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Pina Colada No Bake Cheesecake

pineapple Dessert cheesecake  food photoWhat could be better or more delicious than a no bake cheesecake on these hot, humid summer days?  Well actually you do have to bake the crust for 10 minutes, but other than that it’s all in the cooler.

Pina colada is a Spanish phrase meaning “strained pineapple”.  It was always one of my favorite drinks.  I used to drink  frou-frou drinks – strawberry daiquiris , planter’s punch, pina coladas – anything that didn’t taste like liquor.  I say “used to drink” because, while I was really funny when intoxicated, I decided long ago to keep control of my mind.  Probably not as much fun – but I don’t have to wonder what I said the night before, when everyone told me how funny I was and I don’t remember!  The worst was asking what I said.  But I still love the flavors of some of the drinks and this is one of them.  Infusing cream cheese and sugar with coconut cream, crushed pineapple, and dark rum  is my way around this dilemma.

Some technical notes:   Use sweetened crushed pineapple, but it’s okay to used 1/3 less fat cream cheese. Do not use fat free cream cheese.  Dark rum is essential to the taste. I use Meyer’s dark rum.  One package of gelatin equals 2 1/4 teaspoons.  Coconut macaroon cookies can be found in the cookie aisle of grocery stores.  Coconut cream goes by different names in different areas.  In my area we find Coco Lopez.  In any case do not confuse coconut milk with coconut cream.  They are totally different.

One last thing.  Cheesecake pans are different than springform pans.  Please see, Cheesecake Pans for why I recommend them.

Crustpineapple Dessert cheesecake  food photo

7 ounces coconut macaroon cookies (210 grams)
4 tablespoons butter, melted (60 grams or 2 ounces)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray a 9×3 inch cheesecake pan with releasing agent.

Break up the cookies and place in a food processor.  Process until fine crumbs form.  Alternately, place the cookies in a plastic bag and crush them with a rolling pin.

Add the butter and with a large meat fork mix well.  pineapple Dessert cheesecake  food photoPress into the bottom of the pan pineapple Dessert cheesecake  food photoand bake for 10 minutes. pineapple Dessert cheesecake  food photo Cool completely.

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2 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons dark rum
1 tablespoon gelatin
1 1/2 pounds cream cheese, room temperature (680 grams)
1/2 cup sugar (100 grams or 3 1/2 ounces)
8 ounces crushed pineapple, well drained
3 eggs
3/4 cup cream of coconut*
2 teaspoon coconut extract, optional

Combine water and rum.  pineapple Dessert cheesecake  food photoAdd the gelatin; pineapple Dessert cheesecake  food photostir well.  pineapple Dessert cheesecake  food photoSet aside.

Place the cream cheese and sugar in a mixing bowl and beat until smooth. pineapple Dessert cheesecake  food photo Add the pineapple pineapple Dessert cheesecake  food photofollowed by the eggs, pineapple Dessert cheesecake  food photoone at a time.  Scrape often.

Heat the gelatin mix until liquid but do not boil.  Combine the gelatin, cream of coconut and coconut extract if using.  pineapple Dessert cheesecake  food photoWith the mixer running, pour into the cheesecake mixture, mixing well.  pineapple Dessert cheesecake  food photoPour over crust and refrigerate until set, preferably overnight.

Pineapple Glaze – This is optional but really the finishing touch.pineapple Dessert cheesecake  food photo

1 teaspoon gelatin
2 tablespoons lemon juice
8 ounce crushed pineapple with juice
1/4 cup sugar

Dissolve the gelatin in the lemon juice.  pineapple Dessert cheesecake  food photoSet aside.

Process pineapple and its syrup in the food processor. pineapple Dessert cheesecake  food photo It will be slightly chunky.  Place in a saucepan and add the sugar,  gelatin and lemon juice. pineapple Dessert cheesecake  food photo Heat just to boiling.  pour over cheesecake pineapple Dessert cheesecake  food photoand return to refrigerator until set.

See my blog, Removing sides of Cheesecake pan for releasing instructions.

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4 comments to Pina Colada No Bake Cheesecake

  • Vera Parker

    Is there a missing ingredient? Third item on the list of ingredients indicates “One tablespoon” but does not list an ingredient.

    • Helen S. Fletcher

      Thanks Vera. It should be gelatin as that is what sets this since it is not baked. Hope you enjoy this.

  • Deb C.

    Hi Helen, I thought you might like to hear that I took a tart version of this recipe to share at work last Friday, and received many positive compliments on it! (With all of the other food that was going to be there and everyone watching their weight, I thought a smaller tart piece would be more likely taken than a larger cheesecake piece…) I used the same crust but pressed it into a tart pan. Then I cut the cheesecake ingredients down to about 1/3 of those given, and it filled the tart just about perfectly. I garnished with some berries and a chocolate drizzle rather than the pineapple glaze (cause I ran out of time!), but it still looked pretty and appetizing. The hair dryer trick really works! Sweet! The rum flavor is really nice in this – it really makes you think of a pina colada! Thanks for another great recipe! Deb

    • Helen S. Fletcher

      What a great idea Deb. Thanks so much for sharing. That’s the really neat thing about food – you can make it your own and share.
      I like your creativity.