the actual fact that it is a cheesecake is an utter coincidence. i don’t have an oven, you see, so i was scouting for things i could do that did not involve baking. not like i’m absolutely crazy about sieving flour and measuring cups and all that ding dongs anyway. so when a chilled no-bake cheesecake came frolicking across my google search, i was happy to report that this would do. the very fact that it is a cheesecake is, in fact, a bonus.
that would be my first attempt which, despite the jaggard edges of the biscuit crust (i was going for the whole pie concept, can you tell?), did not taste all that terrible. in fact, if you are into the whole masam manis thing, it was quite enjoyable. i put real lemon juice in it, so the sour flavour really came out with the cream cheese.
guinea pigs taste testers gave me some pretty interesting suggestions and two attempts later, voila! this is the cheesecake that made it to the lunch table on raya day itself:
this one is an orange cheesecake, made with orange juice i squeezed myself, and pulps! okay, you can’t exactly see the pulps because i sorta blended the thing with the batter and i think it disintegrated somewhere along the way. but the orange lent a nice mild flavour to the cheese. not strong like the lemon, so you can still taste the cream cheese in this one.
of course, the test of a chilled no-bake cheesecake is all in the cut and i am happy to say that this baby was successfully sliced in nice wedges. here’s to adding a touch of homemade love to raya this year :)