Monday, 8 August 2016

Mango Cheesecake ! (No Bake)

Only a bunch of blogs survive through their first year. In that way I am so thrilled that my blog has reached its second birthday ! Exactly two years ago on Aug 8th 2014 , I wasn't sure should I hit the publish button and make my very first post. I have had few other blogs opened for different interest and hobbies that had never survived. With a 9 month old baby in hand and daily chores with zero help, the idea of blogging, oh yea the food blogging was very intimidating. 
I have seen and met new moms who complain they do not have time to cook with a baby /toddler at home. With all those in mind, its not only cooking but also clicking every step and composing the dishes here was a huge task for me indeed , and this only a food blogger can apprehend.
The second year was not up to the mark as the previous year with the number of posts comparatively very less due to number of reasons. With my toddler engaging me in every activity he does I couldn't squeeze time to sit with laptop. Moreover with a kitchen accident (hot oil splash on face) and followed by a family chicken pox (for a month) I was away from blogging. Anyways nothing stopped forever and I am really happy that I have still kept it alive and write this in the middle of the night with my boys sleeping beside.
In these two years I have learnt so much about different cuisines, followed a number of wonderful bloggers , had exposure to many cooking techniques and  expanded my love for food photography. I wish I keep my creative juices flowing as always despite a busy mom of a toddler and a homemaker.
And a very big thank you to all those beautiful people out there who visit my space regularly, encourage me and keep this page active.
Let's celebrate this two years of happy blogging with a no bake yummy mango cheesecake !


Cheese cakes are desserts that have one or more layers. The lower most layer is a thin layer of biscuit crumbs with melted butter and sugar. The main layer being the cheese layer which has cream cheese, sugar and whipped cream mostly. The one I have made is a no bake version, but sometimes eggs are included in a baked cheese cake.The top most layer can be a  fruit puree, or just chopped fruits, nuts, fruit sauce or chocolate syrup.
This no bake cheese cake has three layers, the lowermost crumb layer made with digestive biscuits and butter. I didn't want to add any sugar to this layer as they digestive biscuit taste already good with butter. The middle layer and main layer has cream cheese and whipped cream, sugar and flavored with mango puree. The top most layer is just mango puree and set with gelatin. 
If you do not prefer using gelatin then, just use mango slices to decorate on top the cheese layer.


INGREDIENTS (Makes two 5 inch cakes)

For the first layer (biscuit):

  • 10 digestive biscuits
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 2 tbsp sugar (optional) (I didnt use)

For the second layer (cheese) :

  • 250 gms Cream cheese
  • 150 ml Heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup mango puree
  • 1/2 cup Icing sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract

For the third layer (mango)

  • 3/4 cup Mango Puree
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp Gelatin
  • 3 tbsp Warm water



STEPS
  • Take the digestive biscuits in a zip lock bag and crush them with a rolling pin. (or just blitz them in a processor)
  • Take the crushed biscuits in a bowl and add the melted butter to it.


  • Mix well and it will look like a wet sandy mixture.
  • Fill the bottom of the cake tins with the biscuit mixture and spread evenly and make it firm with the back of a spoon. It should be min 0.5 cm thick.


  • Choose ripe mangoes, and take out the pulp and blend them to a smooth puree.


  • Take chilled whipping cream in a bowl and beat them till you get stiff peaks.


  • In another big mixing bowl, take the cream cheese , whisk it and then add sugar and vanilla extract.


  • Mix the sugar well and then add (only) 1/4 cup mango puree to the cream cheese mixture.


  • Mix it well and then add the whipped cream to this. 
  • Fold the cream to the cheese mixture and then fill the cake tins with the cheese layer (on the biscuit crumb layer) leaving some space on top for the third mango layer.


  • Now, take the remaining mango puree in a bowl.
  • Add gelatin to warm water and dissolve it well. Add this gelatin to the mango puree .

  • Mix really well and then pour this mango puree on the cheese layer evenly making a thin layer.
  • Use a silicon spatula to even it on top.
  • Refrigerate overnight !


NOTES

  • Gelatin is not vegetarian, though there are some versions of veg gelatins available. So If you want to refrain from gelatin, just top the cheese layer with some thinly sliced mangoes.
  • Since I have not used gelatin in the cheese layer , it will be still soft and cannot expect a clean cut with knife like those gelatin set cheese layers.
  • Adjust sugar in the cheese layer as per taste
  • Make sure your cream cheese quantity is always more than the whipped cream, so that it sets a bit without gelatin, otherwise they will be falling apart. 
  • If you want the cheese layer to be very firm, then dissolve 1 1/2 tbsp gelatin with 1/4 cup warm water and add to the cheese mixture and then add to the tin.
  • Use any biscuits for the crumb layer like marie, graham crackers or digestive biscuits.




With Love,

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for sharing this recipe looks really good in picture. Once I tried Oreo cheesecake and it turned out really good. Everyone in my family loved it. Will give a try to this one too

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