This No-Bake Blackberry Cheesecake has a velvety filling made with cream cheese and heavy cream, sweetened with a top layer of blackberry panna cotta. With a delicious undertone of lemon flavor, set upon a gluten-free ginger-flavored cookie crust, this no-bake blackberry cheesecake is a sweet way to send off our summer!
With summer ending in just over a week away, what better way to take advantage of those last fresh, beautiful blackberries with this luscious blackberry cheesecake?
Unlike other cheesecakes, this no-bake cheesecake has a sweet light taste as well as an airy texture. It’s a delicious combination of a cheesecake mousse, but, as firm as a panna cotta.
Inspired by my Lemon Raspberry Panna Cotta Cheesecake recipe, only this one presents itself with a beautiful color of purple, and will surely please everyone who tastes it.
An excellent cheesecake to make for any occasion! The flavors of blackberry and lemon go perfectly together.
Ingredients Needed (your shopping list):
gluten-free ginger snap cookies or the original
heavy whipping cream
1 lemon for lemon juice and zest
1 envelope of unflavored gelatine (by Knox), divided
Recipe for No-Bake Blackberry Cheesecake!
This dessert is a simple three-step process.
The first step is to make the crust and freeze it for a few minutes.
The second is to make the cheesecake filling and freeze again while you prepare the third step.
And, the third step is to add the blackberry filling on top.
So before you begin, it’s a good idea to make some room in your freezer. 🙂
NOTES and TIPS FOR SUCCESS!
1. Make the Crust:
The crust is made with 3 ingredients: Gluten-Free Ginger Snap Cookies, brown sugar, and melted butter. Feel free to use original ginger snap cookies if you prefer. Either cookie will work great in this dessert.
Then the crumb mixture is poured into a 7-inch springform pan and firmly press down on the bottom of the pan and up the sides. We recommend using a small glass or measuring cup to press firmly.
No need to bake the crust this time around. Just pop the pan into the freezer for about 10 minutes while you prepare the cheesecake filling. Freezing the crust will make it firm, and perfect to slice when serving.
2. For the Filling:
There are 2 parts to making the filling.
The First Part: The cheesecake filling and the ingredients needed for the filling are 1 brick of cream cheese, sour cream, vanilla extract, lemon juice, lemon zest, and only 1 + 1/2 teaspoons of unflavored gelatine powder, sugar, and heavy cream.
It’s important to bring the cream cheese to room temperature before you start. No fancy equipment is required. You will only need a blender to do all the work.
When you heat the heavy cream, it’s important to stir the cream with the gelatine until both the gelatine and sugar completely dissolve into the cream. Then slowly pour it into the cream cheese mixture inside the blender.
No need to rinse the blender in between Step 1 and Step 2 when blending the fillings. Making this process even easier.
Finally, pour the cheesecake mixture into the prepared crust, and transfer it back into the freezer while you prepare the final blackberry layer.
The Second Part: The Blackberry layer on top is made with only 4 ingredients. These are 1 + 1/2 cups fresh blackberries, heavy cream, some sugar, and 1 + 1/2 teaspoons of unflavored gelatine powder.
Also, there’s no need to clean the blender or the small pot, you will use it again for the blackberry layer on top. 🙂
Lastly, pour the final blackberry layer over the cheesecake layer and transfer it to your refrigerator to chill for a few hours before serving.
Super easy and TOTALLY DELICIOUS!!
No-Bake Blackberry Cheesecake will make a fabulous presentation.
This cheesecake is a delicious dessert, and when it’s all done, it’s all worth the process!
No-fuss and it can be made up to 2 days ahead.
Serve with extra blackberries or with some whipped cream on the side and you’ll have this quick and easy cheesecake dessert ready in no time.
Finally, before summer ends, try these delicious desserts!
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
For the Crust:
- 1 + 1/4 cups (GF or original) Ginger Snap Cookies- finely crushed (about 25 small cookies).
- 1/4 cup packed brown sugar (light or dark)
- 4 Tbsp. butter - melted
For the Cheesecake Filling:
- 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1 + 1/2 tsp. of unflavored gelatine powder
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 (8-ounce) (226g) cream cheese - room temperature
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
- 1 tsp. lemon zest
- 3/4 cup sour cream
For the Blackberry Layer:
- 3/4 cup heavy cream
- 1 + 1/2 tsp. of unflavored gelatine powder
- 2 Tbsp. granulated sugar
- 1 (6-ounce) (about 1 + 1/2 cups) fresh blackberries
Make the Crust:
- First, crush the cookies. Do this in two batches, put them into a mini chopper or food processor and pulse a few times until they are completely crushed.
- In a small bowl, use a fork to combine crushed cookie crumbs with melted butter and brown sugar.
- Pour the moist crumb mixture into a 7-inch springform cheesecake pan. Use a small glass or a measuring cup and press firmly on the bottom and up the sides. Then place the pan into your freezer for at least 10 minutes or more.
To Make Cheesecake Filling:
- First, pour the heavy cream into a small pot and place it on the stovetop. Sprinkle 1 +1/2 teaspoons of the gelatine powder over the cream and turn on low heat.
- Add the sugar and stir until the sugar and gelatin have completely dissolved, and the cream is heated for about 2 to 3 minutes. Do not bring to a boil. Turn off the heat.
- Next, place the cream cheese, vanilla extract, sour cream, lemon juice, and lemon zest into a blender. Blend on low speed for about 30 seconds.
- Pop open the top of the lid on the blender and slowly pour in the hot cream mixture. Close the top, grab a kitchen towel, and hold down the top of the blender as you press the lowest speed for a few seconds. Then gradually increase its speed to the highest, and puree the mixture for about 2 minutes. Stop the blending and use a spatula to scrape down the sides of the blender to blend the mixture evenly. Blend again for an additional minute.
- Then remove the prepared crust from the freezer. Slowly pour the cream cheese mixture into the crust. Transfer the cheesecake pan back into the freezer, while you make the blackberry layer.
Make the Blackberry Layer:
- In the same small pot (and no need to rinse) pour in the heavy cream, and sprinkle over the cream with 1 + 1/2 teaspoons of unflavored gelatin powder. Turn on low heat. Heat the cream and stir in the sugar. Stir until the gelatin and sugar are completely dissolved. Turn off heat.
- Using your blender again, and no need to rinse it. Toss in the fresh blackberries, and blend on low speed. Open the top of the cover and slowly pour in the hot cream mixture and close the lid of the blender.
- Hold down the top and turn on the lowest speed for a few seconds. Then gradually increase your speed to the highest speed for about 1 to 2 minutes.
- Then turn off the blender, and use a spatula to scrape down the sides of the blender to blend the mixture evenly. And, blend again for an additional minute.
- Finally, pull out the cheesecake from the freezer. Gently pour the blackberry mixture over the cheesecake layer and transfer to your refrigerator and chill (uncovered) for at least 2 hours or more before serving. Overnight is best.
To Remove Springform Pan:
- Before you open the latch, loosen the sides of the cheesecake using a warm knife. Gently run warm water over the knife for a few seconds, wipe it dry, then slowly slide a knife around the cheesecake to ensure it's not sticking to the springform pan.
- Then open the latch and remove the band from the cheesecake.
- Garnish with fresh blackberries and a sprig of mint on top.
- Transfer to a serving plate and serve.
- Serves 8
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A Fun Fact about how the Cheesecake came about? It was invented in ancient Greece, long before the Romans adapted the recipe. So we can’t take credit for the cheesecake, but we can take credit for the panna cotta! ( just sayin’) For more information, check out wikiCheesecake!
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