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Vanilla-eggnog cheesecake

BT Toronto | posted Wednesday, Dec 4th, 2013

Vanilla-eggnog cheesecake


  • 1-1/4 cups Honey Maid Graham Crumbs
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 3 pkg. (250 g each) Philadelphia Brick Cream Cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cupplus
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar, divided
  • 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
  • 2 Tbsp. flour
  • 1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg, divided
  • 1/4 cup rum
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream


  1. Heat oven to 350ºF.
  2. Mix graham crumbs and butter; press onto bottom of 9-inch springform pan.
  3. Beat cream cheese and 3/4 cup sugar in large bowl with mixer until blended. Scrape inside of vanilla bean into batter; discard pod. Add flour and 1/4 tsp. nutmeg to cream cheese mixture; mix well. Blend in rum. Add eggs, 1 at a time, mixing on low speed after each just until blended. Pour over crust.
  4. Bake 40 min. or until centre is almost set. Run knife around rim of pan to loosen cake; cool before removing rim. Refrigerate cheesecake 4 hours.
  5. Beat cream and remaining sugar in small bowl with mixer on high speed until stiff peaks form. Use to garnish cheesecake. Sprinkle with remaining nutmeg.

Courtesy Philadelphia Cream Cheese, www.phillycanada.com

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No-bake strawberry Greek yogurt cheesecake

BT Toronto | posted Wednesday, Aug 21st, 2013

A simple, no bake strawberry cheesecake – we’ve made it healthier by using Greek yogurt and only one package of light cream cheese.

No-bake strawberry Greek yogurt cheesecake

Prep Time: 20 minutes | Total Time:  3 hrs 10 min
Makes: 8 servings



  • 1¼ cups (300 mL) graham cracker crumbs
  • ¼ cup (50 mL) margarine or butter, melted


  • 3 tbsp (45 mL) cold water
  • 1 pkg (7 g) unflavoured gelatin
  • 1 pkg (250 g) light cream cheese softened
  • 1 tub (500 mL) strawberry Greek yogurt
  • ½ cup (125 mL) finely chopped strawberries (optional)


  • 1½ cups (375 mL)  quartered strawberries
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) granulated sugar


  1. Heat oven to 350°F (180°C).  Spray bottom of 9-inch (23 cm) pie plate with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Combine crust ingredients and firmly press onto bottom and up sides of pie plate.  Bake 8 minutes.  Cool on wire rack.
  3. In small microwavable measuring cup, add cold water and sprinkle with gelatin; stir and let stand two minutes until gelatin has expanded and solidified.  Microwave on high power 30 to 40 seconds to turn gelatin back to a liquid.
  4. In medium bowl, beat cream cheese on medium speed until light and fluffy.  Add yogurt, dissolved gelatin and chopped strawberries; beat until smooth.
  5. Pour into baked crust.  Refrigerate until set; at least 3 hours.
  6. Prepare strawberry topping by sprinkling sliced strawberries with sugar; let stand 10 minutes.  Serve over sliced cheesecake.

**Vegetarian?  Replace gelatin with agar agar.  Found in most health food and bulk food stores.

Courtesy Yoplait Canada,

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