Dec 9, 2013

No Bake White Chocolate Cranberry Cheesecake




Last summer, I made a luxurious White Chocolate Cheesecake that I paired with fresh Raspberries. It's been an instant hit not only at our house but in the blog too as it is one of our most popular recipes. That was inspired by a cake we once tasted at a friend's house in England. Hubby fell in-love with it (being a huge chocolate and cheesecake fan!) and urged me to make a version of the same. That gave birth to the summer fresh raspberry version. When our friend Amy, blogger at Crumbs In My Mustachio invited me to join her and other bloggers for the 12 Cakes of December feature project, I readily said yes because in my mind I knew I had to make a winter version of this delicious summer cheesecake.

What can be more representative of winter fruit than Cranberries? Hubby was a bit apprehensive when I told him I wanted to try cranberry sauce with this to replace the fresh raspberries. He wasn't very keen and quite doubtful of the idea at first but said, it may be worth a try. I thought about using fresh and homemade Cranberry Sauce for this and I actually made one for this cake but then I thought if you wish to make this and you don't have the time to go through the hassle of making a homemade Cranberry Sauce, after all the rest of the ingredients are all store-bought and made for me - I certainly cannot say I made a homemade white chocolate or cream cheese - so I thought why not try the canned one for convenience. And I must say, it worked really well - I opened the can, warmed up the content a little, stirred in some lemon zest and voila - the sweet-tangy sauce provided a great and delicious contrast to the creamy and rich taste of the chocolate and cheese. I also added some cranberry filling in the middle of the cake so that when you bite in it - there is that extra burst of sweet-tangy deliciousness! :-)

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And because this is obviously quite a rich and luxurious cake, small slices would be appropriate so it can be enjoyed by many. Since this cake is a little indulgent it is truly perfect for special occasions such as Christmas for sure, after all this is our festive winter cake! Please enjoy!



For the Crust

Ingredients

18 Graham Cracker Squares, crushed* (or Digestives - about 10 - roughly 1 1/2 cups when crushed)
1 (2.5 - 3oz) packet of Pecans or Walnuts, crushed (roughly 3/4 cup)
1 Tablespoon Sugar
1 teaspoon ground Cinnamon (optional)
6 Tablespoons unsalted Butter, melted

Helpful tools:

Glass with a flat and smooth bottom
Rolling pin to crush the crackers and nuts

Procedure

To make the crust, combine all the ingredients in a bowl and mix until evenly moistened. Press the crumb mixture into a greased 9-inch springform pan using the smooth bottom of a glass. Spread the crumb mixture to about 1/2-inch up the sides. Use the glass to help you form the side crust, too. Chill the crust while you are making the filling.

*I read somewhere that to make it easier to remove the cheesecake from the springform pan - turn the removable base of the springform pan upside down. Do this before you add the crumb crust. This way the crumbs won't stick into the groove inside the pan. It would be easier to slide them onto a cake pan this way, too.

For the Filling

Ingredients

14-16 oz good quality White Chocolate, broken into pieces*
2 Tablespoons unsalted Butter
2 (8 oz) packages Cream Cheese, softened to room temperature
6 fluid oz / 3/4 cup Heavy (whipping) Cream
1/4 cup white Sugar (extra fine, if you can find it)
1 teaspoon pure Vanilla Extract
1 (15 oz) can whole berry Cranberry Sauce (or homemade Cranberry sauce of the same amount)*
Grated zest of 1 Lemon*

*Don't be intimidated by the amount of chocolate here - that's what makes this cake totally scrumptious and what makes it solid without using any gelatin. I recommend you use only "eating chocolate" for excellent results. I personally use Aldi's brand - Choceur White Chocolate as not only are they cheaper than the name brands they are truly excellent. I use exactly 2 bars as they equal 14 oz - perfect. Feel free to use your favorite brand, of course.

*Feel free to use your own homemade cranberry sauce. I added the canned one for convenience and less work. This is meant to be a quick and easy cheesecake after all! :-) When using the canned one - warm it up a little so it becomes more saucy rather than clumpy. Stir in the Lemon zest for extra tang. Cool completely before using it.

Procedure

In a heat-proof bowl over barely simmering water, melt the chocolate and butter. Stir occasionally. Let it cool for a couple of minutes afterwards.

In a separate bowl or in the bowl of a stand mixer, mix together the softened cream cheese, heavy cream and sugar until it has a smooth consistency, roughly 3-4 minutes. Note that your cream cheese should be in room temperature so it's easier to mix. Pour in the vanilla extract. Mix just until it's fully blended in.

Stir the cooled chocolate mixture into the cream mixture. Pour or spoon half of the mixture into the prepared pan. Use half a can of the cranberry sauce. Place spoonfuls of the sauce over the cheesecake batter and then swirl gently with a knife. Top with the remaining cheesecake batter. Spoon the remaining cranberry sauce over the cheesecake batter and swirl gently with a knife. I must admit that I messed up a bit on the swirling part...not to worry - if you mess up, too - it won't affect the taste of the cake!

Place in the fridge and allow the cake to set overnight. This can be made about 2 days ahead. If you are feeling generous, sprinkle bits of extra white chocolate on top. If you have extra cranberry sauce, serve it with the cheesecake. Please enjoy! :-)


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This cake is one of the 12 Cakes of December feature project presented by a group of foodie bloggers. We are Cake no. 9. Don't forget to check out the other scrumptious cakes showcased in this delicious series.



1. Chocolate Truffle Pirouette Cake by Lemony Thyme
2. Strawberry 'n Cream Cake by Cooking from a Stay-at-home Mom
3. Coconut Tres Leches Cake by Moore or Less Cooking Blog
4. S'more Cakes by 365 Days of Baking and More
5. Pomegranate Lime Bundt Cake by It's Yummi
6. Brownie Bombe by The Rowdy Baker
7. Chocolate Roll with Candy Cane Whipped Cream by Hun...What's for Dinner?
8. Egg Nog Pound Cake by Chocolate Chocolate and More
9. No Bake White Chocolate Cranberry Cheesecake - that's us!!!

There are three more delicious cakes coming soon so watch this space!

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27 comments

  1. What an absolutely gorgeous cheesecake! And no bake saves time and makes it even better!

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    1. Thanks for the kind compliment. This is truly quick and easy. Glad you stopped by.

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  2. This is such a beautiful cheesecake Abby. Just perfect for the holidays. I think it's going to be VERY popular :)

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    1. Awww. Thanks, Libby - you are so very kind to say that. I do hope many will enjoy it as much as we did. Thanks for stopping by.

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  3. This looks gorgeous! I just finished making a gelatin free mango cheese cake using agar agar...Have my fingers crossed for it to set properly! I will be trying this soon :)

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    1. Please enjoy, Sandhya. Thanks for stopping by and hope your mango cheesecake works well. :-D

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  4. Can this be made ahead of time and frozen? I try to do as much of my cooking ahead of time as possible.

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    1. Haven't frozen it but I see no reason why it cannot be. Just thaw it completely before serving. :-D

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  5. Awesome! Yumm! Can this be frozen pls? Or will the crumb not be right once thawed? Thanks a lot!

    I have frozen raspberries... can these be used instead?

    Lol... am trying to see what ingredients I have so as to do it NOW!! :)

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    1. I haven't frozen it but I have seen frozen cheesecakes all the time so I don't see why it can't be frozen. I haven't tried using frozen berries - this is a no bake cheesecake so it might be tricky to use frozen berries - you can thaw them first but if you whirl it then the cake will turn pink which shouldn't be an issue. I do have a version of the raspberry one for this - it's on the side bar - popular posts. That's my summer version so you can see how I use the fresh raspberries and it has a coulis recipe too.

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  6. i am trying to understand this recipe...does it call for 14 of the 16oz white chocolate bars? just making sure. this sounds great.

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    1. 14 up to 16 oz in total. Please enjoy! Thanks for stopping by.

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  7. You did an incredible job with your delicious cheesecake! I love that it's no bake and I really love that you used cranberries, I have to make this cheesecake!! Awesome! Nettie

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    1. Thanks, dear Nettie! I hope you enjoy it as much as we do. Glad you stopped by.

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  8. Wow this looks absolutely delicious....I'm gonna have to give these a go, love white chocolate and cheesecake...Thanks for sharing...

    Simon

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    1. Please enjoy Simon and I hope you love it as much as we do.

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  9. Hi! Is it possible to replace the white chocolate with dark chocolate?

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    1. I haven't tried it myself but I don't see a reason why you can't. Perhaps I should try it, too.

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  10. That looks delicious!! Thanks for sharing the recipe..Love it..I am sure that kids will fall crazy

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    1. You're welcome and I hope you and your family will enjoy it Lisa!

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  11. Hi. Can i leave your no bake cheesecakes in room temperature? Or can bring them and withstand hours of travelling?

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    1. No, it has to be refrigerated because of the chocolate content. It is better eaten and serve chilled.

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  12. Can you confirm the canned cranberry sauce is the same sauce you would smother your turkey in? I'm just making sure that I don't mess up the recipe!!! I'm in the UK and would hate to mess up because of getting lost in translation!

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    1. You can use whole canned cranberry sauce if you like (I am assuming they are the same as the ones in the US). It won't be as tasty as homemade naturally so if you wish to make a homemade one, I do have a recipe which I use for the baked cranberry cheesecake - http://www.manilaspoon.com/2014/11/yummy-cranberry-cheesecake.html - thanks for asking!

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  13. What a beautiful cheesecake! I could go for a slice of this right now...I can never turn down cheesecake!

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