Quick Cheese Cake

By The Nosh Team -Posted on 4th Oct 2013  
112 N Quick Cheese Cake (2) copy

Recipe info

Cost: 54p / person

Serves: 8

Ease: ***

Prep Time: 20 Minutes

Cook Time: 4 Hours cooling in the fridge


  • 250g packet of digestive biscuits or hob nobs
  • 125g butter (measure using packet)
  • 300ml  pot of double cream
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 300g packet of cream cheese
  • rind and juice of a lemon
  • fruit to decorate, e.g. oranges, raspberries or strawberries

In order to get the cheesecake out of the tin, you will need to use a cake tin with a loose bottom. It is best to put a circle of greaseproof paper in the bottom. Once the cheesecake has set, loosen the side with a knife and place the loose-bottomed tin on a jam jar or tin and push the sides down.

  1. Put the digestive biscuits into a polythene bag and crush them with a rolling pin or similar implement (tin of beans). There should be no lumps left, just crumbs!
  2. Melt the butter in a saucepan and add the crushed biscuit. Mix well.
  3. Press the biscuit mixture into the bottom of a 20cm cake tin. If you do not have a cake tin, use a small casserole dish (don’t try to get the cake out whole, just cut into pieces in the dish).
  4. Beat the cream and sugar together with a whisk until the cream thickens. Don’t keep beating once thickened, or it will turn to butter.
  5. Gently fold in the cream cheese, grated lemon rind and juice. The lemon juice is essential, as it helps the cream to set. Pour on to the top of the biscuit mixture and gently spread out.
  6. Leave in the fridge for 4 hours to set.
  7. Decorate the top with fruit.

add your comment or request a recipe:

  • Joy May - The lemon reacts with the cream to make it set, so, sorry for this particular quick cheesecake the answer is no. The only other thing you could use would be a lime, but I suspect that also may not fit with what you want to put on top.
    12 Dec 2013
  • Ryan - Hi! I was wondering if it was possible for the plain cheesecake to set without lemon, I want to make one with a specific topping that I don't think the lemon flavour'd work with. So yeah, will it set ok without lemon? Is there something to replace them with?
    18 Nov 2013

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