There are certain flavours and aromas that remind us of our childhood. They can bring back the memories of happy and carefree days when we were young. When I think about my childhood I instantly see my grandmother’s famous no-bake cheesecake with jelly. This work of art has always managed to excite me and fill me with overwhelming joy.
Its taste and fragrance was unique and unmatched by any other cake. My Mum, an able baker herself, tried to make grandmother’s cheesecake many times but failed every time. It lacked this certain something – I call it love. In my opinion, one has to put a lot of love into cooking and baking in order to achieve an outstanding dish or a delicious cake. Following instructions isn’t everything. My grandmother spent so much time and energy making her piece de resistance that her love was noticeable in every bite.
After many years of deliberation and hesitation I decided to face this challenging recipe and find out if my cheesecake can measure up to my grandmother’s.
- 500 g cream cheese
- 3 eggs
- 2 spoons gelatine
- 62 g butter
- 250 ml milk
- 120 g caster sugar
- 2 packets plain biscuits
- two packets jelly crystals (I used strawberry and peach)
- Line base and sides of a cake tin with baking paper. Put the biscuits at the bottom of the tin.
- Using an electric mixer, beat egg yolks, caster sugar and butter until smooth. Gradually beat in cream cheese.
- Beat egg whites until stiff and add to the mixture.
- Pour warm milk into a small bowl. Sprinkle over gelatine. Stir until it dissolves. Set aside to cool slightly. Beat gelatine into the mixture until combined.
- Pour the mixture onto the biscuits. Refrigerate for 3 to 4 hours or until set.
- Make the first jelly, following packet directions. Set aside to cool to room temperature. Pour jelly over the cheesecake. Refrigerate 3 hours or until set.
- Make the second jelly, cool it and pour over the cheesecake.
- Leave the cake in the fridge overnight.
The cake turned out really well. In fact, it exceeded my expectations. It was exactly as I remembered it – a perfect blend of lightness and tastiness. It seems I put enough love into making it. 😉