Recipe: Zesty No-bake Cheesecake

No-bake cakes are just the thing for busy people. Easy and unusual recipe for a cheesecake to make for parties or picnics using pancakes. You would not expect that so your guests or kids will be surprised!


Preparation time: 30 minutes Plus time to chill

Serves 10

1 pack Sweet Pancakes (we used Abra-ca-Debora Sweet Dutch Pancakes for this recipe)

14 digestive biscuits

8 tbsp melted butter

400g cream cheese

Zest of 3 oranges, segments saved for later

Zest of 1 lemon

250g mascarpone cheese

50g caster sugar

3 tbsp milk

150ml pot double cream


1. Put the biscuits in a large freezer bag and bash into crumbs with a rolling pin – how therapeutic, dear.

2. Place the crumbs in a large bowl and mix with the melted butter.

3. Press the biscuit mixture evenly into the bottom of a 23cm tin, so it’s tightly packed. Put the tin into the fridge to set, this should take half an hour.

4. Put the cream cheese into a large bowl with the orange zest, mascarpone, sugar and milk and mix well with a spoon.

5. Whisk the cream until it resembles thick custard, add the cream cheese mixture and combine well.

6. Pour 1/7 of the mixture into the tin and spread evenly. Top with a pancake.

7. Repeat using 1/7 of the mix each time, layering with a pancake and finishing with a layer of the cream cheese mix.

8. Decorate the top with the saved orange segments and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, but preferably overnight.

Recipe and image © Abra-ca-Debora Dutch pancakes

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