29 February 2012

Easy apple pie cheese cake

I've been IMA for so long it feels quite weird to start blogging again. But I noticed that I've missed it so I'll try to post more frequently.

I hope to be able to persuade you to make this. It's a real "Dutch" treat. Or at least I think it is a Dutch treat since I've never seen it made like this anywhere else.

This cheese cake is not your traditional cheese cake, but it’s a nicer “lighter” version. Normally I would make it with quark, which is a slightly thicker version of yoghurt, but it works with yoghurt as well. And you can make it in any flavour you like. All depending on what flavour yoghurt or quark you have.

I’ve been wanting to make this for a while now, but somehow it wasn’t the right time. Now that the expiration date is coming closer I didn’t had a choice. Either I use the ingredients or I had to through them in the garbage. So I gathered all the stuff and just got started.

For this super easy cheese cake I used:
-          500 grams of Dutch spice cookies (speculaaskoekjes)
-          75 grams of butter
-          300 ml of whipping cream
-          500 ml of apple pie yoghurt
-          5 tablespoons of sugar
-          6 sheets of gelatine (= 9 grams of gelatine powder)
-          Juice of half an orange
I stared with crushing the cookies with my pestle. It takes quite some time to crush them so if you have a food processor…use it!  

You can use any cookie you like. I know that some people like to use Graham crackers, but I like to use a cookie that already has lots of flavours so I don’t have to add any extra. I think ginger cookies will work as well.
While I’m working hard on the cookies I headed some butter in the microwave, only for 30 seconds. Just enough to make it melt.
Then I added the butter to the cookie crumbs and mixed it together till all the crumbs are coated with butter.  
I poured the mixture in a big cake mould and started to press it with a glass to make it all stick together and to make a smooth bottom. This will go into the fridge while I prepare the rest of the cake.
I mixed the whipping cream with 5 tablespoons of sugar till it was nice and firm and set it aside.

In the meantime I soaked the gelatine sheets in some cold water till they feel rubbery. I heated the juice of ½  an orange and dissolved the gelatine in it.
Then it was time to mix the yoghurt with the orange/gelatine mixture. And when that was well mixed I added the whipped cream and mixed it for just another couple of seconds.
The whole mixture went on top of the cookie bottom and back in the fridge so it could set.
It set perfectly! The bottom was nice and thick and worked so well with the light and fluffy yoghurt.
I normally make it one day ahead so all the flavours can combine. Since I used a big cake mould there was plenty to share with my neighbours.

As you can see I like my cake plain, without any decorating. I figured there are a lot of calories in the cake already so I don't have to add any extra. And I don't feel too guilty taking another slice...

Next time I would make it in a glass so everyone can have their own individual servings. Give this cheese cake a try. You'll love it!


  1. Pretty and tasty looking. Lovely recipe.

  2. Glad to have you back!! This looks like a really lovely cheesecake dessert!! I love the light touch it has. :)

  3. Wow, how cool is that!

  4. Wow! That looks amazing!

  5. It sounds good! I hope I will find time to try making this cheesecake :)

  6. Hi Lilly, glad you are back in action! I love the spicy base to your cheesecake and the lovely light orange filling. Deeeeeelicious. I like your idea of making them in glasses too for individual portions, although you'd probably have to make a double-portion for me as I LOVE cheesecake (and I'm a bit of a greedyguts)

  7. Love those X'mas cookies as the crust...bet the cheesecake tastes very special and delectable.

  8. I think we have all been overly busy these days. My dad always ate those cookies when we were little, need to go find me a pack.

  9. It's nice to see that you're back, Lilly. I hope you had a good break from blogging. This is alovely comeback post. Love anything cheesecakey.

  10. Nice to see your post again :) yup,,you don't need to decorate this cheesecake,looks Yummy that, way it was nice of you to share with the neighbour,,I do Too sometime :)

  11. Yummy, it's nice and thick!

  12. Ooo luvly! I love this kind of cheesecake ... no bake and no eggs. Not that I don't take eggs, this is just lighter and I can eat more of it :)
    Wish I was your neighbor.

  13. ohmygosh girl this looks AH-MAZING!!!!!

  14. You are my hero my friend - taken two of my favourite desserts and mashed into the most beautiful concoction EVER!
    My heart goes out to this dish :D

    Choc Chip Uru
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  15. Welcome back sweetie..so glad that you are alright! your dessert is finger licking yummy! Nicely done as always!

  16. Lilly!! Welcome back! Your apple pie cheese cake looks delicious! Wow first time seeing two in one! It's great that you will be blogging frequently. You will get back in the swing of things very quickly and I look forward to your new posts!

  17. Yay! So glad to see you posting again! And starting off with such a 'nom nom nom' worthy cheese cake. YUM!

    Chef Eric Ripert. He has a restaurant here called 'Blue' in the Ritz Carlton and he hosts this ultra-chic food event every year called 'Cayman Cookout.' I can never go because its too expensive!

  18. Welcome back to blogging, Lilly! I can't believe i've never tried this cheesecake living in NL... Will have to correct this mistake! :)

  19. Welcome Back Lilly! I am drooling over this cheesecake and no bake cheesecake is one of my favourite desserts to make. I can tell this cheesecake is ultra light and fluffy. I am wondering right now if I could find apple pie yogurt here in our local supermarkets. Right now, I just wish I am your neighbour so I could shamelessly ask for another slice and another ;P. No worries about blogging as I went MIA for like 2 weeks and then back again. We all understand, well at least I know I do, and it's your blog. You can do anything to it as your like. Take care now!! Huggss

  20. Apple pie + Cheesecake in one, Spectacular!!!
    I need to try this soon...
    And welcome back to blogging...

  21. Hi Lilly nice to see you back. We miss you.
    I love your cheesecake it looks really delicious!!!


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