If you love dessert and a fan of the delightful combination of creamy cheesecake and juicy blueberries, then you’re in for a treat! Today, we’re going to dive into the world of Blueberry Cheesecake – a heavenly dessert that will make your taste buds dance with joy. With a luscious cheesecake base and a tangy blueberry topping, this dessert is a perfect indulgence for any occasion.
The creamy and velvety texture of cheesecake is simply irresistible and the sweetness of the cheesecake base contrasts beautifully with the tangy blueberry topping. The burst of juicy blueberries adds a refreshing twist, making every bite a delightful explosion of flavors.
The thought of making a cheesecake from scratch might sound daunting to some, but fear not! Blueberry cheesecake is actually quite manageable to make, and with a little patience, even a beginner can achieve fantastic results.
While it requires a few steps and some baking time, the process itself is straightforward. The graham cracker crust is simple to prepare, and the cheesecake filling comes together with just a few ingredients, mainly involving mixing and beating until smooth. The key to a successful cheesecake is ensuring that the ingredients are well combined and that the cake bakes evenly.
The blueberry topping may involve a bit of cooking, but it’s not overly complex. The use of frozen blueberries makes it even easier, as there’s no need for peeling or slicing.
- Graham cracker crumbs
- Cream cheese
- Lemon juice
- Sour cream
Keep scrolling to find a full, printable recipe with a detailed ingredient list.
- First make the crust: Melt the butter and mix it with sugar and graham cracker crumbs until well coated. Press the mixture into the bottom and halfway up the sides of a 10-inch springform pan to form a crust.
- Beat the cream cheese until smooth and creamy. Gradually add sugar and beat until well combined.
- Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Then mix in the vanilla extract, lemon juice, cornstarch, and sour cream until smooth.
- Pour the cream cheese mixture into the prepared crust and smooth the top with a spatula.
- Bake the cheesecake in the preheated oven for 1 hour, or until the center is set and the top is lightly browned. Let it cool completely on a wire rack.
- Make the blueberry topping by combining blueberries, water, lemon juice, and sugar in a saucepan. Heat until it boils. In a separate bowl, mix cornstarch and cold water until smooth, then gradually stir it into the boiling blueberry mixture. Cook and stir until thickened, about 2 minutes. Let it cool, then pour it over the cooled cheesecake and spread evenly.
- Cover the cheesecake with plastic wrap and refrigerate it overnight before serving.
Frequently Asked Questions
Frozen blueberries are preferred for the topping because they tend to be juicier and hold their shape better during cooking. However, you can use fresh blueberries if you prefer. Just keep in mind that fresh blueberries might release more juice during cooking, which could slightly affect the texture of the topping.
Absolutely! While the graham cracker crust is a classic choice, you can experiment with different types of crusts. Some popular alternatives include Oreo cookie crust, vanilla wafer crust, or even a nut-based crust using almonds or pecans.
To minimize the chances of cracks forming on the surface of your cheesecake, avoid overbeating the cream cheese mixture once the eggs are added. Overmixing can introduce excess air into the batter, leading to cracks. Additionally, be sure to cool the cheesecake slowly by turning off the oven and leaving it inside for an hour after baking. Gradual cooling helps reduce the risk of cracking.
Yes, you can use a store-bought graham cracker crust if you’re looking for a time-saving option. However, making the crust from scratch allows you to control the thickness and customize the flavor to your liking.
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- ½ cup 1 stick butter, melted
- ¼ cup sugar
- 1 ½ cups graham cracker crumbs
- 3 8 oz. packages cream cheese, softened
- 1 ½ cups sugar
- 5 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 3 tablespoons lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 16 oz sour cream
- 2-3 cups frozen blueberries
- ¼ cup water
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 cup sugar
- ¼ cup cornstarch
- ½ cup water
- Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
- In a medium bowl, combine melted butter, ¼ cup sugar, and graham cracker crumbs. Press the mixture into the bottom and halfway up the sides of a 10-inch springform pan.
- In a stand mixer bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Add 1 ½ cups sugar and beat until combined.
- Scrape down the bowl’s sides and add eggs one at a time, beating after each addition.
- Mix in vanilla, lemon juice, cornstarch, and sour cream until smooth.
- Pour the filling into the graham cracker crust in the springform pan.
- Bake for about 1 hour until the edges are set, and the center is slightly jiggly. Let it cool in the oven with the door cracked open.
- Once cooled, refrigerate the cheesecake for at least 4 hours or overnight.
- In a 2-quart saucepan, combine frozen blueberries, ¼ cup water, lemon juice, and 1 cup sugar.
- Heat over medium-high heat until it boils. In a separate bowl, mix cornstarch and ½ cup water to create a slurry.
- Stir the cornstarch slurry into the blueberry mixture until it thickens to a gel-like consistency.
- Let the blueberry topping cool to room temperature.
- Pour the cooled blueberry topping over the chilled cheesecake.
- Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or preferably overnight before serving.
Cooling the cheesecake slowly in the oven helps prevent cracks on the surface.
For the blueberry topping, you can adjust the amount of sugar depending on your preference for sweetness.
The cheesecake tastes best when refrigerated overnight to allow the flavors to meld together.
Before slicing and serving, you can run a knife around the edge of the cheesecake to loosen it from the springform pan and achieve clean slices.
Blueberry Cheesecake is an absolute delight that perfectly balances the richness of cheesecake with the freshness of blueberries. It’s a dessert that brings smiles and satisfaction with every heavenly bite. Whether you’re a seasoned baker or a novice in the kitchen, this recipe is easy to follow, and the result is sure to impress anyone lucky enough to taste it.