this weekend.

    • sangre profile imageAUTHOR

      Sp Greaney 

      10 days ago from Ireland

      @Liz Westwood, Thanks Liz. I think if the recipe is easy, you're more incline to make it. That's usually my approach.

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      Liz Westwood 

      10 days ago from UK

      This is my kind of recipe. It has easy to find ingredients and the method is straightforward. I appreciate your easy to follow instructions and illustrations.

    • sangre profile imageAUTHOR

      Sp Greaney 

      12 days ago from Ireland

      @Chitrangada Sharan, thanks. I have seen that approach on here by others and it's such a good idea.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      12 days ago from New Delhi, India

      This sounds delicious indeed. Love the way you described it, with helpful pictures and instructions.

      Thanks for sharing this well presented article.

    • sangre profile imageAUTHOR

      Sp Greaney 

      13 days ago from Ireland

      @ Diana Carol Abrahamson. Thanks Diana, yes it is a really light dessert too.

      @ Linda Crampton, yes, it is. It's one of those desserts that takes very little effort to turn out and tastes great.

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      Linda Crampton 

      13 days ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I love the sound of your recipe. I think the cheesecake would be a delicious treat. I can understand why it's become a staple dessert in your family! Thanks for sharing the useful tips as well as the recipe.

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      Diana Carol Abrahamson 

      13 days ago from Somerset West

      That looks like a delicious cheesecake. Thank you for sharing your recipe with us.

    • sangre profile imageAUTHOR

      Sp Greaney 

      13 days ago from Ireland

      @Thelma Alberts, yes it's so tasty. Plus it's very cheap to make too.

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      Thelma Alberts 

      13 days ago from Germany and Philippines

      Yummy! This is an easy no bake strawberry cheese cake. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

    • sangre profile imageAUTHOR

      Sp Greaney 

      13 days ago from Ireland

      @Pamela Oglesby, thanks. Yes, I think we all love recipes that come together with little effort.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      13 days ago from Sunny Florida

      I think this no-bake recipe sounds easy to bake and it sounds delicious. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

    • sangre profile imageAUTHOR

      Sp Greaney 

      13 days ago from Ireland

      @Liza, thanks, I totally agree with you. I'm a fan of quick and easy recipes that don't require too much preparation.

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      Liza 

      13 days ago from USA

      No-bake goods always one of the simplest things to do. I'm a fan of no-bake desserts. It's easy and fast. By the way, this no-bake strawberry cheesecake is perfect for a summer treat! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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