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Recipe | An easy No-Bake Strawberry Delight for A Sweet Beginning of 2013

3 January 2013 14 Comments

Recipe | An easy No-Bake Strawberry Delight

The 3 C’s of life: choices, chances, and changes. You must make a choice to take a chance or your life will never change.’ Unknown. Choices I did make and chances I did take in the year 2012. Some were good…some were bad. While the good ones are carried forward to 2013, the bad ones are buried then and there.

Life has been a roller coaster ride to me, just when I thought I have had enough of it and its time to sit back and relax, I find myself ride the roller coaster all over again.

Hats off to whoever said that ‘Life begins at the end of your comfort zone!’ Am glad that I stepped out of mine for doing things I always wanted to do. Coming out of the comfort zone and jumping into the corporate world again was a big decision of 2012 in my life. Nevertheless I am enjoying every moment of it and I’m game, as long as it does not hamper my family life.

The year 2012 also boosted my confidence in trying out things I could never ever have imagined doing in the wildest of my dreams. Taking on food photography, styling projects, meddling with HTML codes, baking 100 plus cookies…yes, I did it all. And now its time to move forward….

I had planned for a small get together at home with friends on New years’ eve, but cancelled it as a mark of respect to the life that suffered untold pain in Delhi. Though we don’t know her and have never seen her but still feel that we have lost a part of us. The incident was disturbing and for many days I did not feel like posting or going on-line.

I wish to start the year with a sweet beginning on Lite Bite and a hope for better tomorrow for everyone.

No-Bake Strawberry Delight

A no-bake strawberry cottage cheese cake, eggless and healthy.

This no-bake dessert is a quick-fix recipe for Strawberry lovers when they can’t find fresh Strawberries in market. Use bottled Strawberry crush to make ice-creams and desserts and you will not find much difference in taste.

Ingredients;

(serve 2)

  • 1 cup thick yogurt/curd
  • 1/2 cup mashed banana
  • 4 tbsp. Strawberry crush or pulp
  • 2 tbsp. orange juice
  • 2 tbsp. melted butter or ghee
  • 12 digestive biscuits
  • 2 tsp. Agar-agar powder
  • 1 tsp. vanilla essence

A no-bake strawberry cottage cheese cake, eggless and healthy.

Method; Fill all the digestive biscuits in a zip lock bag and crush them into coarse powder with a rolling pin. Add melted butter in the biscuit powder and mix lightly with fingers.

Use thick yogurt or curd in this recipe for better results. While setting the curd add a tbsp. of milk powder for a thick yogurt.

Sprinkle agar-agar powder in a bowl filled with orange juice and leave it aside for 10 minutes. Stir the mix lightly and bring the mixture to a boil, take off the heat and let it cool.

Read more about ‘how to use’ and the ‘benefits’ of Agar-agar over Gelatin in your recipes here.

A no-bake strawberry cottage cheese cake, eggless and healthy.

Take a round pie dish and brush it with oil. Add the crushed biscuits at the bottom of the pie dish and press it lightly to make an even layer as the base.

Peel and mash banana with a fork.

A no-bake strawberry cottage cheese cake, eggless and healthy.

Take a large bowl and add thick yogurt/curd, Strawberry crush, mashed banana, vanilla essence, soaked agar-agar powder and mix well. Pour this over the biscuit base in the pie dish and refrigerate it for 5-6 hours to set.

A no-bake strawberry cottage cheese cake, eggless and healthy.

Remove from refrigerator, slice it into wedges and serve this healthy and scrumptious dessert into individual plates.

A no-bake strawberry cottage cheese cake, eggless and healthy.

The no-bake Strawberry Delight is light & delightful and makes a perfect way to end your meals on a happy note.

A no-bake strawberry cottage cheese cake, eggless and healthy.

Slurppp….

Notes;

  1. Replace orange juice with lemon juice or plain water for a different version of the recipe.
  2. You can avoid banana in this dessert if you wish.
  3. I used a mix of Horlicks Nutribic and Britania Good day biscuits to make the base of the dessert.
  4. Use good quality Strawberry crush which has whole fruits in it.
  5. I did not add sugar in the recipe as the fruit crush is sweet, you may add a few teaspoons if you like your desserts sweet.

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14 Comments »

  • chinmayie @ love food eat said:

    This is a great recipe! Strawberries are in season right now I am thinking of making this with fresh strawberries! I am sure it’ll taste yum :)

  • Terra said:

    Oh I need to make this, it sounds fun, easy, and full of flavor! You know I love love baking with Greek yogurt:-) Looks truly beautiful, Hugs, Terra
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  • mjskit said:

    Happy New Year Darlin!!!! What a great little treat to start the new year with! I used agar for the first time last month and loved everything about it – the ease of using and especially the texture it created. I can see that in this dessert. Bet it didn’t take you or one of your kids to create that empty plate. :) Wishing you a wonderful and enjoyable 2013! Looking forward to seeing more of your wonderful recipes and pictures!
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  • Priya said:

    Wat a super delightful no bake fabulous dessert..Happy new year wishes to you and your family.

  • rebecca said:

    looks beautiful theres a meet up with chennai food guide on the 17th hope you can join, facebook me including your blog in my chat on social media
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  • Vijitha Shyam said:

    Happy New Year Sanjeeta!
    I made chocolate tart (something similar) with the left over biscuits my son refuses to eat. It was a huge container from a whole sale store here and I made a crust with ghee and topped them with chocolate ganache and fresh fruits. I am loving your idea to use yogurt. I will make your version for the next party I am hosting.
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  • Magic of Spice said:

    A lovely way to begin the new year…beautiful as always!
    Happy 2013!
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  • Kalyani said:

    superlike :) esp as it uses everyday ingredients, and doesnt even require creamcheese like other cheese cakes..

    def worth a try. btw, Sanjeeta – Can I use melted strawberry jam in place of the crush ?? Also, is there a substitute for agar agar to set the topping.. my family doesnt quite like the taste of agar agar..

    Do let me know..thanks :)

  • EA-The Spicy RD said:

    Congrats on your successes in 2012 Sanjeeta, and for stepping up to new challenges! Love this easy no bake dessert, and looking forward to more healthy and delicious recipes in 2013. Happy New Year to you and your family!

  • jodye @ chocolate and chou fleur said:

    Your cake is so beautiful! I don’t often make cakes, and have actually never made a no-bake cake, so I’ll have to try it out!
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  • dassana@veg recipes of india said:

    thats one delicious and lovely pink dessert. wish you and your family a happy new year.
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  • Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen said:

    ‘Life begins at the end of your comfort zone!’ I like this very much, so true!
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  • Viswa said:

    Wow, Wow, Wow.. This looks sooooo good!!!

  • Helene Dsouza I Masala Herb said:

    The other day I was showing my husband some pins in pinterest. We were trying to figure out what he wanted to eat and try. He figured that he needed Cheesecake or something similar which was easy made with a cookie base and soft and creamy inside. I bet he will be happily surprised if I come up with your dessert. =)
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