BFF Birthday Cheesecake

13 Jan

BFF Birthday Cheesecake
Sandy and I have been friends for 28 years! Over the years I would try to make her this cheesecake for her birthday, I missed a few, but managed to get back on track this year. Today is her birthday Happy Birthday my dear friend!

This is a no bake cheesecake and it is lighter than the baked versions, so even if you are not a cheesecake fan you might like this one. This recipe makes one large cheesecake or two smaller ones like I did here – my springform pan broke so…I improvised, I used a pie plate for the almond crust and a small 6 x 10 rectangular glass pan for the chocolate crust.

No Bake Cheesecake – BFF Birthday Cheesecake
The crust:

I will give you three to choose from.

1. Graham cracker crust:
1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
2 tablespoons sugar
1/3 cup – (more or less) melted butter
Combine and press crust on bottom of pan

2. Almond meal/flour crust – gluten free:

1 ½ cups almond meal/flour – ground almonds
2 tablespoons sugar
¼ cup – (more or less) melted butter
Combine and press into pan – bake at 350 for 15 minutes or until starting to brown – watch it closely
Cool before pouring cheesecake filling.

3. Chocolate crumb crust:

1 1/2 cups chocolate crumbs – oreo cookie crumbs
2 tablespoons sugar
1/3 cup – (more or less) melted butter
Combine and press crust on bottom of pan

The Filling:

2 envelopes unflavored gelatin
½ cup sugar
¼ teaspoon salt
Combine gelatin, sugar and salt in a saucepan
3 egg yolks
1 cup milk
Whisk together egg yolks and milk.
Gradually stir into gelatin mixture and cook over medium heat until sugar and gelatin is dissolved and custard is slightly thickened – approx 5 minutes.
Remove from heat and cool while you do next step.

3 packages of cream cheese at room temperature– 8 ounce size – light or full fat is fine
Zest of 1 lemon
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Beat the cream cheese lemon zest and juice and vanilla until smooth in a large bowl with mixer on medium speed. Slowly add cooled custard beat on low speed just to blend.
Set this mixture in a bowl of ice water – until partially set.
I used snow (it is the middle of January after all!)

3 egg whites at room temperature
¼ cup sugar
Using clean beaters and bowl, beat egg whites to soft peaks, gradually add sugar and beat to stiff peaks.

1 cup sour cream – light or full fat is fine
Add egg white mixture and sour cream to cheese mixture, beat at low speed until smooth.
Pour onto crust spreading evenly. Refrigerate until well set – 4 hours to overnight.

Cut up fresh berries or thaw frozen berry mixture to scoop on top to serve.

Sandy did – she was so anxious to dig in we didn’t get a before picture. 🙂

Wine choice:
Perhaps something sparkling, to toast the birthday girl.

My Music picks:

I found a few cheesecake songs, I am sure there are more if I looked.
Here they are and a couple of them aren’t bad:

Cheesecake by Louie Armstrong
Cheesecake Pan by BoDeans
Cheesecake Truck by King Missle
All-American Cheesecake by Super
Cheesecake by The Devil Dogs

My Music Mans picks:
into the wild – LP


2 Responses to “BFF Birthday Cheesecake”

  1. Truly Scrumptious January 13, 2013 at 10:12 pm #

    You may make a cheesecake for us when we visit too. My favorite cheesecakes are the weighty, baked ones like Mom makes, but I will not snub any cheesecake – oh no I will not. Excellent use of snow, by the way.

    Thanks to The Music Man for LP – she has such a beautiful powerful voice – love it!

    And Happy Birthday Sandy!

  2. cradics January 14, 2013 at 8:05 am #

    Sandy is very lucky to have a friend like you.

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