No-bake Pumpkin Cheesecake


This no-bake pumpkin cheesecake is a delicious fall pie. Perfect if you haven't got an oven. But can you wait until the pie is firm?

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No-bake pumpkin cheesecake
Veronique van Ohmydish

Made by Véronique

Published at 2018-10-18, this recipe is for 12 people and takes 1 hour.

Founder of Ohmydish (established 2014). Would happily spend her entire day in the kitchen. Previously worked in the hospitality industry as an independent chef and is ready and willing to help you gain confidence in the kitchen. With her easy-to-follow recipes, helpful tips, and cooking knowledge, you will be making the very tastiest dishes yourself in no time! Véronique's recipes are intended for everyone, from beginners to advanced home cooks.

Updated at: 15-02-2021

1 hour 12 people Pie and cake
No-bake pumpkin cheesecake


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  • 540 gram plain cream cheese
  • 500 gram pumpkin puree
  • 3 star anise
  • 6 cardamom pods
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 200 gram brown caster sugar
  • 150 gram dry cookies (e.g. Maria cookies or graham crackers)
  • 75 gram dairy butter
  • 75 gram sugar
  • 100 gram walnuts
No-bake pumpkin cheesecake ingredients
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Kitchen equipment

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  • medium-sized pan
  • sieve
  • cutting board & chef's knife
  • vegetable peeler
  • spoon
  • optional: mortar
  • spring form
  • blender or ziplock bag + rolling-pin (to crush the cookies)
  • standmixer
  • plate covered with parchment paper
  • small saucepan

No-bake Pumpkin Cheesecake

1 hour 12 people Pie and cake

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Preparation -- 30 minutes

Fill a medium-sized pan with water, star anise and cinnamon stick and bring to a boil. Meanwhile peel the pumpkin, remove the seeds with a spoon and divide into chunks.

Cook the pumpkin pieces for about 15 minutes, exact time depends on the size of the chunks. Remove the cinnamon stick and star anise and create a pumpkin puree.

You can use a sieve or immersion blender for this. Let the puree cool off to at least room temperature. Ground the cardamom seeds using a mortar, or the bottom of a pan.

If you want a cheesecake with more spice, you can also add some extra ground star anise or cinnamon to the puree.  

No-bake pumpkin cheesecake
No-bake pumpkin cheesecake

Finishing the no-bake pumpkin cheesecake -- 30 minutes + waiting time

Melt butter in a small saucepan. Coat a springform with butter and crush the cookies. You can use a blender, or a ziplock bag and rolling-pin to create the cookie crumbs.

Stir the cookie crumbs and melted butter together and create a pie crust on the bottom of the spring form. Stir pumpkin puree, cream cheese, brown caster sugar and ground cardamom until you've reached a smooth mixture.

Divide over the cookie crust and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Meanwhile create the caramelised walnuts. First make sure to have the plate lined with parchment paper ready.

Add sugar to a small saucepan and let it caramelise on low heat, it's important to not stir at all. Coarsely chop the walnuts and add them to the sugar as soon as the sugar has a beautiful caramel color.

Make sure the walnuts are coated completely and immediately transfer them to the plate and let them cool off. As soon as the cheesecake is completely set, you can divide the caramelised walnuts in pieces over the pie. Enjoy!

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