Stress plus Cheese equals?

It was the stress that drove me to it. My facial therapist commented that I have these really knotty stress knobs around the area between the base of my neck and my shoulders. The more stressed up someone is, the knottier the knobs are, it seems.

Well, oookay…stress AND craving for cheesecake made me do it. It had been ages since I made cheesecake and I thought why not? I used to make a similar non-bake cheesecake years ago, and since I recently stumbled on this Philly non-bake lemon cheesecake recipe, I decided to give it a go last Friday. I love it because it is so simple and easy to make and also, cos I didn’t need to turn on the oven. Plus it is extremely comforting to stuff myself with it and (hopefully) reduce the level of stress. Heh.

When I opened up the packets of Philadelphia cream cheese, lo and behold, I discovered that the recipe is actually contained in the box cover itself. There was also a recipe for dark chocolate cheese cake, which I might try at a later date. Y-U-M.

Philly Non-Bake Lemon Cheese Cake

1 cup sweet biscuit crumbs (I have always ever used McVitie’s digestive biscuits, so that’s what I used this time round too)
1/2 cup butter, melted
2 x 250g Philadelphia brand cream cheese, softened at room temperature
2 teaspoons gelatine dissolved in 1/4 cup boiling water
1 x 400 g can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup lemon juice
2 tablespoons grated lemon rind


  • Mix biscuit crumbs with melted butter and press into base of a 20cm springform pan. Chill. (I missed the part about the springform pan, so I used an ordinary pie/cake pan instead)
  • Beat the cream cheese with an electric beater until smooth, mix in gelatine mixture, condensed milk, lemon juice and rind.
  • Pour onto crumb base and chill in refrigerator (2-3 hours or overnight).
  • Top with a selection of fresh fruits and serve. Serves 8. (I used strawberries, simply because I have never topped my lemon cheesecake with strawberries before, and also cos I think red juicy strawberries look delish on top of lemon cheesecake, no?)

Tip: 1 cup biscuit crumbs equals approximately 10 sweet biscuits crushed. (with the Mcvitie’s digestives, it’s about 5-6 pieces)

Because I didn’t use a springform pan it was rather difficult to cut up that first piece of cake into a nice little slice, but it still tasted divine. I should rename the recipe to Lemon Crumble cheesecake or something, eh? Had a slight sore throat after downing the cake, and hubby thinks it’s the cheesecake, but I beg to differ….although I am taking it easy with the helpings now. Hehehe… The strawberries taste sublime with a dollop of that cream, though.

I wonder if Andie wants to trade a slice of her peach cheesecake with mine?

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26 Responses to Stress plus Cheese equals?

  1. parisb says:

    Truly sublime! I’m not a very cheesecake person but heck! Now you got me craving a slice! 😛

    The Giddy Tigress says: So did ya get that slice you craved for? Otherwise..come to Penang la!

  2. rinnah says:

    Oh! I’ve always wanted to try making a non-bake cheesecake! But I don’t possess an electric beater wor… How?

    The cake looks absolutely yummilicious though! Save me a piece!

    The Giddy Tigress says: Wanna borrow mine? Well, actually not a good idea cos mine is rather old too…I wanna get a new one! Shall we start shopping for one? Come Come…. *offers a slice to Rinnah*

  3. ehon says:

    omg!! i’d jump into my monitor to have a slice of that right now. i normally just use thickened cream, cream cheese, sugar, and blueberry jam. that’s it. easy. 😀

    The Giddy Tigress says: Hehe…hope your monitor didn’t break…..And ooh…your recipe for blueberry cheesecake (which is one of my favorites too) sound so simple to make! Bet it must be yummy too!

  4. Sue says:

    Ooooooooo…one slice or maybe two or three for me…..

    The Giddy Tigress says: As long as it is still in my fridge, you are welcome to come and geddit!!!

  5. YUUMMMY!! I never make one with the cookie crumbs as base. I will try later this week. (ps. I stole the sponge cake from my shop)

    I use whipping cream with cream cheese. And use thick plastic instead of spring pan. Everytime I tried using spring pan, my cake came out disastrously .. LOL.

    Well done!

    The Giddy Tigress says: I love the cookie crumb base…gives it the oomph it needs! 🙂

  6. LB says:

    I come knocking on your door, with a big big Ah Boy kinda Bling Bling Bowl… Any chance there’s a morsel left? No? Dang! I knew it!

    The Giddy Tigress says: Got got…*goes and cuts LB a slice*

  7. LB says:

    *camps outside till the next Cheesecake*

    The Giddy Tigress says: Still waiting ah? Hang on….I go and decorate it first….decorate nicely for you…

  8. Jemima says:

    One Philly Non-Bake Lemon Cheese Cake, please. *salivates*

    In return, I’ll take you for a ride in my wheels. 😉

    The Giddy Tigress says: Wow…that offer is just too hard to refuse…. *brings cheesecake on plate for Jem and hops into CRV, buckles up and ready to go!*

  9. LB says:

    *still camped out*

    The Giddy Tigress says: Aiyo…poor thing….hope you have lots of warm clothing…. *cheesecake coming up*

  10. LB says:

    So cold out here…

    The Giddy Tigress says: Here, here…hope this will warm you up. It’s fresh from the fridge though…see? I managed to cut it into a nice slice already…

  11. iamthewitch says:

    wow.. looks totally delicious!! I didn’t know cakes can be un-baked! 😛 I would love to try it out 🙂

    The Giddy Tigress says: Yes, now you know. Do try it out and let me know how that turns out.

  12. Pink Cotton says:


    ok i will come to ur blog the next time my hand itches to make a cheese cake..hehe

    so how do u feel after a slice of the cheese cake? 🙂

    The Giddy Tigress says: It was sinful, but yet made me want more…. you know the feeling, right?

  13. simon says:

    looks so yummy and sinful… i looove cheesecake!

    The Giddy Tigress says: Yep, me too!

  14. =P~ That really looks delicious. Can i have a bite? 😀

    The Giddy Tigress says: Help yourself…hopefully LB doesn’t finish it all!

  15. This recipe is just right for me. Cause i really love making cakes. 😀 I’ll try making this tonight.

    The Giddy Tigress says: Cool! How did it turn out?

  16. I really wanted to try baking. But, since I don’t have an oven. I couldn’t even make a chiffon cake. But, with this recipe. I can make a cake. Cause it doesn’t require an oven to make it. 🙂 nice post.

    The Giddy Tigress says: Let me know how that turns out. I would love to see pictures.

  17. Paik Ling says:

    SLURPS!!!!!! I miss my baking days……

    The Giddy Tigress says: You can reignite them anytime you want…craving for some cheesecake?

  18. jacss says:

    it looks so drooolling…………..i love cheese cake so much but just too lazzy to bake one !!!

    The Giddy Tigress says: With this recipe, you don’t need to bake! Just beat, mix, pour and chill!!

  19. wen says:

    i suddenly hv the urge to bake now cause it looks yummy!!! but then why so creamy one, not hard one?

    The Giddy Tigress says: You should try it!! It’s addictive!! Errrm…that first picture was slightly melting cos I didn’t wait long enough for it to harden before cutting 😛 Too kan cheong to take photo and to eat ma. The later ones came out perfectly in beautiful slices 🙂

  20. Chen says:

    Looks so yummy, and tempting 🙂

    i love cheese cake but just too lazy to bake one..
    will take the easy way out..
    buy from bakery shop 🙂

    The Giddy Tigress says: Will you buy one slice for me too? *waits*

  21. trinity says:

    oh well… you are so good…. so melts… so yummy… oh my cheesecake…

    The Giddy Tigress says: Hope you didn’t end up licking your computer screen!

  22. keeyit says:

    My facial therapist said the same thing to me and everytime I went to the facial, she will massage my neck and my shoulders to help to relief the stress.. I guess that is due to always work infront of the computer..

    The Giddy Tigress says: I guess working in front of the computer is one of the reasons…there are others of course. But it really feels much better after the massage, yes?

  23. mistipurple says:

    lol at albie waiting outside door, hahah.
    forgot wat i wanna say liao.
    oh, anymore cheesecake?
    no hor?
    ya, expected.
    albie tapau-ed back to italia.

    The Giddy Tigress says: LB finished it off liao, sorry….got some strawberries left. You want?

  24. Hey I am feeling a little stressed too! 😛

    Will give hugs for cheesecake!

    The Giddy Tigress says: Really? How many? When can I chup?!

  25. LB says:

    Yum yum!!! I knew all that camping outside would pay dividends eventually.. 🙂

    The Giddy Tigress says: Hope you enjoyed every morsel! Good things come to those who wait, yes?

  26. kyh says:

    Feed me! Feed me! I love cheesecakes! I mean… anything that has cheese on it! 😀

    *takes a second look*

    My my… look at that melting cheezzzzzzzzz!

    The Giddy Tigress says: No more liao wor…Anything cheese? Cheddar cheese in my fridge, can?

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