Summer desserts aren’t much better than this incredibly easy Italian lemon cheesecake. You'll be living la dolce vita like a forkful of sunshine, just one mouthful of no bake Limoncello cheesecake!
Products you need for this recipe
- Limoncello liqueur – this stuff tastes like an Italian dream. It’s the star of this recipe
- 23cm (9 inch) springform pan – an essential part of every cheesecake maker’s arsenal. This is the ONLY type of pan you should be using when making cheesecakes. It makes it so easy to remove the cheesecake once it has chilled
- Stand mixer – stand mixers are an absolute godsend when it comes to making no bake cheesecakes. Use on level 2 or 3 for a super smooth cheesecake filling
- Kitchen blow torch – a great tool for getting your cheesecake out intact
Which is better: baked or no baked Limoncello cheesecake?
Sometimes, baking can be too complex and take up too much time. Sure, baked cheesecakes are great, but you have the time and energy to spare. Otherwise, you won’t even be able to enjoy your creation.
That’s what makes no bake cheesecakes so great. Minimal prep time (all the time is in the chilling period), no oven, and only a little bit of effort. This is the perfect recipe for those of us with busy, busy lives!
I recommend you check out my Baked Limoncello Cheesecake recipe if you have spare time. They have similar flavors but with a very different overall texture. Try making both to see which one you like best. I'm sure your friends and family will be happy to give their verdict!
What is limoncello?
Pronounced “lee-mon-che-lo,” Limoncello is a rich, smooth liqueur produced in the Amalfi region of Italy. Like parmesan or Serrano ham, it’s a protected ingredient, meaning it has to be made in this region to be regarded as genuine Limoncello.
Amalfi lemons taste like no other lemon. Far less tangy, sweeter, and bigger than the average, they are unique to this part of the world.
The original recipe for Limoncello stretches back many years and is shrouded in legend. Some say fishermen created it to keep colds at bay. Others credit monks with its invention, and according to some, the origin of the liquor goes back to the first cultivated lemons.
Either way, today, Limoncello is made by steeping lemon peel in pure alcohol for between three days and a week until all the lemon oil is extracted. It’s then strained into a simple syrup mixture.
What does limoncello taste like?
Limoncello has a rich, intense lemon flavor. It’s not as sour as lemon juice. Instead, it’s syrupy and sweet, with a balanced, refreshing taste.
Perfect for a summer cheesecake!
What biscuits are best for a no bake cheesecake base?
For me, plain digestives are perfect. Others swear by Graham cracker crumbs. So, if you’re a Graham cracker fan and they’re easier to get hold of, go ahead and use them!
Why is my no bake cheesecake not firm?
There are three main reasons why a no bake cheesecake fails to firm up. Firstly, the ingredients.
It’s crucial to use full-fat cream cheese and heavy double cream when making a no bake cheesecake. If you’re tempted to go for low-fat varieties, be warned: they won’t set nearly as good as the full-fat kind.
Secondly, it's essential to stick to the chill time. You must let your no bake cheesecake chill for at least six hours, preferably overnight.
Lastly, a too soft cheesecake can be caused by overmixing the cheesecake mixture. That’s why a stand mixer is such a great tool to use. You can set it to low speed and mix lightly until everything is fully incorporated.
Taste the summer with these recipes
Loved this no bake Limoncello cheesecake? Check out some of my other favorite sweet summer recipes:
- Lemon chess pie – the perfect balance between sweet and acidic, this recipe is irresistible. When life hands you lemons, make this pie.
- Drizzled lemon curd cupcakes – another great showcase for lemons, these cupcakes are divine! Not only that, but they’re so easy to make
- Sicilian cannoli – if you’ve never had a cannoli, stop what you’re doing and make this recipe! I picked it up when I visited Sicili, the home of the cannoli
- Don Pedro drink – a South African favorite, this is pure heaven in a glass. Add ice and a giddy smile
- Pornstar martini – now we’re getting frisky. Passion fruit liqueur, champagne and vanilla – let’s get the party started!
- No-Bake Lemon Cheesecake - if you liked this Limoncello cheesecake you're sure to love another zesty cheesecake
- No-bake cherry cheesecake - something about the combination of cherry and cream cheese filling really does it for me. Well, this recipe doesn’t just use ordinary cherries. These are extra special Italian cherries, and they taste incredible!