Friday, 5 September 2014

No Bake Coconut & Key Lime Cheesecake

So we've been living at my parents for 7 weeks now which is partly why I haven't blogged much! I've still been baking lots, but have mostly been making requests for my family who don't get to sample my baking as much as they'd like, and so it's mostly been stuff that I've blogged about before!!

It did give me a good chance to whip these treats up though because my mom is a huge key lime pie fan, and my dad loves anything coconut - can you tell where I get it from?! So it seemed rather fitting that I should make this bake...or no bake I should say!

I also had a packet of key lime pie crunch cream biscuits I'd been hoarding because I knew they'd be awesome in a dessert one day!

So they made their way into the crust to make for one tasty slice!

Cheesecake is not something I bake very often but everytime I make it I wonder why that is...because for starters it is so quick and easy to whip up (especially when it's no bake) and also it's SO creamy and yummy! Apart from the patience required to wait while it chills at the end is not my favourite part ;)

I made my cheesecakes in an individually portioned square tray thinking it would give them nice straight edges for beautiful photographs! but somehow they still turned out a bit messy! You can make it in one large dish and probably slice nicer edges than mine!

So while we mourn the end of summer, yes I made my parents turn on the heating last week as it was getting SO cold already! and the leaves are starting to turn, booo! you can retreat with a slice of this and close your eyes and pretend you're still somewhere totally tropical whilst the lime and coconut tingle on your tastebuds!

No Bake Coconut & Key Lime Cheesecakes:
Makes 16
Adapted from Beyond Frosting 

For the crust:
300g key lime pie crunch creams (or biscuit of your choice)
80g unsalted butter

For the filling:
2 cups double cream
1/4 cup icing sugar
450g cream cheese
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tsp coconut extract
zest of 2 limes
1 1/2 tbsp key lime juice
1/4 cup desiccated coconut
1/2 cup shredded coconut

5 tbsp shredded coconut for decoration

 Prepare the crust by blitzing the biscuits into fine crumbs in a blender.  Melt the butter in a heatproof bowl in the microwave.  Add it to the biscuit crumbs a little at a time to see when it is moist enough to roll a ball of the mix in the palm of your hands and have it hold it's shape (if you are using biscuits without a filling, you will probably need more butter to hold it together).

Press the crust into a 9x13" pan, or individually portioned square pan.  Set aside.

Whip the double cream in a stand mixer until peaks start to form, add the icing sugar and continue whipping until still peaks form.  Transfer into a bowl and refrigerate.

Beat the cream cheese and brown sugar, with the beater attachment in a stand mixer, on high speed for 2-3 minutes.

Add coconut extract and lime zest, along with the key lime juice (or juice of the limes you have just zested if you have access to real key limes).  Beat into cream cheese until well mixed. 

Add both coconuts and beat to combine. 

Remove the cream from the fridge and gently fold into the cream cheese mixture until combined.  Take care, as you don't want to deflate the cream.

Spread over crust with a knife until distributed evenly.

Sprinkle with the extra shredded coconut.

Refrigerate for 2-4 hours.  Keep refrigerated.

Eat and enjoy!


  1. Key lime pie crunch cream biscuits?! I need to get my hands on those! Why do I have a sneaky suspicious they are from across the pond though...?! I love me a no-bake cheesecake too, cheesecake it's something I don't often make either and only ever bother with if we are having friends over. I bet your parents are really enjoying having you on tap for baked goods at the moment!

    1. Actually Kim - for once they are not from across the pond! I got them at Asda, but Lisa below seems to think they were a limited edition - I have had them quite a while so they might not be around now but they're fox brand and they are in like maroon packaging - they had a mississippi mud pie flavour too on the shelves with these! It's funny isn't it how cheesecake for me too seems like a make for people coming over dessert but actually it's so easy to throw together I don't know why we classify it as that! Also though, my husband doesn't like it so if I made it regularly I'd have to eat the whole pan myself!!

  2. These sound delicious. I love that its no bake and gelatin free. I hate gelatin in cheesecakes. Yummy flavours

    1. Thanks Katie! Yeah, I never use gelatin in my cheesecakes either. In fact I got some ages ago that has just sat in my baking cupboard for months and months, I just got some marshmallow making goodies as a gift though so I may finally get around to using it!!

  3. I love a good key lime anything! This cheesecake looks delicious!

    I don't make cheesecake very often either, but usually because after one slice I am kinda done as it's so rich!

    I had some of those key lime biscuits I made truffles out of them. Shame they were limited edition :0( Unless you used different key lime biscuits then I must know where you find them! :0)

    1. That's true cheesecake is crazy rich! I'd much prefer a brownie or cupcake over a cheesecake, but it is good for something rich and decadent once in a while! I love key lime everything too, it's just so sad it's so rare over here! No, those were the key lime biscuits I used - I didn't realise they were limited edition! I should have bought more than 2 packs!!

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