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No bake Sour Cherries Cheesecake (agriovyssino)

No bake Sour Cherries Cheesecake (agriovyssino)

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This Sour Cherries Cheesecake (called agriovyssino, in Greek) is easy to make and you will certainly enjoy the delightful combination of creamy cheesecake, rich chocolate, and tangy sour cherries!

My daughter Elia, who is 20 years old, rarely cooks.  

Her specialty is mostly pasta dishes, which she loves and resorts to making some for herself whenever I cook something she doesn’t like.  

She is still in that phase of life where she hates mostly everything.  

She always complains of too much onion, too much parsley, garlic? yack, doesn’t like any “weird” spices or ingredients, meaning anything out of the ordinary and yes she will kill me if she reads my post and sees that I’ve been talking about her.  God save me, until then!!

However, she does love making pastries and if she is in the kitchen she will be making desserts.

Layered cheesecake with sour cherries image

The other day when she made this dessert and it looked so pretty, I asked her if she wanted to share her recipes in my blog but she strongly rejected the suggestion and said “You can post it but don’t say that I made it”.  

Well, I am secretly hoping that one day she will come around and see blogging with a different eye.  

At the moment I try to encourage her to get involved, in order to learn some cooking techniques, so whenever she is around when and I am cooking, I try to tell her and show her a few tips, which I hope she will remember and I also know that we humans are mimicking creatures and copy more than we are aware of.   

I know that I learned a lot by just watching my mother cook and hope that she will also learn something by the time she makes her own family, although this is at least ten years away.

sour cherries - vyssino image

Sour cherries (prunus cerasus) or Agriovyssino, as they are called in Greek, look like cherries but they are smaller and more acidic.  

I have made Glyko Vyssino (sour cherries spoon sweet), which is similar to Glyko Kerassi (cherries spoon sweet) but it tastes ten times better.  

This is the time of the year when we make some in Greece, as it is sold in the farmers’ markets and supermarkets but you will never find wild sour cherries there.    T

his one comes from Pelion, which is located in the center of Greece, between Athens and Thessaloniki, near the city of Volos but you can also find some in places where wild sour cherry trees grow.

Sour Cherries Agriovyssino Preserve image

When we came back from visiting AB Vassilopoulos and she saw the wild cherries preserve from Pelion she told me, can I please use this to make cheesecake?  

I don’t think that I could have made it any better, don’t you agree?

The recipe and food styling is her own and the only thing I did was to take the photographs.

Ingredients needed to make this No bake Sour Cherries Cheesecake (agriovyssino)

  • Digestive biscuits 
  • Butter
  • Couverture chocolate
  •  Cream cheese
  • Icing sugar
  • Heavy cream
  • Vanilla extract
  • Sour cherries preserve
  • Chocolate shavings
  • Fresh mint leaves (optional)
Sour Cherries Agriovyssino Cheesecake image

Here are two more recipes I made with these Greek products: A Dakos salad with Apricots and a Fava and Bulgur Pie.

Dakos salad with apricots and bulgur pie image
Cheesecake top with sour cherries image

No bake Sour Cherries Cheesecake (agriovyssino)

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour

This Sour Cherries Cheesecake (called agriovyssino, in Greek) is easy to make and you will certainly enjoy the delightful combination of creamy cheesecake, rich chocolate, and tangy sour cherries!


  • 1 packet low fat Digestive biscuits 
  • 1 tsp butter, melted
  • 125 grams couverture chocolate, (half will be melted)
  •  700 grams (2 packages) low fat cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tbsp (or more) icing sugar
  • 250 ml heavy cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 jar (450 grams) agriovyssino (sour cherries) spoon sweet
  • Chocolate shavings
  • Fresh mint leaves (optional)


    1. Prepare Chocolate Shavings: Use a vegetable peeler to make chocolate shavings from half the chocolate. If the weather is warm, store them in the refrigerator.
    2. Melt Chocolate: Melt the remaining chocolate in a double boiler. Add the melted butter and mix well.
    3. Make Biscuit Base: In a food processor, crumble the biscuits. Combine the crumbs with the melted chocolate mixture and stir until the crumbs are evenly coated and wet. Set aside.
    4. Prepare Cheesecake Mixture: In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese with a hand mixer until fluffy. Gradually add the vanilla extract, icing sugar, and heavy cream. Beat until the mixture is smooth. Taste and add more sugar if a sweeter flavor is desired.
    5. Assemble the Cheesecake: In serving glasses, create a base layer with the chocolate biscuit crumbs. Add two heaped tablespoons of the cream cheese mixture on top, followed by one teaspoon of the sour cherries. Repeat these layers once more.
    6. Chill: Refrigerate the assembled cheesecakes for at least one hour.
    7. Serve: Top each cheesecake with a heaped tablespoon of sour cherries, a sprinkle of chocolate shavings, and a few fresh mint leaves.
    Nutrition Information
    Yield 6 Serving Size 1
    Amount Per Serving Calories 732Total Fat 63gSaturated Fat 38gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 19gCholesterol 172mgSodium 409mgCarbohydrates 34gFiber 2gSugar 27gProtein 11g

    "These values are automatically calculated and offered for guidance only. Their accuracy is not guaranteed."

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    Miranda Ausbury

    Monday 3rd of September 2012

    Cheesecakes are sinfully delicious. They will surely increase your cholesterol level but they offers a heavenly taste. Yesterday, while I was strolling at the mall, I've seen a shop selling wholesale Desserts at a low price. I bought three boxes of cheesecakes for myself.


    Thursday 12th of July 2012

    Your daughter sounds exactly like my son! Her dessert is simply beautiful! And if you saw that I recently posted a similar dessert you will know how much I love this combination - the cheesecake filling with cherry sauce. Beautiful!


    Sunday 8th of July 2012

    That is an awesome dessert! Love it :-)

    Peter G

    Wednesday 4th of July 2012

    You should be proud of your daughter Ivy...this cheesecake looks amazing. Say a big thank you to her from me! The chocolate and cherries are a classic combination.

    Lori Lynn

    Tuesday 3rd of July 2012

    Oh, she'll probably have her own food blog, maybe it will be 10 years though... The dessert looks fabulous, love the pairing of chocolate and cherries. In fact, that whole meal looks terrific. LL

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