How to make no bake cheesecake with condensed milk

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How to make no bake cheesecake with condensed milk
A no-bake cheesecake results in a creamy, smooth and fluffy finish. (kitiara65/iStock/Getty Images)

Traditional cheesecake requires multiple stages of baking -- first the crust and then the filling often resulting in a golden-topped cheesecake with slight cracks. If you are pressed for time, dread turning on the oven on a warm evening, or simply want to use up a left over tin of sweetened condensed milk, a no-bake cheesecake is a rewarding, simple and fast treat that can hold its own against the traditional baked version. The key to no-bake cheesecakes is to allow it enough time to set properly before serving.

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Things you need

  • Spring-form baking pan
  • 2 packets digestive biscuits
  • 450 g (16 oz) cream cheese
  • 400 g (14 oz) can condensed milk
  • Butter
  • 30 ml (2 tbsp) sugar
  • 30 ml (2 tbsp) lemon juice
  • 5 ml (1 tsp) vanilla

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  1. 1

    Crush two packets of biscuits either in a plastic zip bag or in a food processor to prepare the crust. Add one and a half packets of melted butter to the crushed biscuits along with the sugar and mix to combine.

  2. 2

    Press the rumb mixture into the bottom of the spring-form pan and up along the sides to form a crust about 5 cm (2 inches) high. Place the crust-filled pan in the freezer and let it sit until needed.

  3. 3

    Beat the room-temperature cream cheese in an electric mixer or by hand until soft and creamy. Add a can of condensed milk and beat until incorporated. Add the lemon juice and vanilla extract. You can add cinnamon or other spices or replace the lemon juice with a liqueur if desired. Stir until the mixture is uniform.

  4. 4

    Remove the pan from the freezer. Using a rubber spatula, slowly pour the filling into the chilled crust. Scrape the sides of the bowl and gently smooth out the top with the spatula.

  5. 5

    Refrigerate the cheesecake for at least three hours. The filling must be thoroughly chilled in order to set -- an unset cheesecake will turn to pudding and melt all over the plate once cut.

  6. 6

    Remove the outer rim from the spring-form pan only when ready to serve. Garnish the cake with fresh berries, chocolate, caramel sauce or nuts.

Tips and warnings

  • Instead of making your own crust with biscuits, you can buy a pre-made pie crust.

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