No Bake Cheesecake

Course : Cheesecakes
Serves: 12
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2 large eggs -- separated
1 cup milk
2 packages gelatin -- unflavored
1 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon lemon peel -- grated
3 cups creamed cottage cheese
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 crust unbaked crumb crust
1 cup heavy cream
1 cup chopped nuts -- for garnish

Preparation / Directions:

In small bowl, beat egg yolks with milk until mixed; in 2-quart saucepan, stir gelatin with sugar and salt. Stir yolk mixture into gelatin mixture. Cook over medium heat, stirring, until mixture thickens and coats spoon. Remove from heat; add lemon peel; cool. Into large bowl, press cottage cheese through sieve; add lemon juice and vanilla. Add gelatin mixture. Chill about 30 minutes, stirring until mixture mounds when dropped from spoon. Meanwhile, press half of crust mixture in bottom of 9-inch springform pan. In small bowl with mixer at high speed, beat egg whites just until stiff peaks form; spoon onto gelatin mixture. Beat cream until soft peak form; spoon onto egg whites; fold egg whites and cream into gelatin mixture. Pour gelatin mixture into prepared springform pan. Sprinkle top with remaining crumb mixture and refrigerate until firm.

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