No bake quark and blackberry swirled cheesecake with blackberry sauce and a giveaway!

by Sunita on September 3, 2010

Yes, the kids have gone back to school. Before we knew it, the six weeks of summer holidays were over, as usual, in the blink of an eye. It is time again for them to settle down into a new class with their new teacher. Rengoni and Agastya went back to school yesterday, apprehensions written large on their faces. But it was nice to see their cheery faces when they came out of school in the evening. The first day in a new class has definitely gone well.


Before I jump to the recipe, let me thank all of you who dropped by , wished the children on their birthdays and also left notes on other posts. I really appreciate it.

I’ve been cooking, in fact quite a lot, both for ourselves as well as for friends. But, at the end of the day, just couldn’t squeeze in the posts as regularly as I would have liked to. Sorry if you’ve had to see the same thing on your screens for ages.

Now, let’s jump to today’s recipe. Blackberrries are growing everywhere these days. So, some gorgeous ones were brought home and some went into this delicious no bake quark and blackberry swirled cheesecake served with blackberry sauce. It is very easy to make, and tastes delightful. We really loved it and hopefully you will too. It requires no special skill, but does need a few hours of chilling time.

What’s needed-

For the base and sides-

10-12 digestive biscuits
2 tblsp of butter, melted

For the blackberry sauce-

300 gms of blackberries
4 tblsp of honey
3 tblsp of water
1/2 tsp of crushed red chilles

For the quark filling-

500 gms of quark
5 tblsp of honey
1 tsp vanilla extract

Others-
4 leaves of gelatin

How to-

  1. Crush the biscuits and mix with the melted butter. Place it in an 8 inch round pan and push the mixture down firmly on the bottom and up the sides. Chill for at least half an hour.
  2. Place all the ingredients for the blackberry sauce in a pan over heat. Simmer over medium heat, stirring frequently, breaking the fruit a little, when soft, for about 10 minutes or till the mixture resembles a chunky sauce. Cool completely.
  3. Soak the gelatin leaves in water till soft.
  4. In a bowl, whisk the ingredients for the quark filling till smooth.
  5. Squeeze the water from the gelatin leaves and place in a small bowl. Place the bowl in the microwave for about 6-8 seconds or till the gelatin has melted completely. This can also be done on a small saucepan over heat.
  6. Pour the liquid gelatin into the quark mixture in a steady stream, and whisk vigorously. Add a couple of tblsp of the blackberry sauce and mix in very roughly. Reserve the rest of the sauce.
  7. Transfer the filling into the chilled case and smooth the top. Chill till set. ( It took about 4-5 hours in our ancient fridge).
  8. Serve chilled with some of the sauce spooned over the slices.

This was just light and lovely, smooth, with the occasional bite from the blackberries and the deep, concentrated flavours from the sauce.

Now, on to the giveaway which is open till the 25th of this month (25th September, 2010)

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{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

1 deeba September 3, 2010 at 10:20 am

Say quark and I’ there. Beautiful cheesecake Sunita… my fave kind! Love the chili in the sauce. I think a US address works with Uprinting. If yes, then count me in!

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2 Sunita September 3, 2010 at 3:01 pm

Thanks Deeba, and yes, US adds work :-)

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3 Margot September 3, 2010 at 10:21 am

Looks truly delicious! :)
I would love to make it recipe of the week if you don’t mind… (just a thumbnail and link to your post on my side bar).

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4 Sunita September 3, 2010 at 3:01 pm

Thanks Margot, and of course, I don’t mind :-)

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5 Juls @ Juls' Kitchen September 3, 2010 at 10:36 am

WOW, Sunita, it’s gorgeous!
I used to love the first day of school, every year it was full of expectations and surprises!

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6 Sunita September 3, 2010 at 3:02 pm

Thanks :-)

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7 Sanjeeta kk September 3, 2010 at 11:37 am

Looks delicious and tempting! I don’t have access to blackberries :( plums will make do :)
Lovely clicks, Sunita.

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8 Sunita September 3, 2010 at 3:02 pm

Sanjeeta, plums will do well :-)

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9 bindiya September 3, 2010 at 11:42 am

The first pic got me drooling like anything, love all unbaked cheesecakes Sunita, can u suggest a sub for blackberries?

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10 Sunita September 3, 2010 at 3:03 pm

Strawberries,raspberries, plums, apricots, endless list :-)

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11 Rosa September 3, 2010 at 12:25 pm

Heavenly! That cheesecake must taste divine.

A great giveaway!

Cheers,

Rosa

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12 Sunita September 3, 2010 at 3:03 pm

Yes Rosa, we did love it a lot;thanks :-)

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13 Sayantani September 3, 2010 at 3:06 pm

I like cheesecakes that are not baked. this one looks delicious sunita. I have one quark recipe from Deeba and a bottle of blackberry preserve in the fridge. will give it a try some time. thanks for sharing another mouth watering recipe from you.

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14 Tanvi September 3, 2010 at 3:12 pm

Such a delish looking cheesecake & what a combo with blackberry sauce!Lovely!
btw..is there a problem with your site..I only see “HOME” in the header menu!Are you aware of this?The other menus like “RECIPE INDEX”,”AWARDS” etc are missing!Or you have changed the design of the site…dunnno!
Or may be something wrong with my mac!!!

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15 sreelu September 3, 2010 at 5:21 pm

Sunitha, such a lovely cheesecake and not does not seem that hard to make. Bookmarked hopefully I get to make it soon.

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16 jaya September 3, 2010 at 5:37 pm

Hi Sunita , recipe is different , chilli is definitely a twist, thanx for sharing.

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17 Meeta September 6, 2010 at 7:37 am

quark is always the perfect way to go with cheesecakes! it’s a german specialty andi’ll have to get my MIL’s recipe to share with you! this looks awesome!

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18 Rosemary@Sprigs of Rosemary September 9, 2010 at 10:30 am

This is a very intersting recipe. I’ll be saving it to try soon. VEry pretty. (Like the chilies with the fruit.)

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19 spice September 13, 2010 at 9:20 pm

looks awesome, specially the color…..count me in for the giveaway.

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