Creamy, rich cheesecake flavored with a bit of lemon zest is crowned with blueberry topping in this lovely blueberry cheesecake. This is one dessert you’ll want to make all year round!
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Well, we’re officially back to school.
Now that the busyness of getting ready to go back to school is over, we get to enter the busyness of getting back into the swing of things for the school year. Plus figuring out our new routine for all of the after-school activities, getting homework done, and everything else that comes with fall.
I’m already exhausted.
For me, cheesecake is the ultimate comfort dessert. There’s nothing like a slice of sweet, tangy cheesecake, especially when it’s topped with blueberry sauce.
If you’re also looking for a bite of comfort this week, give this blueberry cheesecake a try. It’s an instant classic!
MY GO-TO BLUEBERRY CHEESECAKE RECIPE
When I am looking for a dessert that is sure to please a crowd, I head into my cheesecake recipes archive.
Cheesecake is one of those desserts that most people enjoy, especially when it’s a homemade cheesecake.
This blueberry cheesecake is absolutely one of those crowd-pleasing cheesecakes. It’s a take on my vanilla cheesecake and always disappears in a snap.
In this recipe, a creamy cheesecake filling sits on top of a classic graham cracker crust and is topped with a flavorful blueberry sauce.
Because blueberries pair so perfectly with lemon, I like to add a bit of lemon zest to the filling. If you really want to amp up the lemon flavor, feel free to spread the top of the cheesecake with a bit of lemon curd before adding the blueberry topping.
HOW TO MAKE BLUEBERRY CHEESECAKE
Through the years I’ve learned that cheesecake is one of those things that really intimidates beginner bakers. I promise you, though – making a homemade blueberry cheesecake is so much simpler than you might think!
My blueberry cheesecake recipe is made up of 3 main parts:
While the classic graham cracker crust is my go-to crust here, that doesn’t mean it’s your only option!
Using blueberry sauce as the topping means that you can make this blueberry cheesecake any time of year, since you can make the sauce with fresh or frozen blueberries. You can even freeze some so it’s ready any time you get a cheesecake craving.
Equipment you’ll need
Making your own cheesecake isn’t complicated, but I do have a few tools that I think are helpful to have:
- A stand mixer or electric hand mixer
- 9-inch springform pan
- Roasting pan
- Roasting bags or a 10-inch cake pan
The mixer makes it easier to get a super smooth cheesecake filling, which is not something that’s really possible by hand.
The roasting pan and bags are necessary for the water bath you’ll use when baking the cheesecake. If you’ve never done this before, I have a helpful tutorial on how to bake cheesecake in a water bath.
If you are still nervous about the water bath, one of my favorite tricks is to set the springform pan inside of a 10-inch round cake pan. I then set the 10-inch cake pan into the roasting pan and add the water around the 10-inch pan for an even tighter water barrier!
Making this recipe
Start by prepping your desired crust, whether it is a graham cracker crust or another type of crust.
Next, make the cheesecake filling. To really infuse the lemon zest flavor throughout the cheesecake, rub the zest with the sugar until the sugar is moistened and fragrant.
Add the cream cheese to the sugar and use your mixer to cream the two together. Add the eggs, one at a time, followed by the vanilla and heavy cream.
Make sure you scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl throughout the mixing process and make sure the filling is nice and smooth before adding it to the crust.
Pour the filling over your prepared crust, then follow the instructions for setting up your water bath.
Gently lay a piece of foil over the pan, but don’t tighten the foil. You want the air to be able to circulate.
Bake for 55-65 minutes. The cheesecake is done when the edges are set but the center still has a bit of a jiggle to it.
Turn off the oven but leave the cheesecake in the oven. Crack the oven door open and let the cheesecake rest in the cooling oven for 1 hour.
After 1 hour, remove the cheesecake from the water bath and place it on a wire rack to cool completely. Once it has cooled, chill it in the refrigerator for at least 8 hours.
Before serving, top the cheesecake with the blueberry sauce.
STORAGE AND FREEZING
Make sure you store the cheesecake in the refrigerator. It will keep for up to 3 days.
When I plan to serve the entire cheesecake at once, I will go ahead and spread the blueberry topping over the entire cheesecake before serving.
If I am only going to serve a few slices at a time, however, I add the blueberry sauce to each slice as I plate it.
You can also freeze this blueberry cheesecake if you’d like.
Cut the cheesecake into slices and wrap each slice well in a layer of plastic wrap and then a layer of foil. Place in the freezer.
Freeze the blueberry sauce in portions, either in small containers or in quart-size freezer bags.
When you want to enjoy a slice of blueberry cheesecake, let a slice and some blueberry sauce thaw in the refrigerator overnight or at room temperature for about 2 hours.
Whether you serve this blueberry cheesecake at a dinner party, at a family holiday, or at a casual cookout, it’s sure to be a hit.