Ok… weddin’ and honeymoon are over, so back to business!!! It is a weird feeling that I have time to actually think about something other than dresses, decor, menus, signature cocktails, music, etc. Its time to start focusing on something else and get our life back to normal. Being back in the kitchen is just what I need. We also received so many amazing kitchen related wedding gifts from our generous friends and family that I just can’t wait to use it all and serve you all up cute things!!!
My bestest friend out here is moving to another country in a few weeks for love. While I am so very happy that he has found the man of his dreams (he is just so wonderful), Mike, Luna, and I are very sad. Not only are Mike and I losing our best bud, Luna is also losing hers as he will be taking his pup Yuma with him. Luna grew up with Yuma and I just know she will be lost without her best girl. Not only are we gonna miss our pal, he also helped us out so much with the wedding that I wanted to do something extra special for him so we rewarded his tummy. Generally he requests cake, but this time I thought I would change things up and surprise him with this Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake. It has been so hot here lately, that something tart and summery seemed perfect. I had never made a cheesecake before, well, unless you count Jello Cheesecake, and I was surprised I hadn’t as it was so easy and turned out great! You will definitely need to play with how long you bake it as I am sure it is different for every oven, but just ensure the top is a light brown color and you should be all good.
Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake...
- 2 cups finely ground graham crackers (I think this would also be amazing with shortbread or vanilla wafers!)
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 stick unsalted butter, melted
- 1 pound cream cheese, 2 (8-ounce) blocks, softened
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 pint sour cream
- 1 lemon, zested
- 1 dash vanilla
- 1 pint blueberries
- 1 lemon, zested and juiced
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- fresh mint and extra lemon zest for garnish
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
To make the crust, combine the ingredients in a mixing bowl with a fork until evenly moistened. Lightly coat the bottom and sides of an 8-inch springform pan with non-stick cooking spray. Pour the crumbs into the pan and, using the bottom of a measuring cup or your hands, evenly press the crumbs down into the bottom of the pan and 1-inch up the sides. Refrigerate for 5 minutes.
For the filling, beat the cream cheese on low speed for 1 minute until smooth and free of any lumps. Add the eggs, 1 at a time, and continue to beat slowly until combined. Gradually add sugar and beat until creamy, for 1 to 2 minutes. Add sour cream, lemon zest, and vanilla. Periodically scrape down the sides of the bowl and the beaters. The batter should be well-mixed but not over beaten. Pour the filling into the crust-lined pan and smooth the top with a rubber spatula.
Set the cheesecake pan on a large piece of aluminum foil and fold up the sides around it. Place the cake pan in a large roasting pan. Pour boiling water into the roasting pan until the water is about halfway up the sides of the cheesecake pan; the foil will keep the water from seeping into the cheesecake. This is important to make it bake evenly and for the cheesecake not to crack. Bake anywhere from 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes. The cheesecake should be lightly browned on top but still jiggle. Don’t worry, it will firm up after chilling, so be careful not to overcook.
Turn of heat and let cool in pan in oven for around 30 minutes. Chill in the refrigerator, loosely covered, for at least 4 hours. Loosen the cheesecake from the sides of the pan by running a thin metal spatula or butter knife around the inside rim. Unmold and transfer to a cake plate.
To make the topping, in a small saucepan add all the ingredients and simmer over medium heat for 5 minutes or so until the fruit begins to break down slightly. Leave to cool before spreading on cheesecake. I actually put it in a jar in the fridge until a couple of hours before I served the cheesecake which was nice as it thickened up as it sat. Spread topping evenly on cake and garnish with fresh lemon zest and a sprig of mint. Slice the cheesecake with a thin, non-serrated knife that has been dipped in hot water. It can get messy, so wipe dry after each cut. Yummmmmmm-yyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!!