A delicious No-Bake Cheesecake packed full of a Salted Caramel creamy cheesecake filling with Pretzels & Popcorn! – A delicious dessert perfect for every occasion!
YES – That’s right… SALTED CARAMEL NO-BAKE CHEESECAKE! Hello my actual heaven. After the undoubted & continued success of my No-Bake Caramel Rolo Cheesecake I decided that it was time to share this beauty – which in my opinion is utterly scrumptious. How can it not be? Its no-bake, its creamy, its delicious, and its heavenly salted caramelly – with popcorn & pretzels involved!
The recipe is very similar to my No-Bake Caramel Rolo Cheesecake as its the same sort of base recipe, with a couple of alterations to fit the delicious salty sweet flavouring. This Cheesecake is so incredibly easy to make – simply crush the biscuits & pretzels, mix with the butter, and press to make the base. Cream together the cream cheese, vanilla, and sugar in an electric mixer, add the caramel and mix again, and the cream & salt and mix again and its all done! Decorate how you please!
I have had several comments over my year of blogging about how amazing my cheesecakes are (thank you!) and that I am indeed the Cheesecake Queen (I’m blushing) but I have had many many many questions about how they set so well without any additions to help it – if you use FULL FAT ingredients, you follow my method, and you’re brave – there is no reason why it won’t work! You have to stick at it – you have to make sure the mixture is thick and delicious, but not be impatient and make it too quickly – because the mixture might fail! I have personally never ever had a problem – but I do make them pretty damn often as you can tell!
The Pretzels in the base of the cheesecake give it the slightly salty edge that the base desires, with even more pretzels and TOFFEE POPCORN on top, and of course – oodles and oodles of caramel sauce! Seriously though – I adore this recipe, its is delicious, and I know you will all love it too!
This recipe makes an 8″/20cm cheesecake.
– 250g Digestives/Shortbread Biscuits
– 75g Salted Pretzels
– 135g Unsalted Butter, melted
– 450g Full-Fat Cream Cheese
– 1tsp Vanilla Bean Extract
– 100g Icing Sugar
– 150g Caramel – I use Carnations Caramel (Dulce de Leche will work)
– 1tsp Maldon Sea Salt Flakes*
– 300ml Double Cream
– Caramel drizzle
– Toffee Popcorn
1) Blitz the biscuits and the pretzels in a food processor and mix the biscuits with the melted butter. Spread on the bottom of an 8″ Deep Springform Cake Tin and press down firmly. Leave to set in the fridge whilst you make the rest!
2) Using an electric mixer, I use my KitchenAid with the whisk attachment, whisk together the cream cheese, vanilla, and icing sugar until smooth and then add the caramel and whisk again until smooth and lump free – this could take a couple of minutes, I whisk it at half speed so not too quick or slow!
3) Pour in the double cream & Salt flakes and continue to whisk for a couple of minutes until its very thick and mousse like (I mix it on a medium speed, level 6/10) – Now this could take up to 5 minutes depending on your mixer, but you seriously have to stick at it – it will hold itself completely when finished mixing (like a meringue does!) If you don’t mix it enough it will not set well enough, but don’t get impatient and whisk it really quick because that’ll make it split! Spread over the biscuit base and leave to set in the fridge overnight.
4) Remove the Cheesecake from the tin carefully and decorate the cheesecake – I drizzled over some of the spare caramel, and then some Toffee Popcorn and more Pretzels!
Tips and Ideas
*It is very important to use salt flakes, not finely ground salt – but if you have to, then use 1/4tsp and taste test it till you reach your desired taste, it is a lot more concentrated when finely ground!
You have to make sure that it is Full-Fat cream cheese that you use so you know its going to set – I also always set my cheesecakes in the fridge overnight otherwise they risk being a little runny still and slipping off the biscuit base but if you want to risk it then go for it! If you think its not setting, 99% of the time its because you didnt whip it enough! 🙂
I have noted from comments on other Cheesecake recipes that sometimes the mixture splits – this might be because you have mixed it for too long – you need to keep an eye on it and check it every so often so that you don’t over whip it – but I have also had comments from people saying they have used Handheld Blenders & Liquidisers & Food processors and this hasn’t worked – this is because it won’t be whipping it! The idea is to get air into and thicken it like Meringue or Whipped Cream!
I have done some reading after some shock and horror that I don’t use gelatine to help make my cheesecakes set – if you would like a firmer set, or you don’t want to risk it – you can mix in one sachet of powdered gelatine mixed with 1+1/2tbsps boiling water (till the gelatine has dissolved) and gradually mix into the cheese mix – but this does make it ever so slightly jelly like – just to warn you – and I much much prefer it without the gelatine!!
Find my other Cheesecake recipes on my Recipes Page!