Yummy Blueberry Cheesecake

Yummy Blueberry Cheesecake

Delicious and creamy blueberry cheesecake with a luscious sweet-tangy sauce that brings this dessert over the top. Fresh or frozen blueberries can be used so it’s an all-season dessert.

Yummy Blueberry Cheesecake

THE RECIPE

INGREDIENTS

For the crust:

  • 18 Graham Cracker Squares, crushed (or digestives – about 10 – roughly 1 1/2 cups when crushed)
  • 1 (2.5 – 3oz) packet of Pecans or Walnuts, crushed (roughly 3/4 cup)
  • 1 Tablespoon Sugar
  • 6 Tablespoons unsalted Butter, melted

For the Cheesecake:

  • Three 8-ounce blocks/packages Cream Cheese, softened at room temperature
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract

For the sauce/topping:

  • 3/4 cup Water
  • 1 pint plus 1/2 cup Blueberries
  • 2-3 Tablespoons Sugar, or to taste (I like it sweet-tangy)
  • Zest of 1 lemon plus juice of 1/2 lemon



INSTRUCTIONS

  1. To make the crust, combine all the ingredients in a bowl and mix until evenly moistened. Press the crumb mixture into a greased 9-inch springform pan using the smooth bottom of a glass. Set aside.
  2. Preheat the oven to 325 F. Using an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese in medium speed until soft, creamy and completely smooth (no lumps). Add the sugar slowly and continue to beat until the mixture is smooth. Add the eggs one at a time beating well after each addition. Pour in the vanilla extract and beat again until just until it’s mixed. Occasionally scrape the sides of the mixing bowl to ensure that there are no lumps remaining on the side or at the bottom.
  3. Pour the cheesecake batter onto the prepared springform pan. Bake in the preheated oven for 50 minutes. The cake may brown on the edges and may even crack on the middle but that’s perfectly fine. If you don’t like the appearance of cracks, try to bake the cheesecake using a water bath. I don’t worry much about this as the cheesecake would be covered on top with the sauce anyway. Besides, the browning, sinking or cracking won’t affect the cheesecake’s taste one bit. When done, transfer the cake to a rack and cool completely. Refrigerate. The cake can be done two days ahead.
  4. To make the sauce, in a small saucepan add all the ingredients and simmer over medium heat for 5 minutes or until the fruit begins to break down and the sauce has thickened slightly. Leave to cool before spreading on cheesecake.
  5. To serve, transfer the cheesecake to a serving platter. Spoon the blueberry sauce onto each slice of cake. Enjoy thoroughly.


This recipe and image adapted from: www.manilaspoon.com

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