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The Best Cheesecake in the World


I’m a huge cheesecake fan, but extremely fussy about the texture and the way it is prepared.

I am not at all a fan of the gelatin cheesecakes and I find baked cheesecakes are far too often over-baked and dry. (Fussy I know)

But then I found the perfect cheesecake recipe and cooking method, with the end result being a truly melt-in-your-mouth, creamy sensation…. And gelatin free!

This recipe is really quick and easy to make, and probably the best cheesecake you’ll ever have.

The key to this cheesecakes success is that it is baked for only 9-10 minutes, and then sets in the fridge for an hour.

But, before I reveal all, I feel I must share the story behind this cheesecake recipe and how I got to get hold of it…

My father-in-laws sister and her husband used to own Sacramento Restaurant in Port Elizabeth about a decade ago. This was her secret recipe and because the cheesecake sold like hot cakes, she refused to share it with anyone. My mother-in-law eventually got hold of it and shared it with me, but threatened me with death if I shared it with anyone. Oh well!

I feel that it’s too damned good not to share so feel privileged that I’ve put my life on the line and divulged a family secret!



1 packet tennis biscuits

50 ml melted butter/margarine


1 can condensed milk

1 can nestle’ dessert cream

3 tablespoons lemon juice

1 tub smooth, plain cottage cheese


  1. Preheat your oven to 180 degrees.
  2.  For the base, just crush the tennis biscuits and mix with melted butter. Then press down in a greased cake tin or pie dish and leave to stand.
  3.  In a separate bowl, add the condensed milk and nestle’ dessert cream and mix. Add the lemon juice and mix. You’ll notice the mixture starts firming once the lemon juice is added. Then add the cream cheese and mix. Pour the batter into the pie dish and pop into the oven for 10 minutes. DO NOT bake for more than 10 minutes!
  4.  You’ll notice that the cheesecake batter will not have set yet, which is correct so don’t panic! Pop the cheesecake into the refrigerator and leave to set for 45 min- 1 hr.

Add whatever topping your heart desires! I like crumbling a flake chocolate or two over the top, but you may prefer the more decadent berry coulis, gooseberries, strawberries or chocolate drizzling.

Enjoy and let me know what you think!