No-Bake Captain America Cheesecake
A light, creamy no-bake cheesecake garnished with raspberries, bananas and blueberries in the style of a Captain America shield. Get psyched for the upcoming movie!
So I’m a little obsessed with superheroes. But I don’t see why anyone shouldn’t be. Spiderman can climb the tallest of buildings. Ironman has a vast collection of costumes. Batman drives a fancy car. Thor lives in outer space. Captain America is a soldier. Who fought during World War II. Also, they’re all in impeccable physical form and they attract the opposite sex like magnets. What’s not to like?
Reading superhero comic books and watching the movies transports you to an alternate world, and you’re lasting thought is, “I wish I was one”. In the past couple of years, Marvel’s rebooted their series- so everything is up to date- the actors, the special effects, the technology- it makes everything feel almost real. I hope I’ve made my point. Superheroes are awesome. Captain America is out next weekend in Poland, so naturally I’m excited, and naturally I want to make something in spirit of the film.
I know I’ve used food coloring on a few occasions- but frankly, I don’t like to. That’s the reason I don’t like making red velvet cupcakes- have you seen the amount of gunky red color that goes into it? Gross with a capital G. I don’t see why anyone should use artificial coloring when there is an option to use the real stuff. That’s why I love this creation. Not only do you feel good about eating fresh fruit, it tastes light and summery- but it also looks quite stunning, if I don’t say so myself.
I personally only like cheesecake if it’s served with berries, because tart compliments dense and creamy so well. I love my regular cheesecake recipe, which is tall, creamy and well, perfect. But so is this one- and you don’t need to bake it. It doesn’t have eggs either- so it’s vegetarian friendly. What’s more is that you don’t need to wait much before eating. The filling has a mousse-like texture, it’s almost velvety- smooth, creamy and perfectly balanced by the buttery crust. The white chocolate adds a flavorful sweetness and a squeeze of lemon juice also adds a slight pang along with the cream cheese. Topped of with berries, you’re set!
You are going to love this cream, super simple, cheesecake topped off with berries. Make this before next week to celebrate the upcoming Captain America movie!
- 1 1/4 cups (225 g) digestive biscuits of your choice
- 3/4 stick (75 g) softened butter at room temperature
- 2 tbsp granulated sugar (optional- depending on biscuit’s sweetness)
- 10 oz (around 270-300 g) cream cheese at room temperature
- 7 oz (around 200 g) white chocolate
- 1 cup (250 mL) whipping cream
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tsp fresh lemon juice
- For the topping:
- 1 banana, sliced thinly *
- fresh/frozen raspberries (optionally chop them)- around 1 1/2 cups *
- blueberries – around 1/2 cup *
- 1×8 inch wax paper circle
- In a food processor, blitz the biscuits (and sugar) until smooth.
- Add the butter and continue blending until the mixture resembles wet sand.
- Press the mixture evenly at the bottom of a 8-9 inch springform pan- or any other circular dish and set aside.
- Melt the chocolate either over a double boiler or in the microwave in 15 second increments until smooth.
- In a bowl, whip the whipping cream until you get soft peaks and set aside.
- In another bowl, mix the cream cheese until smooth. Add the white chocolate and mix slowly to incorporate.
- Next, gently fold in the whipped cream until everything is combined.
- Add the vanilla extract and lemon juice and continue to mix.
- Pour the mixture on top of the base and spread evenly.
- Refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight to set.
- To decorate, place the 8 inch wax paper circle in the center and gently trace with a toothpick.
- Remove the circle and raspberries between the edge of the cheesecake and the traced circle. You can also just place two raspberries side by side to make 1 inch instead of using the wax circle.
- Next, arrange the banana slices on the periphery of the traced line, next to the raspberries to make 1 inch.
- Then arrange another layer of raspberries to make 1 inch on the other side of the banana slices, so that the banana ring is surrounded by raspberries on both sides.
- Using the toothpick, draw a star in the center- where no fruits are as yet.
- Place the blueberries around the star in a circle (look at photograph).
- Fill the star with banana slices that have been halved.
- Serve immediately before bananas begin to brown.
Loosely adapted from Nigella Lawson’s Cherry Cheesecake recipe