Smooth and creamy with a fragrant strawberry swirl, this no-bake cheesecake uses Queen Jel-it-in as a vegetarian setting alternative to gelatine.

Prep:
20 min + chilling
Serves:
8-10

Ingredients

Strawberries
  1. 200g fresh or frozen strawberries
  2. 1/3 cup (75g) caster sugar
  3. 2 tbsp (40ml) water
Base
  1. 125g plain sweet biscuits*
  2. 40g butter, melted
Cheesecake
  1. 500g cream cheese, room temperature
  2. ½ cup (110g) caster sugar
  3. 2 tsp Queen Vanilla Bean Paste
  4. 400ml thickened cream*
  5. 2 sachets Queen Jel-it-in
Whipped Cream
  1. 300ml thickened cream
  2. 1 tsp Queen Vanilla Bean Paste
  3. 2 tbsp (25g) icing sugar
  4. 100g fresh strawberries, to decorate

Method - Strawberries

  1. Step 1

    Place strawberries, sugar and water in a saucepan. Bring to the boil before reducing the heat and cooking liquid has reduce by half and strawberries are soft. Set aside and allow to cool until no longer hot to the touch.

Method - Base

  1. Step 1

    Grease and line the base of a 20cm cake tin.

  2. Step 2

    In a food processor, process biscuits into fine crumbs, then add butter and mix until combined. Press into cake tin or jars and flatten with the back of a spoon.

Method - Cheesecake

  1. Step 1

    Combine cream cheese, and Vanilla Bean Paste in a food processor until smooth and creamy.

  2. Step 2

    Combine cream and Jel-it-in in a small saucepan, stirring well to combine. Add sugar, then cook over a low heat, stirring constantly until mixture reaches boiling point. Allow to boil for 1 minute before removing from the heat and immediately pour into food processor. Do not allow mixture to sit for any amount of time before combining with cream cheese.

  3. Step 3

    With the food processor running, pour hot cream into cream cheese mixture and blend until combined, scraping the side to ensure cream cheese is fulling incorporated. Working quickly, add cheesecake mixture to muddled strawberry mixture, mixing to combine. Pour into cake tin. Chill for 3-4 hours.

Method - Whipped Cream

  1. Step 1

    Combine cream, Vanilla Bean Paste and icing sugar and whip to firm peaks. Spoon onto chilled cheesecake and top with fresh strawberries.

Recipe Notes

Make this recipe gluten free: use gluten free cookies.

Some thickened creams contain gelatine, be mindful to check the ingredients list to ensure you are purchasing a thickened cream using thickeners if making this recipe for a vegetarian.
Bulla, Coles and Woolworths brands of thickened cream are free from gelatine making them ideal for this recipe.

For Jel-it-in to set completely, it must be dissolved in cold liquid, then heated to boiling point. Do not skip this step!

Heated Jel-it-in mixture will begin to set as soon as it starts to cool down. To prevent unpleasant clumping and if possible, warm the other ingredients it is to be mixed with, then gradually add the ingredients to the hot Jel-it-in mixture. If lumpy, try blending with a stick blender or food processor.

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