Friday, August 7, 2009

No-Bake Mirrored Mango Cheese Cake (eggless) …with the goodness of Goji Berries.

Aaaah yes I love mangoes….and I hate it that it’s the tail end of this wondrous luscious’ fruit season here. I have pureed two whole jars of mango and frozen it for…err…a rainy day (in the kitchen). ;p

I love the fruit in its full glory, nevertheless I also like to present its versatility in all forms- shakes, smoothies, ice-cream, mousse, frozen desserts, cakes and currently cheese cake!

My readers would know I am an incorrigible fruit-dessert person of the first order.
Check out the archives at Zaayeka to know more about dragon fruits, persimmons, walnuts, bananas, strawberries, almonds, chikoos, and what not you can do with them!

This cheese cake wasn’t a result of an idle summer afternoon, to while away time in the kitchen…but a carefully thought out plan to create yet another magic with mango.

I just had to make something delectably rich yet light and almost decandent in taste, a spoonful of which melted in the mouth to release just a monosyllable….mmmm !!

I was scouting for a good mousse cake recipe but almost all had egg whites which went uncooked. Somehow I am averse to the idea of uncooked eggs in my dish. So I settled for the no-bake idiot-proof cheesecake instead.

When searching for a recipe I generally review quite a few before I start in the kitchen. More often than not the recipe I use in the end is not a replica of any one recipe but is inspired by two or more recipes give or take a few changes here and there to suit the tastes, ofcourse all in my head! I take the risk, try it in my ‘lab’ (read kitchen) and not to boast but 8 out of 10 times it’s a success. Only then do I post it for the world here.

(And you thought food blogging was easy!!) :p

This recipe I discuss here does not use store bought Philadelphia cream cheese. (I import mine so have saved it for less glorious fruits. A mango can carry the dessert on its own shoulders unaided.) ;p
I made my cheese at home using whole milk. I used one litre of milk to make the cream/curd cheese. It is not mascarpone or quark or greek yogurt or hung curd for that matter but very similar though in terms of the making process and subtly differs from them in textures and taste.

The only thing that was store bought was 25% Low Fat whipping cream.
(Well technically….. I already had that in my fridge, I always keep a one litre pack at hand. Call it hazards of being a foodie.)

It was all good…till I opened my fridge door rather hard resulting in a packet of goji berries falling off the door rack (which I bought from a local while trekking in the Genting hills)….ok so they wanted to go in too.. added them to it.
Turning it into a ‘tasty’ and ‘healthy’ treat!!

Then went a step further to try and mirror it...for 'glamour' (chuckle). I know this reads more like a fashion blog than a food one. C'mon even foods need to sit pretty.

My first foray into "mirror-ing" was not a grand success though.
Used a little mango juice & gelatin, it set well but I had pressed cling foil on top to avoid forming crystals when in the fridge,which resulted in an uneven edge to the mirror. :(

Nevertheless I ate all the uneven-edged slices myself so what was served on the platter to the hub and the guests was smooth looking savvy mirrored cheese cake.

Mirrored Mango Cheese Cake …with the goodness of Goji Berries
(This recipe makes a 6x4 inch square cheese cake. )


1 litre full fat/whole milk
1 tsp citric acid
1/2 cup warm water
2 mangoes- peeled,cored and pureed
1 cup low fat cream
3/4 cup castor sugar (adjust according to sweetness of mangoes)
2 tbsp chopped goji berries (optional)
10-12 graham crackers/digestive buiscuits, crushed
1 tbsp butter at room temperature
1 tsp gelatin
2 tbsp water
5 tbsp mango juice
a dash of lemon juice


Mix the crushed biscuits with the butter. (I added a little cocoa powder too but it can conviniently be skipped.)
In a greased tin foil or spring-form pan (I didn't have a springform pan, so I used a regular tin foil) spread the buiscuit mixture. Press to form a firm base.
Leave to set/harden in the freezer.

Put the milk to boil in a thick bottomed pan.
When it comes to a boil, remove from the flame and keep aside for a few minutes.
In another bowl, mix the citric acid crystals with the warm water.
Pour this mixture into the hot milk and allow to stand for about 5 minutes till the milk curdles on its own. Stir gently if required.
Strain this mixture using a muslin cloth/cheese cloth (double layered).
Hang it for 2 hours in the fridge, with a cup below it to collect the whey.

Now, liquidize the prepared cream cheese, sugar, mango puree in a blender.
Whip the crean till soft peaks form and ever so slightly fold in the cream cheese-mango mix.
Add the chopped berries at this point. Cool.
Pour this over the biscuit base. Leave to set in the fridge, for atleast an hour or two.

For the mirror, put 1 tsp of the gelatin in 2 tbsp of water to bloom.
Heat this over low flame till all the gelatin dissolves. Quickly add the mango juice and the lemon juice. Stir continuously to avoid forming lumps.
Pour this over the set cheesecake. Tap the tin foil/pan to eliminate the bubbles.
Allow to set in fridge overnight.
When serving dip your knife in hot water to cut smooth slices. Enjoy!!!


  1. Oh ! I love cheesecakes. This mango chessecake looks mouthwatering and yummy ...Nice clicks, dear.

  2. an eggless mango delight!!! i am always in ;)

  3. So great to "see" you and a new blog post! Mangos are one of my favorite fruits (next to pomelo and coconut). this looks sooo fabulous! Hope you're keeping well, hon. xo

  4. I love the fact that the goji berries fell off the door rack and thus ended up in the cheesecake - that is indeed sometimes how recipes happen :)

  5. Lovely dessert. What a great way of using delicious mangos! You know I am like you in taking inspiration from more than one recipe. Thanks for sharing.

  6. How are you now? Its good to see some post here. And thank you so much to post this one, a cheesecake without baking. I just loved this recipe. Yeh, even am averse to this uncooked egg thing, so if you get a good mousse recipe withpout that uncooked egg, please do let me know. I'll prepare it soon and let you know how it turned up in my kitchen :)

  7. favorite fruit!!! In a cheesecake? wow, it must be heavenly!!!

  8. Oh wow. Looks lovely! Very innovative recipe, I might add. I have goji in my soups but never in my cakes. This is something new :)

  9. I love mangoes too and this looks absolutely mouth-watering! Love the addition of goji berries.

  10. Yummy mango cheesecake, just tempting me!

  11. This cheesecake sounds delicious! I love that it is eggless and the addition of Goji berries, yum!

  12. Hello, my dear! I don't know if my comment went through yesterday or not...if not, I just wanted to let you know I was here and happy to see your post! I love, love mangoes (and also cheesecake)! And this sounds like something I'd really like to make. :)

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  14. What a great dessert. I love mangoes. Great pictures.

  15. Ooh, totally love mango desserts! Looks yummy :)

  16. Hi Navita,
    Thanks for stopping by my site. I am glad to have found yours. Mangoes are also a favourite of mine and I love cheesecake! Your site is full of original recipes and I can't wait to try some.

  17. Mango cheesecake sounds wonderful. YUM.

  18. Cheesecake looks delicious, m glad its eggless, i am always in search of good eggless recipes :)

  19. This looks gorgeous.....I simply love cheese cakes as they dont require major baking ;)

  20. That looks so delicious - I love mangoes too, and thanks for sharing the method of making the creamy cheese, will have to try it.

    Not too sure about Goji berries though - when we were kids, my mum made us soup with Goji berries in it, supposedly good for our eyes - we used to hate it! ;P

  21. You had me at 'no-bake' :D looks lovely!

  22. Hi, first time on ure blog, nice collection of recipe. The mango cheesecake looks yummy.

  23. MMMmmmmmmmmmm. I love mangoes too. This cheesecake must be delicious.

    thank you very much for your nice comment on my mallows. ;-)

  24. Your mango cheesecake looks utterly delicious!

  25. Delicious Cheesecake navita!
    got something in my blog for You!

  26. Yummy tempting cheese cake. I love mangoes and I am sure this would have tasted awesome

  27. This dessert looks delicious! I love mangoes too, and think they make the best desserts ever!

  28. How have you been? I've missed you so much.. .goodness so glad I found your RSS feed again... I had accidently deleted all my friends, family.. and am slowly adding them back in = )

  29. Great choice with this cheesecake ... looks irresistible. And I love the green scarf you used in your photographs!


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