Passionfruit Cheesecake – no bake recipe

If you’re in the mood for a dessert that combines creamy goodness with a tangy twist, then this is the no-bake passionfruit cheesecake you must-try. The smooth texture of the no-bake lemon cheesecake perfectly complements the vibrant flavours of fresh passionfruit. A perfect summer party cheesecake that will leave you wanting more. Get ready to experience a taste sensation like never before with this passion fruit cheesecake recipe!

Passionfruit cheesecake is beloved for its tropical flair and tangy-sweet flavour, making it a favourite among dessert enthusiasts. Its vibrant yellow colour and refreshing taste evoke summer vibes, perfect for warm weather gatherings or as a refreshing treat year-round.

The contrast of creamy cheesecake with the zesty punch of passionfruit curd or pulp creates a delightful sensory experience. Serve it chilled for optimal enjoyment, ideal as a dessert at barbecues, picnics, or celebratory occasions where its exotic taste can shine.

Its versatility and distinctive flavour profile make it a standout choice for those seeking a dessert that’s both impressive and delicious.

Why you’ll love this recipe

Vibrant Flavour: The tangy passionfruit adds a refreshing twist to the creamy, rich cheesecake, creating a delightful balance of sweetness and tartness.

Eye-catching Presentation: The striking contrast between the creamy filling and the bright passionfruit topping makes for a stunning dessert that’s perfect for any occasion.

Simple Preparation: With straightforward ingredients and easy-to-follow steps, this recipe allows you to create an impressive dessert without much fuss.

Ingredients

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Passionfruit

Passionfruit provides a vibrant, tangy flavour that cuts through the richness of the cheesecake, offering a refreshing contrast. Its distinctive seeds and pulp add texture and a tropical twist. When swirled into the filling or used as a topping, passionfruit creates an eye-catching, deliciously exotic dessert.

Cream Cheese

Cream cheese is the cornerstone of this luscious passionfruit cheesecake recipe. It’s smooth, creamy texture creates a rich, dense base that holds the flavours together.

Double Cream

Double cream adds extra richness and a silky texture to the cheesecake. When whipped, it lightens the cream cheese mixture, creating a smoother, more indulgent filling. Its high fat content ensures the cheesecake sets beautifully and maintains a luxurious mouthfeel.

Shortbread Biscuits

Crushed shortbread biscuits form the buttery, crumbly base of the cheesecake. Their rich, sweet flavour complements the tangy passionfruit and creamy filling.

Mixed with melted butter, they create a firm yet tender crust that provides a delightful contrast to the smooth cheesecake layer.

How to make – step by step

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Making the cheesecake base

Start making your Passionfruit cheesecake by crushing your biscuits.

Melt the butter in the microwave and pour over the biscuits.

Mix the butter through your biscuits and press them into a springform cake tin to form your cheesecake base.

Level out the base and leave the base to set in the fridge while you prep your passionfruit topping and make the cheesecake filling.

Making the cheesecake filling

Whip your double cream into soft peaks and fold the cream cheese in. Don’t forget to add some icing sugar for sweetness!

Add your lemon zest to the double cream and get to whipping!

Spoon or pour your lemon cheesecake filling into the biscuit base.

Put it back in the fridge to set.

Decorate your Passionfruit Cheesecake

Now it’s time to decorate!

Use an electric whisk to whip up some double cream and pipe little rosettes around the edge of your cheesecake. Then add your passionfruit round the edge.

Top Tips

Chill Thoroughly

Allow the cheesecake to chill in the fridge for at least 4-6 hours, or ideally overnight. This ensures the filling is fully set and the flavours have melded together for a perfect texture and taste.

Strain the Passionfruit

For a smoother topping, strain the passionfruit pulp to remove seeds. This creates a silky, tangy layer that enhances the cheesecake’s visual appeal and eating experience without the crunch of seeds.

Ensure a Firm Biscuit Base

Press the crushed biscuit mixture firmly into the base of the tin using the back of a spoon or a glass. This creates a solid foundation that holds together well, providing a perfect contrast to the creamy filling and ensuring each slice holds its shape.

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Serving Suggestions

Drizzle over more passionfruit coulis

Serve your passionfruit cheesecake chilled for the best texture and flavour. Garnish with fresh passionfruit pulp for an extra burst of tangy freshness.

Serve with more cream or ice cream

Accompany each slice with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Add fresh berries

For added flair, scatter fresh mint leaves on top or alongside fresh berries, such as raspberries or blueberries, to complement the tropical taste.

Equipment

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Substitutions and variations

Mango and passionfruit cheesecake

To transform a traditional passion fruit no-bake cheesecake into a mango version, substitute passion fruit pulp with ripe mango puree in the cheesecake mixture. Adjust the sweetness accordingly, and consider adding finely chopped mango chunks for extra texture. Top the cheesecake with a layer of mango glaze or fresh mango slices to enhance flavour and appearance. This adaptation brings a tropical twist to the dessert, perfect for mango enthusiasts.

White chocolate and passionfruit cheesecake Recipe

To make this regular passion fruit no-bake cheesecake into a white chocolate and passionfruit cheesecake, simply incorporate melted white chocolate into the cheesecake mixture before setting. This addition enhances the creamy texture and adds a subtle sweetness that complements the tangy passionfruit. Decorate with swirls of passionfruit coulis on top for an elegant finish, balancing the flavours beautifully.

Passionfruit curd cheesecake

Passionfruit curd is a smooth, tangy spread made from passionfruit juice, sugar, eggs, and butter. It has a vibrant yellow colour and a tart flavour that pairs wonderfully with sweet desserts like cheesecake you can max the curd into your cheesecake mix or use it to decorate the top.

Storing / Making ahead of time options

Begin by covering the cheesecake with a fitted lid or cling film, ensuring it’s tightly sealed to prevent any exposure to air, which can dry out the dessert.

Place the cheesecake in the refrigerator, ideally on a flat shelf to maintain its shape and prevent any accidental tipping.

Avoid placing heavy items on top to prevent damage to the delicate creamy layer.

If you’re planning to store the cheesecake for longer than two days, consider freezing it for up to a month. To serve, allow the cheesecake to thaw in the refrigerator overnight, ensuring it maintains its smooth texture. Then decorate and add the fruit.

Top Questions

How do you thicken tinned passionfruit pulp?
Is passion fruit pulp the same as passion fruit puree?
How do you remove seeds from passion fruit pulp?
Does no-bake cheesecake contain gelatin?
What is no-bake cheesecake filling made of?

FAQS

How do you thicken tinned passionfruit pulp?

To thicken tinned passionfruit pulp, simmer it gently in a saucepan over low heat. Stir in a cornflour slurry (cornflour mixed with a small amount of cold water) to thicken the pulp to your desired consistency. Allow it to cool before using in desserts or as a topping.

Is passion fruit pulp the same as passion fruit puree?

Passion fruit pulp and passion fruit puree are similar but not quite the same. Passion fruit pulp typically refers to the fresh, extracted seeds and juice from the fruit, often with some of the fibrous membrane. It’s chunkier and more textured.

On the other hand, passion fruit puree is a smoother blend of pulp that’s been strained to remove most of the fibres, resulting in a consistent, liquid texture. Both are used in cooking and baking, but puree is often preferred for recipes where a smooth texture is desired, like in sauces, desserts, or cocktails.

How do you remove seeds from passion fruit pulp?

To remove seeds from passion fruit pulp, scoop out the pulp into a sieve set over a bowl. Press the pulp gently with the back of a spoon to extract the juice, leaving the seeds behind in the sieve. Alternatively, blend the pulp briefly in a blender and then strain it through a fine mesh sieve to separate the seeds from the juice.

Does no-bake cheesecake contain gelatin?

No-bake cheesecake recipes typically do not require gelatin. Instead, they rely on ingredients like cream cheese, whipped cream or condensed milk, and sometimes sour cream or yoghurt.

They can achieve a creamy texture without the need for gelatin setting agents. This makes them easier to prepare and gives them a smoother, mousse-like consistency when set in the refrigerator.

What is no-bake cheesecake filling made of?

No-bake cheesecake filling typically comprises cream cheese, double cream (or whipping cream), icing sugar (or caster sugar), and vanilla extract. These ingredients are blended together until smooth and creamy. This creates a luxurious base for the cheesecake.

Additional flavourings like lemon juice or zest can be added for a tangy twist, while gelatine or agar-agar may be used to help set the filling properly without baking.

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Recipe

Passionfruit Cheesecake

Sisley White
If you're in the mood for a dessert that combines creamy goodness with a tangy twist, then this is the no-bake passionfruit cheesecake you must-try. The smooth texture of the no-bake lemon cheesecake perfectly complements the vibrant flavours of fresh passionfruit. A perfect summer party cheesecake that will leave you wanting more. Get ready to experience a taste sensation like never before with this passion fruit cheesecake recipe!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Party Food, Sweet Treats
Cuisine American, British, International
Servings 12 slices
Calories 560 kcal

Ingredients
 

Biscuit Base

  • 300 g (1 ¼ cups) digestives
  • 150 g (5 2/7 oz) unsalted butter melted

Cheesecake Filling

  • 600 g (2 ⅔ cups) Philadelphia cream cheese
  • 120 g (1 cups) icing sugar
  • 300 ml (300 ml) double cream / heavy cream
  • 1 zested lemon

Decoration

  • 150 ml (150 ml) double cream
  • 3 passionfruits

Instructions
 

Biscuit Base

  • Break up the biscuits in a food processor, or put them in a plastic sandwich bag and use a rolling pin to break them up.
  • Melt the butter in 10-second bursts in the microwave and mix it into the biscuit crumbs when it's melted.
  • Add the buttery crumbs to the cake tin and press down firmly to compact them into a layer.
  • Leave the base to set in the fridge.

Lemon Cheesecake Filling

  • In a bowl whisk the Philadelphia cream cheese and icing sugar until smooth with an electric hand whisk.
  • Stir in the double cream and lemon zest. Then whisk again until combined and thick.
  • Remove the biscuit base from the fridge and spoon in the creamy filling. Level it out and chill it in the fridge for a few hours or even over night. You could also freeze it for a few hours if you are short on time.

Decoration

  • Using an electric whisk, whip up the double cream until it starts to thicken.
  • Add the double cream to a piping bag with a star nozzle. Pipe the cream around the outside of the cheesecake.
  • Scoop out the passionfruit and drizzle the fruit over the cheesecake. This is best done when you are about to serve.
  • Serve and enjoy. Save any leftovers in the fridge and eat within 3 days.

Notes

Store in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Nutrition

Calories: 560kcalCarbohydrates: 38gProtein: 6gFat: 44gSaturated Fat: 26gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0.4gCholesterol: 120mgSodium: 304mgPotassium: 222mgFiber: 3gSugar: 21gVitamin A: 1809IUVitamin C: 7mgCalcium: 98mgIron: 1mg

Please note that the nutrition information provided above is approximate and meant as a guideline only.

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2 thoughts on “Passionfruit Cheesecake – no bake recipe”

  1. 5 stars
    I love a no bake cheesecake as they’re so easy to make. The flavours of passion fruit and creamy cheesecake worked really well together.

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  2. 5 stars
    The passionfruit is the perfect contrast to the creamy cheesecake. I made this for a family get together and it disappeared very quickly!

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