Keto-cheesecake tips and tricks

Cheesecakes are one of the go-to foods in our household. They make great low-carb/keto deserts, and because they are very low sugar and grain-free they can be eaten as proper nutritious foods in their own right, and eaten often, not just for treats. In fact we use them for a quick breakfast, lunch or snack, with a dollop of double cream.

In this post I will not give full recipes as I have already posted one here before (see below) but instead I am offering tips and ideas so you can get inspiration and hopefully confidence to try out your own experiments. I’ve gone through my photos and found quite a few to share with you. Enjoy!

My Basic Approach

This is the starting ‘recipe’ I play around with: The base, if I want one, is made with melted butter and a gluten-free crumb of some kind (ground almonds for example), which is pressed down into the base of the tin and refrigerated to firm up. The middle is made with cream cheese and eggs and a flavouring beaten together and poured over the cooled base, which is then baked until done, allowed to cool then refrigerated. Toppings, if needed, are added when cold, and can vary from or a sprinkling of cocoa powder or yogurt, creme fraiche or gelatinised cream. The fun comes with all the variations and flavours that can be used: vanilla, strawberry, chocolate, blueberry, cinnamon, brandy… get creative!

Baked Lemon Cheesecake (full recipe)


Very presentable: individual, baked lemon cheesecakes.

I have a full recipe for baked lemon cheesecake here. It’s a good starting point if you have not made one before. Unless a citrus fruit allergy lurks, this cheesecake is a pretty reliable winner.

Sweeteners

Over the years I have weened myself (and the rest of the family) off sugar so we can use much less sweetener in our deserts. I now add less than 1 tsp of honey per portion (For example no more than 5 tsp honey in an 8in diameter, 2in deep cheesecake which will make 6 portions) and it still tastes sweet enough to us. I’m sure it is possible to go lower, but for me it’s not really necessary. If you are on a super strict diet, then try leaving out sweeteners altogether. If you get on with stevia, this can be an excellent way to lift the sweetness a tad, without slinging your pancreas into disarray.

Using Goat’s Dairy

Strawberry Goat’s Cheese Cheesecake

You can now buy goat’s milk, butter, cream, soft cheese, yogurt and hard cheese from the supermarkets, so cheesecakes are great for people that cannot tolerate cows milk but can eat goat’s dairy products (like 3/4 of my family!). To make goat’s creme fraiche you need a bit of time (1-2 days), some goat’s cream (only Waitrose sells it in England) and a spoonful of goat/sheep yogurt. Mix a spoonful of the yogurt into a pot or two of goat’s cream. Leave it, lightly covered with a lid of some sort, in the kitchen, but not in the fridge, and the yogurt microbes will ferment the cream, making it into creme fraiche! When it is thick and tastes delicious, pop it in the fridge, covered, and use in a few days. It makes a superb white top layer for a cheesecake!

I used soft goat’s cheese in the filling, goats butter and goats cheddar (yes!) in the base and simple goat’s yogurt for a topping. Delish!

Cheese in the base mix – really?

The base of this cheesecake is made with ground hazels in melted butter with a tsp honey blended in too and then, the surprise ingredient, a tablespoon of shredded goat’s cheddar cheese. I thought the cheddar might help stick the base together better when it is cooked, and it did, as you can see above, but amazingly, without making it taste cheesy!

Lining your cake tin

Cheesecakes can look lovely when presented as a complete piece, so it is important you can get them out whole. To this end I use a tin with a push up base, but the problem with them is that the mix can dribble out of the bottom and mess up your oven. I now use 8in cake tin liners like the one above (from Lakeland). It works brilliantly, and makes lifting the cheesecake out a piece of… cake!

It also gives the cheesecake a nice crinkled edge as you can see.

Blueberry baseless cheesecake

This one is an example of a cheesecake without a base. I can’t quite remember what the recipe was, but I reckon there is a swirl of raspberry compote through the cake, and I believe the topping is creme fraiche.

Christmas cheesecake

This cheesecake was made with some grain-free Christmas fare. The base includes real minced meat (with beef!) combined with some of my grain-free Christmas pudding

Dried fruit in the base and candied peel on the top show that I relaxed a little on my usual low-sugar criteria, so this recipe was not ketogenic. But it was a really novel idea and turned out very well.

Birthday thin-crust cheesecake

This lovely looking treat shows how much you can play around with cheesecake recipes – their shape, thickness and ratio of base/middle/topping; As you can see I used a shallow heart-shaped tin for this one. The topping looks like icing, but it is a mix of yogurt and cream and has some grated lemon zest sprinkled over the top.

Remember all of these cheesecakes are made with great quality, nutritionally sound ingredients — eggs, nuts, full-fat dairy. The aim is to make delicious food that is grain-free, gluten-free, low-carb, low sugar, and often ketogentic. It just shows what you can achieve on a ‘restricted’ diet.

Chocolate deep-pan cheesecake

A birthday cake. This time with a deep tin. The white chocolate buttons were a bit of indulgence, but this cake was for my husband who can eat cow’s dairy. I never got to taste it! No doubt, you will be wondering if he had to eat the whole thing. Questions below please.

This one cut beautifully. The gelatin-cream topping is firm, and the chocolate cheese layer, thick and creamy. I wasn’t so happy with the base – you can see its a bit crumbly, but hey, who’s complaining? This was muchly appreciated by the birthday boy!

Blackcurrent cheesecake

We had such a great crop of blackcurrants this summer that I started putting them in all sorts of things, including this delectable creation. The base had some pressed into it, and the topping was simply blended sieved blackcurrants, which was left over from some ice lollies I was making in our very hot July this year. Tart and sharp, they add a bright note and colour.

Pan-cheesecake – for people in a hurry

If time is not on your side, but you want a decent breakfast to set you up for a great day, try this: Beat an egg with some soft cheese, a dash of maple syrup and a drop of vanilla. Fry in butter in a little pan, dot with blueberries, serve with some cream. Split it with your mate or just eat the lot, and… off you go!

So, go for it! Cheesecakes go down a storm, and, basically, never fail. Just blend some eggs and soft cheese together and cook it. The rest is up to you.

5 comments

  1. Wow, I always thought cheesecake should be avoided because of the calorie content, but I know that things have changed a lot recently regarding dairy. I can’t wait to make these, thanks! You mention Goats milk as an alternative – does this have the A1 enzyme that we are supposed to avoid? It has been suggested that rather than dairy intolerance it is this A1 enzyme, what do you think about this? I am struggling to get my head round the research, is it just another marketing ploy for A2 milk? or does goats milk offer an alternative? I would dearly love to read your views on this issue.

  2. Any clue how my mouth is watering. As I read I am filled with ideas for variations…

    A few weeks ago I caught something on your site about potatoes. Although they are not something I eat often, One in a pot of soup a few times a year, I should like to know more? Thank you

    1. Hi Léa, Sure eat potatoes once in a while – no problem. Remember that my site is primarily to support my patients that are often on a very restrictive diet for medical reasons; for example, patients with metabolic syndrome or pre-diabetes improve on a low-carb diet, and patients with neurological problems often improve remarkably on a very-low carb, high fat diet (a ketogenic diet). They can’t even have potatoes once a year! On the other hand, many of my patients need to be on a low plant diet or for some time meat only (especially some autoimmune conditions).

      But when it comes to general health, my main emphasis would be avoid grains (especially wheat/rye/barley/oats) and processed foods. Minimise sugar and refined carbs. Then eat natural foods you enjoy: fruit nuts veg, but include ample animal products (eggs, meat, fish, dairy).

      1. Hi Afifah, thank you for responding. Perhaps the potatoes are a no then. We are dealing with Essential Tremors. Any suggestions on that line as the doctors just want to push pills which I can’t take. I’m one of those that frequently has serious reactions to meds and they never do what they claim they are for. I’ve learned that I am on my own to figure it out. “Western medicine” is little but pushers for the pharmaceutical companies. I shall look into this ketogenic diet you mentioned and once again, I am grateful.

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