As you probably already know, I’m pretty terrible at cooking, baking and generally making…anything. But, I have a secret weapon that I bring out for dinner parties so that people don’t think I’m a complete no-hoper in the kitchen…and that’s my dairy free Lotus biscuit no-bake cheesecake.
I was originally inspired by a pretty picture I saw on Pinterest of a cheesecake adorned with Lotus biscuits, and I really wanted to give it a try – except this particular recipe had more dairy than a farm of cows. So, I set about sourcing some ingredients myself to substitute the originals with.
I first cut out dairy about two years ago, and it’s been a learning curve – there are so many things that contain dairy that you wouldn’t imagine (roast chicken crisps I’m looking at you), but other things you’d expect to be full of milky products that aren’t (bourbon biscuits are a good example – a chocolate biscuit filled with chocolate cream, but NO dairy!)
Anyway, I digress. Here are the ingredients I used to make the cheesecake.
- 255g Tesco free from soft cheese
- 75g essential Waitrose digestive biscuits
- 75g Lotus Biscoff biscuits
- 50g icing sugar
- 150g Lotus Biscoff spread
- 1tsp vanilla extract
- a splash of dairy free cream substitute (I used Oatily single cream this time but usually use the Alpro soya cream version).
- 75g dairy free butter/spread
Because I was only making a small cheesecake, I used a 6″ tin, but to serve more I’d suggest an 8″ tin and adjust the ingredients accordingly.
1. Melt the butter so it’s in liquid form, then blitz the biscuits in a food processor until they’re a fine crumb, and mix together. Press down into the base of the tin and set aside (I usually chill mine in the fridge for a few minutes).
2. With an electric mixer, mix the cream cheese, icing sugar, vanilla extract and Biscoff spread until smooth. At this stage you can also add anything else you’d like to include. I added a tablespoon of peanut butter because this cheesecake is very sweet, and this just gave it a slightly saltier taste.
Then add in the cream and whisk until the mixture thickens. (You really do only need a splash of the cream because it’s quite runny – to be honest you could probably leave it out and it wouldn’t impact on the overall result!)
3. Spread the mixture evenly over the biscuits, and put in the fridge to chill for several hours. (If you’re in a rush you can speed the process up by putting it in the freezer first!)
4. Once the cheesecake has set, it’s up to you how you decorate it. Because I don’t like it too sweet, I just crush up a couple of extra Lotus biscuits and sprinkle on top, but you could melt some Biscoff spread and drizzle it, or use whole biscuits to embellish – it’s up to you.
5. EAT! (And try to remember to share…)