Monday, 10 September 2012

LEMON CURD AND BLUEBERRY CHEESE CAKE


One thing I would never tire of is cheese cake. I just crave for the stuff. I used to be hooked on a very dense and rich cheesecake that is sold by weight at our neighborhood Jewish bakeshop. It was so delicious and satisfying that all it took was a sliver to satisfy my cravings.
I made this recipe because I found a jar of lemon curd at the back of the cupboard. I wanted to incorporate it in a dessert and all I could think of was cheesecake (because that was what I felt like eating). The first one I made didn't have blueberries in it. It was lovely too and had a nice browned top. 



As with most recipes I use, this recipe is adjusted to my taste. I love the fresh flavour of lemons but can't take its sourness, so I the use of lemon curd gave this dessert the perfect tartness I wanted. I added condensed milk because I love the flavour and consistency it gives to baked goods. It also gives enough creaminess without having to add cream. The cheesecake took on a flavour and consistency similar to key lime pie. Blueberry puree adds a contrasting but complementary fruity flavour. Any fruit puree will go with this cheesecake base. 

This is probably the best cheesecake (for me). It is lighter yet definitely satisfies any cheese cake craving. As a dessert, it is perfect because it is not as rich and actually has a pleasant refreshing taste.


Ingredients for the crust:

1 1/2 c. graham cracker crumbs
1/3 c. melted butter
1/3 c. brown sugar

Instructions:

Combine the three ingredients and press into a springform pan. Bake in a preheated oven (350° F/180° C) for 10 minutes.

Take out of the oven and prepare the filling. Leave the oven on at the set temperature.

Ingredients for the filling:

1 c. blueberries
1/4 c. sugar
400 gms. of cream cheese
1 397 gm. tin of sweetened condensed milk
1 325 gm. jar of lemon curd
2 large eggs
1/3 c. sugar
2 tbsps. corn flour (corn starch)

Instructions:

Puree the blueberries with the sugar. Set aside.

Whisk the rest of the ingredients together until light and fluffy. Pour into the prepared crust.

Drop the blueberry puree by the spoonful onto the cheesecake mixture and gently swirl with the tip of a knife. Take care not to disturb the crust.

Bake au baine marie: Fill a baking tray that's big enough to accommodate the cake pan and fill with water to reach up to a third of its side. Bake for 50 minutes to an hour. 

Let it cool in the pan before taking off the mold and trasferring to a serving dish.

Makes 8-12 servings.



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16 comments:

  1. Looking at the photos, just dig out my craving for cheese! Much more looking at the blueberries on topping.......... I always enjoyed viewing all your food pictures post!

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  2. Love the addition of Lemon Curd....this looks divine ! I'll be sharing this for sure !

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  3. it's so hard to make a good cheesecake, but yours looks perfect!

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  4. It looks really good!
    And what I also like; you posted a cake on september 10th.. My birthday ;P!

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    1. Nice coincidence. I hope you enjoyed your birthday!

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  5. I certainly love to eat cheesecake but I've never made one. You do make it sound so easy! This is a wonderful cheesecake! Lemon curd - YUM! Blueberries - YUMMY! Together in a cheesecake - irresistible!

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    1. This is indeed a very easy to make cheesecake, MJ. I hope you try it out.

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  6. This is one gorgeous cheesecake!

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  7. I've never had a blueberry cheesecake before, but I love just about any cheesecake and this one sounds amazing with the combination of lemon curd and blueberries... I'm featuring this post in today's Food Fetish Friday (with a link-back and attribution as always). Thanks for always inspiring me with your creations...

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    1. Thanks, once again, for the feature.

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  8. Loving this cheesecake! Blueberries and lemon are the best combo ever! :)

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  9. hi! lovely recipe!
    how big is the pan for the cheesecake?
    thanks ;)

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  10. This looks so good... I love cheesecake and am now craving some and it is 5 in the morning. Found this recipe on Mary Beth's- MB things I know. Pinning it.

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  11. This sounds great. One potentially silly question, though: "Corn flour" = cornstarch (like for thickening sauces), or something like masa/fine cornmeal?

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    1. Hi Jess. Corn flour is corn starch.

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