BFF Birthday Cheesecake

13 Jan

BFF Birthday Cheesecake
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Set this mixture in a bowl of ice water – until partially set.
I used snow (it is the middle of January after all!)
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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.
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Pour onto crust spreading evenly. Refrigerate until well set – 4 hours to overnight.
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Meanwhile:
Cut up fresh berries or thaw frozen berry mixture to scoop on top to serve.
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Enjoy!
Sandy did – she was so anxious to dig in we didn’t get a before picture. 🙂
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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

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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 #

    Mmm…
    Sandy is very lucky to have a friend like you.

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