This no-bake cheesecake recipe is perfect for beginners. The simple, buttery Granita biscuit base perfectly complements the creamy filling and tangy pineapple chunks.
250g granita biscuits
125g butter, melted
3 tsp gelatine powder
60ml (1/4 cup) boiling water
500g cream cheese, at room temperature, chopped
2 tsp vanilla extract
140g (2/3 cup) caster sugar
300ml thickened cream
440g can pineapple pieces in juice, juice reserved, chopped
Yellow food colouring, to tint, optional
200g tub sour cream
440g can pineapple pieces in juice, drained, cut into 1cm pieces
2 tsp lime juice
1 tsp finely grated lime rind
1 tsp caster sugar
7 Method Steps
Step 1Grease and line base and side of a 20cm round springform pan with baking paper.
Step 2Process biscuits(250g granita biscuits) in a food processor until finely crushed. Transfer to a bowl. Add the butter (125g butter, melted) and stir until well combined. Spoon biscuit mixture into the prepared pan. Use the base of a flat-bottomed glass to spread and press mixture over the base and up the side of pan. Place in the fridge until required.
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Step 3Meanwhile, sprinkle the gelatine (3 tsp gelatine powder) over the boiling water (60ml (1/4 cup) boiling water) in a heatproof jug. Whisk with a fork until gelatine has dissolved. Set aside to cool.
Step 4Use electric beaters to beat the cream cheese, vanilla and 100g (1/2 cup) sugar until smooth. Gradually add the cream and beat until mixture has thickened. Gradually beat in the gelatine mixture until combined. Fold in reserved pineapple juice and chopped pineapple (440g can pineapple pieces in juice, juice reserved, chopped). Tint mixture yellow, if using. Pour mixture into prepared pan, levelling top with a spatula. Place in the fridge for 1 hour or until starting to set.
Step 5Combine the sour cream (200g tub sour cream) and remaining sugar in a small bowl. Spoon sour cream mixture over cheesecake and smooth top. Place in the fridge overnight or until completely set.
Step 6Make pineapple salsa, combine the pineapple (440g can pineapple pieces in juice, drained, cut into 1cm pieces), lime juice (2 tsp lime juice), lime rind (1 tsp finely grated lime rind) and sugar (1 tsp caster sugar) in a bowl.
Step 7Remove the cheesecake from the pan and top with salsa. Cut into slices to serve.