No bake hazelnut,lemon and mascarpone cheesecake

by Sunita on September 18, 2009

Didn’t I tell you in my last post that I would share any recipe I made up with the low fat lemon curd? Well, I managed to save a few teaspoons of the lemon curd and made a delicious dessert. I was actually heading for the oven, but decided to make a no bake cheesecake instead. I named it hazelnut, lemon and mascarpone cheesecake. I know, it’s quite a long name, and more like an ingredients list ! But, then, each of the  names mentioned played their part, and I felt it would be “unfair” to leave out any of them.

The nuts went into the crust and also added a crunch as a  topping. The lemon curd mingled with the mascarpone to become a smooth and thick filling, with an ever so refreshing citrusy tang. A little lemon zest on top added the final touch. This is one of those desserts that made us, especially Dinesh, go “mmmm” and “yummm” quite a lot. And mind you, that is a very rare phenomenon.

I just made 2 small cheesecakes, and they were enough to satisfy our after dinner sweet cravings. After all, didn’t someone say that all good things come in small sizes?

Now, here’s how I made them-

What’s needed-

For the crust-

4 digestive biscuits ( I used McVities)
1 tblsp dark brown sugar
1 tblsp butter
1/5 C of hazelnuts

For the filling-

3 tblsp of mascarpone cheese
5 tsp of low fat lemon curd( recipe here)

For the topping-

a few lightly toasted and roughly chopped hazelnuts
a little lemon zest

How to-

  1. Pulse together all the ingredients for the crust till lumpy. Divide the mixture between two 5 inch diameter tart cases. Press the mixture firmly down the bottom and up the sides of the cases. Chill the cases for an hour.
  2. Mix together the mascarpone and low fat lemon curd. Spoon or pipe the filling equally onto the crust. Chill for at least half an hour .
  3. Just before serving, top with the toasted and roughly chopped hazelnuts and the lemon zest.

That’s it! Wasn’t that easy? And yes, we can vouch for the deliciousness for this dessert. We should know, we licked every bit off our forks ;-)

Have a great weekend everyone!

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{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Nirmala September 18, 2009 at 7:06 am

mmmm its lovely. Will the tart shell stay firm just by chilling ? They look delightfully yummy!

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2 Sunita September 18, 2009 at 8:07 am

Nirmala, yes. Of course, it won’t be as hard as rock, but will hold it’s shape :-)

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3 Karine September 18, 2009 at 9:08 am

Your cheesecake sounds so delicious! I have never had a cheesecake made with mascapone… interesting!

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4 Rosa September 18, 2009 at 9:35 am

Oh, yummy! Those tartlets are wonderful! I love that delightful and creamy filling!

Cheers,

Rosa

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5 CurryLeaf September 18, 2009 at 11:03 am

Wow,looks great.The recipe is quick and simple but delectable

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6 sra September 18, 2009 at 11:56 am

These have been tempting me from the morning, even though I’m the one at home who doesn’t like lemon curd v much.

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7 Sunita September 18, 2009 at 12:45 pm

Sra, I wasn’t a fan of lemon curd too, but loved the lighter version.

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8 Lakshmi September 18, 2009 at 1:06 pm

Looks so colorful…perfect for the fall season.
Will try this soon.

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9 Bong Mom September 18, 2009 at 1:56 pm

I have never tried lemon curd, but these look so good, that I am sure we would love it

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10 Sunita September 23, 2009 at 12:39 pm

I’m sure you will :-)

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11 lissie September 18, 2009 at 1:58 pm

awesome recipe! so simple and easy to make… they look so yummy!!!

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12 PARI September 18, 2009 at 2:13 pm

Hi Dear. I have never tried a cheese cake with mascarpone. Sounds and looks very interesting.

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13 Parita September 18, 2009 at 3:01 pm

So simple and delicious!

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14 Priya September 18, 2009 at 4:12 pm

Wow, this looks delicious. The only thing that puts me off the lemon curd are the eggs in it (I normally eat eggs, but somehow the smell of it in the curd puts me off). I’ll have to try some other way of thickening it – maybe cornstarch or something and then try this recipe. Thankyou for sharing the recipe and the pictures are just mouthwatering!

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15 Jyoti September 18, 2009 at 4:50 pm

Love these simple and delicious recipes. These look so delicious!

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16 Kitchen Butterfly September 18, 2009 at 8:26 pm

You… oh. I might make something similar this weekend, with filling of chili chocolate orange for think spice! Lets see if time and tide wait for me!

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17 musical September 20, 2009 at 3:28 am

What.a.recipe! The last picture says it all!

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18 Khaugiri September 20, 2009 at 4:10 am

Yummmmm one for me please……………………..

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19 Sudeshna September 20, 2009 at 4:41 am

This looks so yummy. Need to search for some mascarpone cheese the next time I go to the store. Does the tarts come out of its own from the cases?

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20 Soma September 20, 2009 at 7:01 pm

I detest the regular form of cheesecakes:-( But what you have done here is sure to become my favorite! I love mascarpone, hazelnut & the lemon.. Sunita I am so wanting this right now.. it is like I can almost taste it:-D & lick it all up.

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21 Happy Cook September 23, 2009 at 7:49 am

I am not a huge fan of cheese cake, this one looks really yumm, maybe it is the lemone cud :-)

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22 Kaleido September 25, 2009 at 1:09 pm

Yum! This looks delicious. I can’t wait to try it. Thanks for sharing!

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23 Gala October 8, 2009 at 10:22 pm

yum all ingredients sound amazing together….and the presentation is great!

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24 Glenys February 5, 2010 at 1:58 am

Hi
Wondering ok to make this in a large cheescake dish, what quantities for the filling pls
Thanks

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