Currently the temperature is hovering around 30 degrees celsius these days and I will do anything to avoid turning on my oven. Enter the no-bake saskatoon berry cheese cake.
No oven, no cracking cheesecake, and no worrying about burning or undercooking a traditional cheesecake.
For those of you who have never had the pleasure, a saskatoon berry is very similar to a blueberry, except it has a meatier texture and a tarter taste. I grew up on an acreage with close to 1000 saskatoon berry trees, so I know a thing or two about eating, picking, cleaning, and baking with saskatoon berries.
And weeding, but lets not talk about that.
Related: For the Love of Berry Picking
Simple Ingredients for oven free Saskatoon berry cheesecake
The ingredients for no-bake saskatoon berry cheesecake are simple–saskatoon berries, lemon juice, cream cheese, whipped cream, sugar, graham crackers, and butter. This version is not too sweet and tastes delightful with raspberry sauce.
I make a quick and easy raspberry sauce by thinning out some raspberry jam with a bit of water.
Start by whipping your whipping cream until it forms stiff peaks. Set aside. In a separate bowl, whip the cream cheese with 1/4 cup lemon juice and 1/4 sugar. Add the whipping cream and whip until combined. Use room temperature cream cheese to avoid lumps.
Add three cups of saskatoon berries, 1/2 cup of sugar, and 2 tbsp lemon juice and blend. saskatoon berries are meatier than blueberries, so you’ll have to put them on pulse if you want a finer texture.
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I wanted to make my no bake saskatoon berry cheese cake look fancy for the blog post, so I separated my cream cheese mix and berries to make different shades for an ombre look. You can just mix the saskatoon berries into the cream cheese and keep things simple. If you do decide to go fancy, make sure you leave enough white for the top layer.
Mix 30 crushed graham crackers with 1/2 cup melted butter and 2 tbsp of sugar to form the crust. Press into the bottom of your cheesecake pan. You could also use a 9×13 pan in a pinch.
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Spread the darkest layer first. spoon the next colour on in small spoonfuls and spread. Do the same with the white layer. This is a little finicky, but worth the effort.
Allow to set in the fridge for at least 4 hours and serve. I piped some whipped cream on top of my cake for presentation, but you can serve as-is.
The no-bake cheesecakes of my childhood seemed more like pudding to me. This one is definitely more like cheesecake. Now that I’ve seen how easy a no-bake cheesecake comes together, I highly doubt I’ll ever make a real cheesecake again.
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This recipe would work so well with raspberries, strawberries, cherries, or blueberries. Best of all, you don’t have to slave over a hot oven!
Love no-bake desserts? Give No-Churn Cherry Cheesecake Ice cream or No-Churn Raspberry Chocolate Ice cream a try!
One final note: This version is not too sweet, so you might want to add some raspberry sauce if you need more sugar. I make a super quick sauce by adding a bit of water to raspberry jam. You can also cook raspberries with a bit of sugar and cornstarch to make a lovely sauce that’s good on pancakes too.
Related: 10 Must Try Raspberry Recipes
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- 3 cups Saskatoon berries,
- 1/4 cup sugar,
- 2 tbsp lemon juice,
- 2 cups whipping cream,
- 16 oz cream cheese (2 bricks),
- 1/4 cup lemon juice,
- 1/2 cup sugar,
- 30 crushed graham crackers, approximately 2 cups,
- 1/2 cup melted butter,
- 2 tbsp sugar.
1. Whip your whipping cream until it forms stiff peaks. Set aside.
2. In a separate bowl, whip the cream cheese with 1/4 cup lemon juice and 1/4 sugar. Add the whipping cream and whip until combined.
3. In a separate bowl, add three cups of saskatoon berries, 1/2 cup of sugar, and 2 tbsp lemon juice and blend. Combine cream cheese and saskatoon berry mixture.
4. Crush 30 graham crackers and mix with 1/2 cup butter and 2 tbsp sugar. Press into the bottom of a cheesecake pan.
5. Spread the cheesecake mixture and chill in the refrigerator for 4 hours.