The most delectable way to celebrate National Cheesecake Day

'The Chew': No-Bake Summer Berry Cheesecake

Our sweet prayers have been answered, it's National Cheesecake Day!

Because of the massive popularity of the New York variation, many assume the cheesecake originated in New York. Nevertheless, the oldest form of cheesecake can be traced back to Ancient Greece. The super rich dessert is typically composed of one or more layers. The most imperative layer consists of a soft, creamy mixture. This mixture is ordinarily composed of cheese (cream cheese or ricotta), eggs, and sugar. The bottom layer is a crust usually made from crushed cookies or graham crackers. Fruit and chocolate variations are extremely popular and loved by many.

While many restaurants are celebrating the special day by offering half-off on the super luscious dessert, we've found a simple recipe that you can make with a handful of store-bought ingredients right in the comfort of your own home.

No-Bake Berry Cheesecake

- 1 store-bought graham cracker pie crust (removed from pan and crushed)
- 2 tbsp melted butter
- 8 oz cream cheese (room temperature)
- 14 1/2 oz can sweetened condensed milk
- 1 orange (zested)
- 16 oz frozen mixed berries
- 1/2 c mixed berry jam (warmed)
- 1 dollop of whipped cream

1) Spray a loaf pan with nonstick spray. Line the pan with parchment paper so it hangs over the edges creating handles. Spray the parchment with more nonstick spray.

2) In a medium bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs and butter. Press into the bottom of the prepared loaf pan.

3) In a large bowl, whisk together the cream cheese, sweetened condensed milk, and orange zest. Fold in the frozen berries. Pour the berry mixture over the graham cracker crust. Spread the top out into an even layer. Place in freezer for 4 hours or overnight. Remove from freezer 15 minutes before serving.

4) To serve, cut cheesecake into slices. Spread a spoonful of the warm jam on the plate, place a slice of the cheesecake on top and garnish with a dollop of whipped cream.

Whichever way you decide to celebrate, kalí óreksi (~bon appetite~ in Greek)!

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