Cherry Cheesecake

September 11, 2018mayurisjikoni



What is the A- Z Challenge? Well, we’re a Facebook group and every alternate month the participants make a dish with the  relevant letter. The group was started in May 2018 by Jolly Makkar and Vidya Narayan.  For September we have to post a recipe with the letter C. The star ingredient for the dish should begin with C. I must admit that when I was in Montreal, hubby and I enjoyed all the berries that were in full season. We also had loads of succulent, ruby red, sweet cherries. So cherries is what I used for this theme.

I usually cannot plan well ahead for any of the group events that I’m a member of but this recipe was different. Hubby and son were complaining that this time round I had not made any dessert, didn’t even make my son’s favorite Shrikhand. Just when a week was left before we flew back home, me all emotional and already missing my son and not liking the long distance in between thought of making some dessert. I had to use the loads of cherries that hubby and I had bought from the Jean Talon Market; by the way that’s my favorite place in Montreal, so colorful and full of life and produces that would make any food bloggers eyes pop out.

Making this dessert in Montreal was an absolute breeze. I actually spent more time deciding which cookies I should use and do I need the 2% or 3% whipping cream than on the actual preparation time. Can you believe it that here in Mombasa I find making dessert now a chore as we don’t get fresh cream and when we do it has turned all sour because most supermarkets or stores have a very poor refrigeration system. That’s money down the drain!

Anyway coming back to the simple to make yet absolutely delicious dessert, pitting the cherries was a job. If you’ve got a helpful hubby or family get them to pit the cherries. I purposely didn’t give that task to hubby as there would have been more cherries in his stomach than in the bowl!

Now, lets get to the recipe.

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Makes 4

For the crumb layer or base:

1½ cups cookie crumbs – you can use digestives, oat cookies or any cookies with a coarse crumb

2 tbsp butter, melted

For the cheesecake:

1 cup cream cheese

1 cup whipping cream

⅓ cup icing or powdered sugar

1 tsp lemon zest

1 tsp lemon juice

For the topping:

2 cups cherries, pitted

2 tbsp water

2 tbsp sugar

2 tsp cornflour (cornstarch)


Preparation of the crumb layer:

  1. Take which ever cookies you are using and put them in a ziploc bag and using a rolling pin crush them into a coarse crumb or process them in a food processor. I used coconut oat cookies.
  2. Add the melted butter to the crumbs and mix well.
  3. Divide the crumb equally between four individual serving bowls or glasses.
  4. Lightly press it down using a spoon. Don’t make it too compact.


Preparation of the cheesecake layer:

  1. Whip the whipping cream till it forms soft peaks.
  2. Add sugar to the cream cheese and whip it till it becomes smooth.
  3. Add the lemon juice and zest and give it a whip.
  4. Add the whipped cream and whip to mix.
  5. Spoon the cheesecake into the glasses or bowls in which you’ve already made a layer of the crumbs.
  6. Cover the bowls or glasses with cling film or small lids and let it set in the fridge for at least 4 hours.


Preparation of the topping:

  1. Add all the ingredients into a heavy bottom saucepan.
  2. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat.
  3. Let it boil for 3 minutes, stirring it frequently so that the mixture does not stick to the bottom of the pan.
  4. Reduce the heat and let it simmer for another 2-3 minutes or till the mixture thickens slightly and the cherries are soft.
  5. Take the pan off the heat. Remove the compote from the pan into a bowl.
  6. Let it cool down completely.


To serve:

Top the cheesecake with the cherry compote.

Decorate with some sliced nuts or grated chocolate or sprinkle some lemon zest over it and serve.



  • The number of cookies required will depend on the size of the cookies. That is why I gave the cup measurement. However, how thick or thin you would like the crumb layer depends on you.
  • Replace the cherries with other fresh fruits like strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, plums etc
  • I usually don’t like to add too much sugar to desserts. Add sugar according to your taste.


A little request:

If you do try this recipe then please either

  • add a comment below,
  • send a picture to my email
  •  tag me as #mayuri_jikoni on Instagram
  • or tag me on Twitter as #Mayuri1962


You may want to check out the following cherry recipes:

Blog post
Cherry Cobbler Parfait


Baked Bread Pudding


Black Forest Trifle


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  • Jayeeta

    September 12, 2018 at 9:53 am

    I just love cheesecakes. Your no-baked version is simple and forcing me to make it as soon as possible 🙂
    Vibrant cherry topping looks tempting…..yumm

    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 12, 2018 at 11:03 pm

      Thank you so much Jayeeta.

  • The Girl Next Door

    September 13, 2018 at 8:47 am

    Ooooh, I’m drooling! These dessert cups look so tempting!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 13, 2018 at 7:09 pm

      Thank you so much Priya.

  • Seema Doraiswamy Sriram

    September 14, 2018 at 2:21 pm

    I love individual servings of cheese cakes so I dont have to Share….OOOOO cherry cheese cake.. should i say triple C!!!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 14, 2018 at 4:41 pm

      Thanks Seema, yes its a triple C recipe.

  • Priya Suresh

    September 15, 2018 at 11:10 pm

    Just prefect to enjoy cheesecake this way, this single serving dessert will definitely anyone’s tastebuds easily after a heavy meal. Super like. Droolworthy dessert.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 16, 2018 at 9:27 pm

      Thank you so much Priya.

  • Paarul

    September 16, 2018 at 4:32 am

    The no bake cheese cake looks delish! Wish i could take one glass right now.Lovely share

    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 16, 2018 at 9:25 pm

      Thank you so much Paarul.

  • Vidya Narayan

    September 17, 2018 at 4:21 am

    I am already loving Montreal with your description and not to forget, those ruby red cherries seen here. Cherries have disappeared from the market here now and I can imagine how this would have tasted with all the beautiful layers I see here. Perfect deconstructed Cheesecake so beautifully done in a glass. Apt way to serve guests during parties or brunches.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 17, 2018 at 11:06 pm

      Thank you so much Vidya… when cherry season returns try it, its pure indulgence.

  • Renu Agrawal Dongre

    September 17, 2018 at 5:36 pm

    Such a simple yet so inviting dessert. Love the way they are served in individual portions. Yum

    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 17, 2018 at 8:21 pm

      Thanks Renu.

  • Batter Up With Sujata

    September 17, 2018 at 7:30 pm

    Cherry cheesecake looks beautiful and mouthwatering. I can imagine the heavenly taste. Drool worthy share.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 17, 2018 at 8:20 pm

      Thank you so much Sujata.

  • Geetha Priyanka

    September 17, 2018 at 8:27 pm

    How beautiful and vibrant this cheesecake looks. That’s too fresh cherries is like icing on a cake, Yum Yum!!! wish I could grab a glass. Fabulous clicks.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 17, 2018 at 11:00 pm

      Thank you so much Geetha. Would have shared it with you if you’d been nearby 🙂

  • Anshu Agarwal

    September 20, 2018 at 11:15 pm

    I am drooling over this. Love these type of deserts. lovely recipe !!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 21, 2018 at 3:58 pm

      Thank you Anshu.

  • Shobha Keshwani

    September 21, 2018 at 7:40 am

    Lovely and attractive dessert.. Easy one too.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 21, 2018 at 3:57 pm

      Thank you so much Shobha.

  • Jolly

    September 21, 2018 at 9:03 am

    WoW, i’m drooling over here. I love cheesecake, It looks so delicious and yummy. Perfect dessert for me.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 21, 2018 at 3:57 pm

      Thanks Jolly.

  • code2cook

    September 25, 2018 at 3:05 am

    I am in love with this dessert since the time I saw it first time. Looking so refreshing and having it chilled surely mouthwatering. Loved it

    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 29, 2018 at 11:05 am

      Thank you so much Bhawana.

  • Sandhya Ramakrishnan

    September 26, 2018 at 1:49 am

    That layered cheese cake is just calling my name and I love what you have chosen to make for the alphabet C. SO colorful and the single serve desserts are perfect for gatherings.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 29, 2018 at 11:03 am

      Thanks Sandhya… wish I could have shared it with you. Even for family I prefer making portion controlled desserts.

  • Malini

    September 26, 2018 at 8:59 am

    Oh my gosh! This one is worth drooling. I am a big fan of cheese cakes. It looks awesome and one glass is so perfect for my dessert cravings with those fresh cherries on top.. I just lost words now.. 🙂 Lovely capture. 🙂

    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 29, 2018 at 11:01 am

      Thank you so much Malini.. yes cheesecakes are just too tempting.

  • Aruna

    September 26, 2018 at 6:24 pm

    I like these deconstructed cheesecakes. They are much easier to make and help portion control; though one that looks as tempting as this challenges the willpower.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 29, 2018 at 11:00 am

      Thanks Aruna, it definitely challenges the willpower, that’s why I like making individual portions where I can control the amount of of cream cheese and cream.

  • veena

    September 30, 2018 at 6:14 pm

    I am in love with these shot glass desserts. Looks very delicious. Innovative recipe Mayuri

    1. mayurisjikoni

      October 3, 2018 at 8:25 pm

      Thank you so much Veena.

  • poonampagar

    October 22, 2018 at 5:57 pm

    I am drooling over this no bake triple C dessert di ! Individual layered cups look absolutely delish !

    1. mayurisjikoni

      October 22, 2018 at 10:05 pm

      Thank you so much Poonam.

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