Cheesecake with Blueberry Sauce

blueberry cheesecake

It’s been fairly hot around here and I thought this would be a nice dessert.  The thought of making cheesecake used to scare the heck out of me.  Not sure why, but it just seemed so difficult and easy to screw up.  The reality, however, is that it’s a pretty simple and very versatile dessert.  I don’t care for cheesecakes that are stuffed with stuff, I would rather be creative with the toppings but be pretty basic with the base.  The recipe I use is pretty much no fail.  I went through a few recipes and mixed them up a bit to come up with this one.  It’s light, not super dense, so if you are looking for the ones that are like a brick, this is not for you….

For the Recipe:

1 cube of butter

2 tsp. cinnamon

30 squares of graham crackers, crushed

16 oz. of cream cheese

3 eggs

3/4 c. sugar

1 pint (2 c.) sour cream

1 1/2 tsp. vanilla

2 tsp. lemon zest, diced

Preheat oven to 325 F

For the crust, melt the butter.  Add the crushed graham crackers and cinnamon.  Press into a nine inch spring form pan (I’ve used 8 inch and it works just fine) going up the sides about an inch.  Put in refrigerator until you are ready to fill it with the filling.

Using the paddle attachment, mix the cream cheese until it’s whipped with no lumps.  Add the eggs, one at a time.  Once the eggs are incorporated add the sugar.  Add the sour cream, then vanilla and lemon zest.  Poor onto prepared crust.  Wrap aluminum foil around the spring form pan to keep water out, then place in a roasting pan (or whatever pan you have that’s big enough) filled halfway up with very hot/boiling water.  Put in oven and bake for about 50 minutes.  To test, the cheesecake should be firm but still jiggly.  It will set after it’s been in the fridge for several hours.

I topped this cheesecake with a simple blueberry sauce since I had several pounds of them that needed to get used.

Blueberry Sauce Recipe:

3 c. blueberries

1/2 c. sugar

Cook over medium heat until the berries break down and it gets saucy.

 

Super simple, right?

 

Enjoy!!!

 

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