July 27, 2017

No-Bake Lime Cheesecake

When the temperature rises even I, as an avid baker, hesitate to turn on the oven.   Call me crazy, but when I was a kid growing up in the sweltering summers of California's San Joaquin Valley I used to bake all the time.  But mind you, I was wearing my bathing suit at the time - it was the only way I could tolerate the crazy hot weather.  These days you definitely won't catch me wearing that particular attire!

So when I was browsing the July/Aug 2017 issue of Martha Stewart Living the recipe for a No-Bake Key Lime Cheesecake immediately jumped out at me.   Even better, I had all the ingredients in my kitchen.  [Note: I used regular organic limes, not key limes.]  Graham cracker crusts are de rigueur for cheesecakes, but the twist with this recipe was it didn't require baking.  Instead you just pop it in the freezer for 15 minutes.  Genius!

The filling is super light, creamy and jam packed with lime flavor.  If you love citrus this cheesecake is right up your alley.  It's the perfect dessert for your next BBQ, but honestly I'd indulge in it for any occasion.   

No-Bake Key Lime Cheesecake

Makes one 9-inch cake

1 cup finely ground graham crackers (from 9 crackers)
3 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, room temperature
1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
1/3 cup fresh Key lime juice, plus 2 teaspoons grated zest (from 16 limes), and thinly sliced lime rounds for serving [NOTE: I used regular organic limes]
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup cold heavy cream 
Whisk together cracker crumbs, sugar, and salt. Stir in butter until mixture resembles wet sand and holds together when squeezed. Press evenly into the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan. Freeze until firm, 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat cream cheese and condensed milk on medium-high speed until fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add lime juice, zest, and vanilla. Beat 1 minute more. 
In a separate bowl, whip cream to stiff peaks. Gently fold into cream-cheese mixture. Pour over chilled crust; smooth top with an offset spatula. Cover with plastic and refrigerate at least 12 hours and up to 3 days.
Run a knife along cake's edge before releasing sides of pan, then under bottom to loosen. Serve, garnished with lime round.


  1. This cheesecake looks soooo yummy I cant take my eyes off it. And the best thing about it is that its a no-bake cake which means no baking tensions in this hot weather. Can someone get me a piece?

  2. Wonderful recipe if you don`t have much time to cook, for example if guests will be soon and you don`t know what to make for tea.

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