No bake lime and ginger cheesecake, quick and simple to prepare but full of zesty flavour. Ideal for serving as dessert when friends are round for dinner as it can be made ahead of time!
I’m a very sociable person and love having family and friends round for dinner. However in the past I’ve fallen into the same trap many will have fallen into when it comes to entertaining. I’ve tried too hard creating something complex and then found myself stressed out before my guests arrive. This of course misses the entire point of the get together, as friends are coming to socialise with you, not watch you cook! Instead I want to be stood relaxed with a glass of wine in my hand, with little more to do than serve up!
These days I’ve learned that keeping things simple is the way to go. I always prepare at least one course in advance. A course that I have ready to serve, requiring the smallest amount of time and effort to get it on the table. I like to prepare ahead starters or desserts, but ideally both. After all, nobody enjoys watching their host in a blind panic.
Can this dish be made ahead of time?
Yes this recipe for no bake cheesecake can be prepared ahead of time. This is my fail safe dessert which can be prepared the day before and left in the fridge until you are ready to serve. It’s a very simple dessert to prepare and doesn’t require a lot of time or effort. More a case of combining the flavours to get them right for your taste and assembling the cheesecake. This is a reliably good dessert that I always receive high praise for, any time I serve it.
Are there are substitutions I can make?
The limoncello adds alcohol to this dessert. However, it you would prefer to leave it out, simply add a little sour cream to loosen the mascarpone cheese mixture. If you don’t have ginger nut biscuits, a simple digestive biscuit would also work for the base.
If you want to leave out the lime curd, perhaps as someone eating with you has an egg allergy and can’t eat curd, then simply add extra lime zest and juice to the mixture. Just keep tasting the mixture to get the balance of flavour right.
What other flavour combinations would work?
This no bake cheesecake is very easily adapted to suit other citrus flavours. For example you could substitute the limes and lime curd for either lemon or orange. If you wanted to add a little decoration grate some good quality chocolate over the top, just before serving.
This is when entertaining is fun. You make something that is deceptively simple, yet everyone enjoys it and some ask for the recipe. Desserts like these mean that you can relax and have that extra glass of wine with your main course. Knowing all you have to do is slice and serve the no bake cheesecake, preferably with a nice dessert wine to wash it down!
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Additional recipe suggestions:
If you enjoyed this citrus recipe then try our zesty Lemon Tart & Limoncello Icecream. Alternatively some of our other favourite dessert recipes our Quick Peach & Raspberry Mille Feuille or our Baked Vanilla Cheesecake.
No-bake Lime & Ginger Cheesecake
- 250 g ginger biscuits - crushed into crumbs
- 120 g butter - melted
- 750 g mascarpone cheese
- 60 g icing sugar
- 3 limes - zest and juice
- 6 tsp lime curd
- 50 ml limoncello liqueur
- Crush the ginger biscuits, place in a bowl and add the melted butter. Mix to combine and then place in a 20cm loose bottomed flan case. Press the mixture firmly onto the base using the back of a spoon and smooth to form the cheesecase base. Place the flan case in the refrigerator until you are ready to fill.
- Empty the tubs of mascarpone into a large bowl and break up. Add the remaining ingredients to the bowl and whisk together to form a smooth, lump free mixture.
- Remove the flan case from the fridge and pour over the cheesecake mixture. Smooth the top and place back in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours until ready to serve.
- Remove the cheesecake from the fridge half an hour before serving.