Tuesday, August 19, 2014

No-Bake Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cheesecake

A smooth and creamy strawberry cheesecake filling, is sandwiched between a shortbread cookie crust and sinful chocolate ganache.

Hun... What's for Dinner?: No-Bake Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cheesecake

For me summer is all about no bake desserts. I usually go crazy with no bake desserts during the summer, but it seems like I just haven't had time to indulge this year. We've been going non stop since the middle of July, with no signs of stopping. I did manage to make this cheesecake and photograph it, before heading camping with the family. I wrapped this baby up and stuck it in the freezer. Since we were scheduled to visit Hubby's family in the U.S shortly after our camping trip, I brought the cheesecake along, hoping it wouldn't be a total disaster once thawed. You know what? It was fantastic! Even better than that first piece I had, after the photo shoot.

The reason I like no bake cheesecakes so much, is because they are so easy. This one was as easy as simmering frozen strawberries (which I still had in my freezer from LAST summer!), with some sugar, until nice and thick. Once my homemade jam like strawberries were cooled, I mixed them in with some softened cream cheese and luscious freshly whipped cream. For the crust I used a combination of shortbread cookies, macadamia nuts (which I found in the freezer) and toasted coconut. A silky chocolate ganache tops it off, adding a wonderful sweet indulgent extra, to this fantastic cheesecake. My mother in law and sister in law LOVED the cheesecake, as much as I did.

Hun... What's for Dinner?: No-Bake Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cheesecake

No-Bake Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cheesecake

12 shortbread cookies (I used store brand cookies)
1/2 C macadamia nuts, toasted and cooled (almonds would also work)
1/3 C toasted coconut
2 Tbs sugar
1/4 C butter, melted

2 C strawberries (fresh or frozen)
2/3 C sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2- 8oz pkgs cream cheese, softened
1 C 35% heavy cream
3 Tbs powdered sugar
1 C semi sweet chocolate, chopped
1 C 35% heavy cream
2 Tbs butter
chocolate covered strawberries to garnish

Place a mixing bowl and mixer attachment(s) in the freezer, for at least 1 hr.

For the crust, place the shortbread cookies and toasted macadamia nuts, in a food processor and pulse until mixture resembles fine crumbs. Pour into a bowl and add the toasted coconut and 2 Tbs of sugar. Drizzle with the melted butter and mix until the mixture resembles wet sand. Press into an 8-inch springform pan. Refrigerate while you work on the filling.

For the filling, place the strawberries in a sauce pot with 2/3 C sugar and the vanilla. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes, breaking up berries; until they become nice and thick. Remove from heat and let cool completely.

In a large bowl, beat the softened cream cheese until nice and smooth. Beat in the cooled strawberry mixture; until well combined. Set aside.

Using the cold bowl and mixer attachment(s), beat 1C of 35% heavy cream, until soft peaks form. Slowly add in the 3 Tbs of sugar, beating until cream comes to stiff peaks. Gently fold the whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture. Pour onto chilled crust, smoothing it out evenly and refrigerate until set; about 4 hrs, to overnight.

Once cheesecake is set, start your ganache. Place the chopped chocolate into a small mixing bowl. Heat the remaining 1 C cream, in a sauce pot, over medium heat; just until bubbles start to form around the edges of the cream and pot. Pour the hot cream over the chocolate and let sit 2 minutes. Gently stir the chocolate mixture, until it becomes smooth. Stir in the remaining 2 Tbs of butter and let ganache cool slightly; about 5 minutes. Pour ganache over the cheesecake and return the the fridge to set; about 1-2 hrs.

Garnish with chocolate dipped strawberries. Run a knife, which has been dipped in scalding hot water and wiped off, around the edge of the cheesecake, before removing the outer shell of the springform pan.

This recipe is shared at these AWESOME linky parties

See Ya in the Gumbo
In & Out of the Kitchen
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Wendy Klik said...

Looks Beautiful!!!

Patty Anderson said...

My husband would go wild for this recipe! Printing it out.

Tampa Cake Girl said...

I love cheesecake and I really love the combination of chocolate and strawberry together. Brilliant! Pinned and sharing on my page!

Lorinda - The Rowdy Baker said...

Cindy, this looks wonderful! I'm in love with the crust recipe. Nummers.

Angela LeMoine said...

I am loving this!!! It looks like my kind of cheesecake!!! Thanks so much for sharing this recipe! Pinned and shared!

Dan from Platter Talk said...

We love this easy to make and delicious sounding dessert; thanks for sharing!

Michaela Kenkel said...

I love this cheesecake, and NO BAKE too!! YUMMY!!

nancy@skinnykitchen.com said...

A "no bake cheesecake" Yes please!!!

Cynthia Landrie said...

Yes, please! I could eat the whole cheesecake myself. Thank you for linking at the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party. Hope to see you again next week.

April J Harris said...

What a gorgeously delicious cheesecake, Cindy. I adore the crust - what a great combination of ingredients! Thank you for sharing with the Hearth and Soul hop. Pinned and will share :-)

Michelle Meche said...

We've had a busy summer too! And a hot one, which is why this no-bake cheesecake is perfect. I sure don't want to turn on the oven!
I really want to dig into this cheesecake--especially that rich, dark ganache on top! Thank you for sharing, Cindy.

ginette4 said...

We all love cheesecake and this one looks so good; I'm pinning this one for sure and making it for our family get together this weekend!

Kimberly Lewis said...

This looks so beautiful! Love it! Pinned. Thanks for being a part of our party. I hope you get a chance to stop by tonight at 7 pm. We love having you! http://loulougirls.blogspot.com
Happy Monday! Lou Lou Girls

Nick B said...

this looks delicious and no bake is perfect when it's too hot to have the oven on