I attended the Maya Kitchen Cheesecake class early this month and told myself that I'd make at least one cheesecake this month. My boys were also eager to sample it. Got some ingredients last weekend when we went grocery shopping and I immediately put myself to work.
Of course, I started with the easiest recipe -- the no-bake cheesecake. Haha.
Ingredients for the crumb crust:
1 cup crushed graham crackers (approximately 2/3 of a 200 gram pack if you don't find the crushed one)
1 cup finely chopped cashew nuts
1 Tbsp. sugar
1/3 cup butter, melted
Ingredients for the cream cheese filling:
1 225-gram pack cream cheese (I found out that Magnolia has, it's cheaper and it tasted yummy)
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/4 cups thick cream
1 Tbsp. unflavored gelatin dissolved in 1/4 cup hot water (if you can't find Knox, you can use Petroaco the local brand)
3 medium sized mangoes, chopped
An hour before you start, bring out of the fridge the following: cream cheese and butter.
How to make the crumb crust:
1. Crush the graham crackers and cashew nuts. Combine in a bowl and mix well.
2. Melt the butter (don't burn it! You'll know it's burnt if it smells like popcorn). Add to the dry mixture. Mix well.
3. Press evenly over the base of the prepared pan. (You can opt to use the bottom of a glass to press it on the pan).
4. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
How to make the cream cheese filling:
1. Prepare the gelatin mixture. Set aside to cool.
2. Mix cream cheese and sugar using an electric mixer. Just use low speed and add the sugar in parts. (Or you can use a blender, but better to use an electric mixer).
3. Add the cream and mix until the mixture is smooth and well-combined. Do not over-mix though because this will create bubbles.
4. Add the cooled gelatin mixture.
5. Stir in chopped mangoes and pour into chilled crust.
6. You can refrigerate or put it in the freezer for about 3 hours (best to leave it overnight).
Here's the finished product: