Cranberry Cheesecake: Christmas Pud Alternative

Cranberry Cheesecake: Christmas Pud Alternative.

This quick setting light textured cheesecake is the perfect answer to an alternative to the richness of Christmas pudding.

The fruity cranberry coulis cuts through the soft and creamy filling and the buttery shortbread.

Happy Christmas!

Cranberry Cheesecake: Christmas Pud Alternative

Cranberry Cheesecake: Christmas Pud Alternative.

How To Make A Cranberry Cheesecake:

Serves 10

Preparation time: 25 minutes
Chilling time: 4 hours, preferably overnight


200g (7oz) shortbread or digestive biscuits, crushed

40g (1½oz) butter, melted

405g can Carnation Condensed Milk Light

300g tub full fat soft cheese

juice 2 large lemons

300g pack frozen (and defrosted) or fresh cranberries

100g (3½oz) caster sugar

You will also need:

20cm (8in) spring form tin, base lined with baking parchment


1.) Crush the biscuits in a blender or in a double lined bag with a rolling pin. 

2.) Mix together the crushed biscuits and melted butter then lightly press into the tin. 

3.) Chill while you make the filling.

4.) Beat the condensed milk and cream cheese together until completely smooth. 

5.) Add the lemon juice and combine thoroughly – the mixture should thicken. 

6.) Spread the creamy filling over the base. 

7.) Chill for 4 hours.

8.) Tumble the berries into a small pan with the sugar and 100ml (3fl oz) water, cover and simmer for 5 minutes until the berries are soft and pulpy. 

9.) Push the mixture through a sieve and chill the cranberry coulis until ready to serve.

10.) Remove the cheesecake from the tin and place on a serving plate. 

11.) Gently pour the cranberry coulis over the cheesecake, spreading out to the edges to serve.


Add a sprinkling of ground almonds to the biscuit base or use different biscuits for this recipe – try dark chocolate chip cookies or digestives.

This cheesecake sets perfectly without the need for gelatin thanks to the natural setting effect of lemon juice on condensed milk.

Cranberry Cheesecake: Christmas Pud Alternative

Cranberry Cheesecake: Christmas Pud Alternative.

Recipe and photo credit by- Carnation.

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Claire Justine
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  1. Lisa Cash Hanson
    28 November 2011 / 9:09 PM

    Hi Claire Happy to follow thanks for stopping by my Blog Hop ..this looks really good BTW 🙂

  2. Dee | Grammy's Grid
    17 November 2019 / 11:48 AM

    YUM! Thanks so much for linking up at #AThemedLinkup 5 for Thanksgiving Recipes. Shared.

    • 17 November 2019 / 7:41 PM

      Thanks for hosting and stopping by 🙂

  3. 17 November 2019 / 3:46 PM

    This is beautiful – Thanks for sharing at the What’s for Dinner party – Have a wonderful week and hope to see you again next week.

    • 3 December 2019 / 11:41 AM

      Thanks Karen, cheesecakes are one of my favourites.

  4. 18 November 2019 / 12:41 PM

    Looks so yummy! I am going to give it a try. My family loves cheesecake.

  5. 19 November 2019 / 6:41 PM

    oh i love cranberries and cheesecake but ive never had a crenberry cheesecake before. Ill give this a try!

  6. 21 November 2019 / 2:24 PM

    Love cranberries, love cheesecake – win win!

  7. 21 November 2019 / 3:43 PM

    This would be a lovely addition to any holiday table. Thanks for sharing with #omhgww.

    • 3 December 2019 / 11:42 AM

      Thanks for stopping by the link up 🙂

  8. Dee | Grammy's Grid
    30 November 2019 / 8:28 AM

    Congrats! Your post is FEATURED at #AThemedLinkup 6 for All Things Christmas from my previous linkup for Thanksgiving Recipes!

    • 3 December 2019 / 11:42 AM

      Aww, thanks so much for the feature 🙂

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