|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 13g||17%|
|Saturated Fat 8g||38%|
|Total Carbohydrate 21g||8%|
|Dietary Fiber 0g||1%|
|Total Sugars 15g|
|Vitamin C 1mg||4%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
"No-bake" cheesecakes are called rare cheesecakes in Japan. This is a soft type of cheesecake and usually, gelatin is used to harden the filling. Rare cheesecakes are chilled and served with fresh fruits or fruit sauces.
It's easy to make this Japanese version of one of the world's favorite desserts at home with this recipe. The main difference between this and other no-bake cheesecakes is the use of yogurt instead of heavy cream; this variation makes this cheesecake more nutritious than other cheesecakes and gives it an extra level of acidity that will appeal to more adventurous palates. This recipe yields a texture more closely resembling a super-creamy panna cotta rather than a traditional cheesecake.
The cream cheese and yogurt are mixed with gelatin or lemon juice, then poured over the biscuit crust and cooled to set inside the refrigerator. Eggs are not used in this recipe. This version is often served with berries or other types of fruits (mango is a favorite), fruit sauce, or jam.
For a baked version, try this Japanese cheesecake recipe.
For the Cheesecake Filling:
3/4 cup cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons plain yogurt
1/3 cup sugar
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon gelatin powder
1/4 cup water
For the Crust:
1 cup crushed graham crackers
3 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon sugar
Steps to Make It
Gather the ingredients.
Mix gelatin powder and water in a small cup and set aside.
Combine crushed graham crackers, melted butter, and sugar in a bowl.
Press crumbs into the bottom of a round 8-inch cake pan.
Stir cream cheese in a bowl until softened.
Heat water and gelatin mixture in microwave until it becomes liquid.
Add yogurt, sugar, lemon juice, and gelatin into softened cream cheese and mix well.
Pour filling into crust and spread evenly.
Refrigerate the cake for 3 hours or until set.
Serve with your favorite fruits, fruit sauce, or jam.
- Plan ahead—this no-bake cheesecake requires 3 hours of refrigeration time (or overnight).
- Tofu can be substituted for some of the cream cheese, creating a wonderfully light and creamy texture.
- Instead of an 8-inch cake pan, try a 6-inch cake pan for a taller, more imposing presentation.
- You can also add matcha powder for a unique light dessert.
- Feel free to substitute yuzu juice for the lemon juice if available for a more unique Japanese treat.
- The best way to cut a cheesecake is to use a knife that has been warmed in hot water. Dip the knife in hot water, wipe, and cut. Repeat this each time you cut.