Recipe by QueenofSuburbs
"I personally prefer cheesecake with a different crust rather than a graham cracker crust. Through trial and error, I have come up with this recipe using blueberries. It takes a lot of time, but is definitely worth it. Don't think about the calories!"
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packed light brown sugar
2 (8 ounce) packages
cream cheese, softened
zest from 1 lemon
Beautiful dessert that came together in minutes. I liked the shortbread crust, which was a nice change from the standard graham cracker crust - I used white rather than brown sugar and it was tender and easy to cut and serve. The filling is pleasantly sweet and nicely laced with the lemon zest. As for the topping, I found I needed to add a little water to get it a little saucier. Those who find most desserts too big for their needs, or for those who would simply like smaller sized desserts just so they can bake more often, may find it interesting to note that I easily scaled this down to three servings and prepared it in a 6" square baking pan. In this smaller version, the crust needed just 9 minutes to bake, and the filling only 20 minutes. This will yield four very generous servings, or 6 more "reasonable" sized servings.
Note: The pan used should really be a 9x13 baking dish. Sorry for the mix up.
All in all this is a tasty dessert. My only problem is that the crust is very hard and difficult to cut. Perhaps the crust should not bake quite as long. Maybe I pressed it into the baking dish too firmly. I'm not sure that would have made a difference. Also, my cheesecake was completely baked and cracking at the minimum baking time. I also added several extra handfuls of blueberries. I added enough water to moisten the sugar before making the blueberry topping. Next time I may add a touch of lemon juice to the topping as it's incredibly sweet.
I usually prefer my cheesecakes crustless but this one was delicious! Great blend of textures and flavours, although I did omit the lemon (not a fan). Really enjoyed the fresh blueberry topping as opposed to the canned version. You can taste the difference. Followed other commenter's advice to cut down on the sugar and am really glad I did! Turned out great. **Tip: If you don't want your cheesecake to crack, bake it with the oven door ajar an inch :)
I am rating this 5 stars because of a few little changes I made. I think the author may have made an error by not adding liquid to the blueberry filling. I added the juice of a whole lemon to a measuring cup, then topped it with water until it filled a half cup. Then stirred the cornstarch into the lemon water before cooking with the blueberries and sugar. When I made the crust, I docked it all over with a fork before baking so that the steam could escape and it would bake evenly, and make it easier to cut into and lift out once it's ready to eat. Because there is so much sour cream in the filling, I added two tablespoons of flour to give it more structure so it set up quicker. I mixed it all by hand so I didn't add too much air to the filling as I like a smooth, silky cheesecake; banging the pan on the counter a couple times also help the air bubbles rise to the top so it comes out smoother. I baked it at 325 for 40 minutes, then turned it to 300 for 10 minutes. Turned the heat off and opened the oven door halfway and left it for 30 minutes, then put it on a wire rack on top of the stove for another half hour before adding the topping and cooling in the fridge. This made the filling perfectly smooth, with no cracks. As written this cake is very sweet, by cutting the sugar in half in all 3 layers, this pie is out of this world good, and is a must make dessert if you have blueberry lovers to please!!
This is one of the best cheesecakes I have ever made. It is easy and it isn't over the top. I followed the exact directions on everything but the topping. I didn't have enough fresh blueberries so I grabbed out the rest of a package of mixed fruit and threw it in. Delicious! I will definitely make this one again.
didn't make the crust..just bought one.
the filling was very sweet..i'll probably use a little less sugar next time..but it was good. thanks for sharing the recipe.
I used this and took a dessert to work. Everyone loved it!
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Blueberry Shortbread Cheesecake
Serving Size: 1/12 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 12
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 308
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