Day 11 – No Bake Cheesecake

I freaking love cheesecake. I also like not spending hours baking them.  It’s hot af today, so I’m pretty excited to test out this recipe without heating up my kitchen. The weather has been crazy where I live, lately we’ve been experiencing each season within the same week. As warm as it has been today, I know I ain’t seen nothing yet. Later on this week there is a high chance for a couple inches of snow, go figure. I could be wearing shorts and then a down coat in the same calendar week. Whomever still thinks that climate change is a joke, just come stay in my neck of the woods and tell me this is okay. Also, I will fight you. In person.

Let’s get started shall we? The type of cookie I used to make the crust was some random ‘limited edition’ Oreos I had forgotten about in my cupboards. I love Oreos more than I should be allowed to, and I am a sucker for the weird flavors they put out, such as key lime pie, and red velvet. Most are hit or misses, which should mean I’ve learned my lesson not to buy the whole damn pack, but I never do. The temptation of a new bizarre flavor is too much for my sweet tooth. Luckily, Oreos may be one of those foods that will survive M.O.A.B. and my, dare I say it, autumn-themed Oreos were still in tip top shape. It was fun peeling off the crème insides, separating the cookie from the cream. If I was more adventurous, I could have done something awesome to the crust, or added a just crème layer, but I didn’t want to adulterate my cheesecake.

The hardest part of this recipe was also the silliest.  One of the first steps in the video was to strain the cheese through a strainer to make the whipping process a little easier. I did not make the ‘fresh cheese’ like Chef did in a previous video, I went with softened cream cheese, which may have made the straining a little superfluous. I realized only after I had pushed the cream cheese through the sieve that I could have easily have just used a handheld blender to combine all the stuff without making a hot mess of a colander. Ah well, it was kind of fun, especially watching the cheese push through like Play Doh in a Crazy Cuts mold.

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This straightforward recipe is a nice companion to binge watching my favorite show when I was young, Avatar: The Last Airbender. (I just dated myself there, didn’t I?) The only problem I experienced was not being able to wait a couple hours for the filling to set. It tasted amazing, albeit tart right after I mixed up the ‘batter.’ I highly recommend letting it sit overnight for it to set. It mellows out any tartness leftover from the lemon juice, and it’s well worth the wait. I would make this again in a heartbeat.

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