No-Bake Cheesecake in Kataifi Nests

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No-Bake Cheesecake in Kataifi Nests recipe is inspired and sponsored by our friends at The Fillo Factory

As always, all opinions are 100% mine. 

 

Robin's "eggs" on a creamy no-bake cheesecake in a crispy kataifi fillo nest is fun and delightful seasonal treat.

When Fillo Factory folks suggested I try making something with kataifi (shredded fillo dough), I gladly agreed as I love challenges. But honestly, since I’ve never worked with kataifi before, I was not only intimidated, I dreaded and procrastinated working on this recipe for as long as I could. OK, it’s not all due to kataifi. I also thrive on looming deadlines.

 

And so, I’ve finally set out to make Easter nests. Armed with kataifi provided by The Fillo Factory (all opinions are my own), I laid out my ingredients. I “danced” around it for a while, finding other small chores I had wanted to do in case this project fails and it takes me a whole day to make. I wanted nothing else hanging over my head.

 

kataifi fillo dough

 

But, guys! I’m still astonished how easy it is working with kataifi! BAM – the Easter nests were done.  They can be filled with savory filling and topped with cherry tomatoes for eggs, but you know me. Cheesecake is on my mind 24/7. My most popular one, tiramisu cheesecake, is quite labor intensive. So, I simplified the recipe with a no-bake version but apparently, I’m not the only one that likes challenges. The original one still takes the lead. OK, then.

 

However, I do prefer no-bake version. If you like cheesecakes too, follow along. Another interesting recipe is coming up next week. Since kataifi nests were done so quickly, I had more fun with the leftover dough threads and made this bunny head. Isn’t it cute?

 

no-bake cheesecake in kataifi nests and "creepy" bunny head

 

My daughter thinks its mouth looks creepy. After I politely informed her that the bunny is smiling and thus can’t be creepy, she sent me this GIF. OK, she wins. Maybe my bunny’s smile is a little creepy. LOL. Poor bunny!

 

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No-Bake Cheesecake in Kataifi Nests Recipe

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Easter treat - no bake cheesecake kataifi nests

 

INGREDIENTS:
Makes 24

  • ½ package (8oz.) kataifi (shredded fillo dough), thawed
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 package (8oz.) cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar or 2 tablespoons honey
  • ¾ cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons hot water
  • 1 teaspoon unflavored gelatin
  • Robin’s eggs candy, Jelly Belly’s or M&M’s

 

~ Free Tip ~

Add 2 teaspoons granulated sugar and a pinch of cinnamon to kataifi in step 4, if desired.

 

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Lightly grease two standard 12-cup muffin pans with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. Prepare the nests by untangling kataifi in a large bowl (it doesn’t have to be perfect, just no clumps). Drizzle the melted butter over the kataifi and toss to coat completely.
  4. Pinch handfuls of the kataifi and distribute evenly over two muffin tins. Gently press them down into muffin wells to form a nest.
  5. Bake the nests for 8-10 minutes (keep your eye on them so they don’t get too dark). Cool in muffin tin on a wire rack.
  6. Meanwhile, with an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese in a large bowl until smooth. Add sugar or honey, heavy cream, lemon juice, and vanilla. Mix well.
  7. In a small bowl, pour hot water over gelatin. Stir until gelatin is completely dissolved. Microwave for 10-15 seconds, if necessary. Do not boil.
  8. Gradually beat in gelatin mixture into the cream cheese mixture.
  9. Fill nests with the cheesecake filling (about 1 tablespoon per nest).
  10. Refrigerate until set, for about an hour and then carefully remove nests to platter with an offset spatula or spoon.
  11. Garnish with robin’s eggs candy before serving.

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No-Bake Cheesecake in Kataifi Nests Recipe
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Chill Time
1 hr
Total Time
30 mins
 

No-bake cheesecake in kataifi nests with robin's "eggs" is a fun and delightful Easter treat.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Greek
Servings: 24
Author: Jas
Ingredients
  • ½ package 8oz. kataifi (shredded fillo dough), thawed
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
  • 1 package 8oz. cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar or 2 tablespoons honey
  • ¾ cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons hot water
  • 1 teaspoon unflavored gelatin
  • Robin's eggs candy Jelly Belly's or M&M's
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Lightly grease two standard 12-cup muffin pans with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. Prepare the nests by untangling kataifi in a large bowl (it doesn't have to be perfect, just no clumps). Drizzle the melted butter over the kataifi and toss to coat completely.
  4. Pinch handfuls of the kataifi and distribute evenly over two muffin tins. Gently press them down into muffin wells to form a nest.
  5. Bake the nests for 8-10 minutes (keep your eye on them so they don't get too dark). Cool in muffin tin on a wire rack.
  6. Meanwhile, with an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese in a large bowl until smooth. Add sugar or honey, heavy cream, lemon juice, and vanilla. Mix well.
  7. In a small bowl, pour hot water over gelatin. Stir until gelatin is completely dissolved. Microwave for 10-15 seconds, if necessary. Do not boil.
  8. Gradually beat in gelatin mixture into the cream cheese mixture.
  9. Fill nests with the cheesecake filling (about 1 tablespoon per nest).
  10. 10. Refrigerate until set, for about an hour and then carefully remove nests to platter with an offset spatula or spoon.
  11. 11. Garnish with robin's eggs candy before serving.
Recipe Notes

~ Free Tip ~

Add 2 teaspoons granulated sugar and a pinch of cinnamon to kataifi in step 4, if desired.

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47 Comment

  1. Reply
    Mother of 3
    March 19, 2018 at 4:56 pm

    I have never heard of Kataifi but you can bet I’ll be looking around the grocery store for them now. Those look amazing and I LOVE cheesecake. Pinned.

    1. Reply
      Jas
      March 19, 2018 at 10:50 pm

      Thanks, Joanne! Much appreciated.

      1. Reply
        Mother of 3
        April 23, 2018 at 7:19 am

        This post is one of my Welcome Spring Features today. You can come check it out at Our Unschooling Journey. Thanks again for sharing with us.

        1. Reply
          Jas
          April 24, 2018 at 7:46 am

          Thank you so much! I’m honored 🙂

  2. Reply
    Rhiana L Jones
    March 19, 2018 at 5:39 pm

    Ack! Why the scarey clown!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      March 19, 2018 at 10:58 pm

      LOL, because my daughter wanted to make a point. It’s all explained in the post. 😉

  3. Reply
    Jhuls @ The Not So Creative Cook
    March 20, 2018 at 1:46 am

    These look so adorable, Jas!! I love that they are no-bake, too! Delicious!! 😀 Thanks for sharing!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      March 21, 2018 at 9:59 pm

      Thanks, Jhuls! Glad you like them 😀

  4. Reply
    Valaney
    March 20, 2018 at 8:50 pm

    These look SO yummy! I’ll definitely have to try them for Easter! I found you through the Lou Lou Girls Fabulous Party. It would mean a lot if you could check out my blog!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      March 21, 2018 at 10:11 pm

      Thanks, Valeney!

  5. Reply
    Shannon
    March 21, 2018 at 4:36 am

    Hi from over at Oh Heartsie Girl! This is such a cute idea!!! I’m going to share it with my girls! I know my grandsons will love it! Have a great week!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      March 21, 2018 at 10:13 pm

      Much appreciated, Shannon! Kids do adore these. Thanks for stopping in! 😀

  6. Reply
    Ann
    March 21, 2018 at 1:06 pm

    Just darling! Perfect for an Easter celebration!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      March 21, 2018 at 10:16 pm

      Thanks so much, Ann!

  7. Reply
    Linda S
    March 22, 2018 at 11:30 am

    These perfect little nests look beautiful AND delicious! Can’t wait to try this with my girls.

    1. Reply
      Jas
      March 22, 2018 at 2:49 pm

      They are super fun to make and fun for kids to help too 🙂 Thank you, Linda!

  8. Reply
    Jann Olson
    March 22, 2018 at 8:43 pm

    So fun! I had not heard of Kataifi, but I love filo dough! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

    1. Reply
      Jas
      March 23, 2018 at 9:47 pm

      You’d love it, Jann! 😀

  9. Reply
    Lathiya
    March 23, 2018 at 3:34 pm

    Those nests looks so cute..awesome idea

    1. Reply
      Jas
      March 23, 2018 at 10:11 pm

      Thanks a lot!

  10. Reply
    Jamie
    March 23, 2018 at 5:24 pm

    These look amazing!! Pinning to try them for my family soon. 🙂

    1. Reply
      Jas
      March 23, 2018 at 11:18 pm

      Thank you, Jamie!

  11. Reply
    Michelle Leslie
    March 24, 2018 at 1:37 am

    LOL Jas, that poor bunny. I thought he was cute and then saw the gif your daughter sent and it was, uummmm okay. Some things just can’t be unseen 😀 On the other hand the kataifi cheesecake nests are adorable. What a beautiful way to serve up Easter yumminess

    1. Reply
      Jas
      March 25, 2018 at 9:07 am

      LOL, he was delicious nevertheless. But I need to perfect my bunny making skills, ha!

  12. Reply
    Miz Helen
    March 24, 2018 at 10:23 am

    These little nests are just adorable, a very special treat! Hope you are having a great weekend and thanks so much for sharing your great post with us at Full Plate Thursday!
    Miz Helen

    1. Reply
      Jas
      March 25, 2018 at 9:07 am

      Thank you, Miz Helen!

    2. Reply
      Jas
      March 25, 2018 at 9:13 am

      Happy you like them, Miz Helen! Thanks for stopping in.

  13. Reply
    Honest Mum
    March 24, 2018 at 10:50 am

    How wonderful are these. Being originally Greek, I know and love Kataifi. Thanks for linking up x

    1. Reply
      Jas
      March 25, 2018 at 9:08 am

      Thank you, my dear! Means a lot to get a confirmation from a Greek. XO

  14. Reply
    handmade by amalia
    March 24, 2018 at 1:04 pm

    What a beautiful treat. And it looks delicious.
    Amalia
    xo

    1. Reply
      Jas
      March 25, 2018 at 9:09 am

      Thank you, Amalia! 🙂

  15. Reply
    Zeba Durrani
    March 24, 2018 at 5:14 pm

    What a great way to use Kataifi…these looks absolutely amazing. Thanks for sharing on Fiesta Friday!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      March 25, 2018 at 9:09 am

      Thanks so much for your kind comment!

  16. Reply
    Chas
    March 24, 2018 at 7:43 pm

    So cute and perfect for spring! Great job and thanks for sharing on To Grandma’s House We Go!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      March 25, 2018 at 9:10 am

      Thanks, Chas! Glad you like them.

  17. Reply
    Jen
    March 25, 2018 at 10:57 am

    Yum! Pinned this one for sure 🙂 I have never heard of katafi before!! #happynowlinkup

    1. Reply
      Jas
      March 26, 2018 at 9:30 pm

      We learn something every day, don’t we? 🙂 Thanks for stopping in. X

  18. Reply
    Kate - gluten free alchemist
    March 25, 2018 at 12:16 pm

    I love this idea. The nests are so ‘nest-like’! Mind you, I’m with your daughter….. the bunny mouth is pretty creepy!!!! x

    1. Reply
      Jas
      March 26, 2018 at 9:32 pm

      LOL, you’re right. I’ll practice some more so I don’t scare my grandkids, ha!

  19. Reply
    Petra
    March 25, 2018 at 7:57 pm

    I love the idea of using kataifi dough for a cheesecake, it looks delicious 🙂 Thank you for sharing at Fiesta Friday 🙂

    1. Reply
      Jas
      March 26, 2018 at 9:40 pm

      Thank you, Petra!

  20. Reply
    Mary
    March 29, 2018 at 1:29 am

    Jas would you believe I have never used Kataifi. Shame on me! But after looking at this recipe I may be tempted to give it a try. It actually looks easy!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      March 29, 2018 at 9:35 am

      Lol, Mary! Your Greek citizenship might be revoked, ha! It really is easy. I’m mad I waited this long to try it. 🙂

  21. Reply
    Tiffiney | Welcome Home Ministry
    March 29, 2018 at 6:12 pm

    This looks festive and delish! Thanks for sharing over at Heart and Home. I’ll be trying it for Easter. Blessings!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      March 30, 2018 at 11:16 pm

      Thank you, Tiffiney! It’s a must-have dessert for my grandkids 🙂 Happy Easter!

  22. Reply
    Kerryanne
    March 29, 2018 at 10:38 pm

    Oh my, I’ve never used kataifi. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever seen it here in Australia, but I’m on a mission to find it now. These nests look so lovely.
    Thank you for sharing this recipe at Create, Bake, Grow & Gather this week at Shabby Art Boutique. I’m delighted to be featuring it at tonight’s party and pinning too.
    Happy Easter!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      March 30, 2018 at 11:20 pm

      Appreciate it very much, Kerryanne! I know of Australian fillo brand, so maybe you can order from them as I’m not sure if our ship outside the US. Good luck and happy Easter!

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