The smoothest, silkiest mango cheesecake made with fresh mango puree and no added cream! Garnished with fresh mangoes.
(Please read the entire post for detailed step-by-step instructions and tips)
I have a life-long love affair with mangoes. Growing up in India, the months of May and June meant summer holidays and mangoes. And since mango season is a blink-and-you-miss-it period, I would make up for it by eating my weight in mangoes – I’m talking a dozen mangoes a day. Sometimes more!
Now that I live in Switzerland, we get Alphonso mangoes that are imported from India, and the closest substitute is canned mango puree available (all year round) at our local Indian store. The next best thing to eating these succulent, sweet mangoes on their own is to make desserts such as kulfi or lassi (here's my version of strawberry lassi) or cheesecakes.
I was pretty pleased with how this mango cheesecake turned out. I love the fact that this recipe uses primarily cream cheese and fresh mango puree for the filling, and there isn’t any added cream necessary! The cheesecake is absolutely silky smooth and utterly decadent. I think I’ve found my new favorite cheesecake with this one.
Note that this recipe is made using an Instant Pot. It can be baked in the oven as well with a water bath, but I find that using the Instant Pot for cheesecakes to be the most convenient method.
Ingredients and substitutions for making mango cheesecake:
Crackers or cookies for the crust: I like using cookies such as these classic crackers that we get here in Switzerland. You can use graham crackers or any cookie of your choice.
Melted butter: Crushed crackers are mixed with melted butter to form the crust of the cheesecake
Cream cheese: Use Philadelphia cream cheese for making cheesecake – it’s the most widely available and always gives excellent results.
Corn starch (Corn flour): Corn starch helps prevent cracks from forming in the cheesecake
Mango puree: I have used fresh, naturally sweet mangoes that I get at my local Indian store. You can also use frozen mangoes, blended to a puree or canned mango puree for this recipe.
A pinch of sea salt or kosher salt
Eggs: Always use room temperature eggs. Ensure that you do not overbeat the eggs – this is an important step to avoid cracking the cheesecake top, and for a silky-smooth batter.
Cardamom powder: This is entirely optional, but I like the extra dimension of flavor that cardamom powder gives the cheesecake
How to make mango cheesecake - step-by-step instructions:
Start by processing the crackers in a food processor or simply put them in a zip lock bag and use a rolling pin to crumble them. They should be finely crumbled. Add melted butter and mix well. Press into the bottom of a 7-inch springform pan. Flatten out the base using a flat bottom cup. Bake at 350°F (180°C) or let it set in the freezer for 15-20 minutes. I prefer to make the crust in the oven - this makes it firmer and less crumbly. If baking, let the crust cool as you prepare the filling.
Add the cream creese to a mixing bowl (I use a stand mixer, but a hand-held mixer is just as good). Beat on medium-high until smooth and fluffy.
In a separate bowl, mix together the corn starch, sugar and salt. Keep aside. Blend the chopped mangoes to a smooth puree.
Add the mango puree to the beaten cream cheese, along with the corn starch-sugar mixture. Beat on low-medium until just combined. Add the eggs, one by one and beat on low speed until just combined. Do not overmix.
Get the springform pan with the prepared crust and line the side with a greased parchment paper. This is an optional step, but it helps to keep the sides of the cheesecake smooth.
Pour out the cheesecake filling into the springform pan. Rap the pan firmly on the countertop to remove any trapped air bubbles.
Prepare the Instant Pot by adding 1.5 cups water and placing a trivet in it. Place the pan on the trivet and cover it loosely with a foil. Set the IP on 'Pressure Cook' or 'Manual' mode for 30 minutes. Let the cooking cycle complete and let the pressure release naturally before you take out the cheesecake.
Garnish with thinly sliced mangoes and serve chilled!
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For the crust
- 14-16 Graham crackers or any plain cookies of your choice
- 50 grams butter melted
For the cheesecake filling
- 400 grams Cream cheese at room temperature
- 2 tablespoons corn starch
- ½ cup sugar
- pinch Sea salt / kosher salt
- 2 Mangoes (peeled and chopped) or substitute with 1 cup store-bought mango pulp/puree
- 2 eggs at room temperature
- pinch cardamom powder (optional)
For the cheesecake crust
- Pre-heat the oven to 350°F (180°C)
- Start by preparing the crust of the cheesecake. In a food processor, mix the crackers or cookies untill they are finely crushed.
- Using a food processor, pulse the crackers of cookies into fine crumb. Pour into a bowl and add the melted butter. Mix together the butter and crumbs until the mixture resembles sand. Press this mixture into the base of a 7-inch springform pan. Use a measuring cup (or any flat-bottomed cup) to flatten out the crust.
- You can either bake this in the oven for 10 minutes at 350°F (180°C) or let it set in the freezer for 15-20 minutes. I prefer to make the crust in the oven - this makes it firmer and less crumbly.
- Let the crust cool while you prepare the filling of the mango cheesecake.
For the filling:
- Before you begin making the cheesecake filling, keep out all your refrigerated ingredients and let them come to room temperature.
- Peel and slice the mangoes and blend them to a smooth puree (alternatively, use store-bought mango pulp/puree).
- In a small bowl, whisk together the corn flour, sugar, salt and cardamom powder (if using).
- Use a hand-help mixer or a stand mixer to beat the cream cheese until smooth and fluffy.
- Add the corn starch mixture along with the mango pulp. Mix on the lowest speed until just combined. Then add the eggs one by one, beating after each addition. Ensure that you do not overmix, else the cheesecake can crack.
- You can line the springform pan with parchment paper before pouring in the filling. Once the filling is ready, pour it into the springform pan. Give the pan a few raps on the counter to remove any trapped air bubbles.
- In the Instant Pot, add 1.5 cups water and place the trivet stand. Place the springform pan on the trivet and cover loosely with a piece of foil.
- Pressure Cook on High for 30 minutes, let the pressure release naturally. Once you open the lid of teh IP, there can be water collected on the surface of the cheesecake, This is ok - just dab it with kitchen paper.
- Set the cheesecake in the fridge for at least 3 hours before serving. Before serving, decorate it with thinly sliced fresh mango pieces.
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