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Cheesecake with homemade blueberry topping

The last time I baked a cheesecake, I poured a can of blueberry pie filling on top. Sure, it was thick and nice but the thickness was too unnatural for me and I wondered if I could make my own topping. So, I bought a pack of frozen blueberries and decided to try. The result was lovely but my kids preferred that the blueberries be a bit mushier. No problem, I said, next time I’ll simmer the syrup a bit longer.

So, did I bake a cheesecake just to experiment? No, shucks, that would be too pricey an experiment if the intention was just to satisfy my curiosity. See, my daughter has gone off to college and we only see her on weekends. When she’s home, I cook and bake her favorites. Last weekend, we had lengua (ox tongue) with mushroom sauce for dinner on Friday, homemade pizza and blueberry cheesecake on Saturday.

My younger daughter, Alex, did the cheesecake crust. She likes helping out with the cooking. She just doesn’t like shelling shrimps or touching raw meat. :)

Please note that this is a new recipe for cheesecake as well, the proportion of ingredients, baking temperature and baking time quite different from before. This cake is heavier and more dense which my family seemed to like better. The top did not crack either.

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Ingredients:

For the crust:

1-1/2 c. of crushed graham crackers
1/2 c. of melted butter
1 tbsp. of sugar

For the cake:

500 g. of cream cheese (I used Philadelphia brand), at room temperature
1 c. of cream
1 c. of sugar
3 eggs, at room temperature
1/2 c. of flour, sifted
grated zest of one lemon
juice of half a lemon
1/2 tsp. of vanilla essence

For the topping:

1 c. of blueberries (fresh or frozen)
1/2 c. of sugar
*Note that you can double the amount of ingredients for the topping

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Preheat the oven to 325oF.

Mix together the ingredients for the crust and press onto the bottom of a 8-inch springform pan. Bake for 10 minutes. Cook on a wire rack.

Take two large squares of aluminum foil and wrap the bottom and sides of the springform pan.

In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese and sugar with a wire whisk until soft and creamy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition. Add the flour; stir until smooth. Pour in the cream, lemon juice and vanilla essence. Mix until smooth. Stir in the lemon zest. Pour over the prepared crust.

Place the springform pan in a larger baking dish. Pour enough water into the baking dish to come up to half of the height of the springform pan. Bake for an hour and 10 minutes. Turn off the oven but leave the cheesecake inside for another two hours.

While the cheesecake bakes, make the topping. Place the blueberries and sugar in a thick-bottomed pan. Place the pan over medium high heat and cook until the sugar melts. The blueberries with expel its own juices and mix in with the sugar. When the mixture is boiling, swirl the pan to evenly distribute the liquid and solids. Continue boiling gently (medium heat is best) until the mixture thickens and turns syrupy. Cool to room temperature.

Take the cheesecake out of the oven and cool to room temperature. Spread the blueberries and syrup on top and chill the cheesecake for a couple of hours before slicing and serving.

Comments

  1. mija says

    hi..
    have you tried making a no-bake cheesecake? unfortunately, we don’t have an oven which makes it hard for me to look for no-bake desserts.

  2. lemon says

    Ms. Connie, is this the baine marie procedure? Do you think this would work too if I use a turbo broiler?

    With the delicious food you prepare, mukhang wed. night pa lang mapapauwi na ang kolehiyala nyo.

    • says

      Yes and yes. Turbo broiler is really a small convection oven so it’s perfect.

      Eh alam mo naman, miss na miss ko yung bata.

  3. Nash says

    Hi Ms. Connie. Another yummy-looking recipe. Do you have any cheesecake recipe that can be baked using microwave oven? I don’t have a conventional oven but my microwave oven has the oven feature so I was wondering if I can use it to bake this yummy-looking cheesecake?

    • says

      I don’t cook nor bake with the microwave, sorry. Maybe, in the future. We just bought a new microwave after giving away the old one five years ago and it’s still just for reheating.

    • janice says

      hi nash!

      the microwave we use at home has an option to be used for convection or baking and its what i use to bake some cakes, so far okay naman sya mag-bake..

  4. issa says

    Hi Connie…

    Was just reading your instructions – when does the 1/2 cup flour come in or it’s really not included? Just asking. I want to try this one although I have tried the other cheesecake recipe you did a while back. Yummy!