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Photo: Lee Harrelson; Styling: Jan Gautro, Laura Zapalowski Photo by: Photo: Lee Harrelson; Styling: Jan Gautro, Laura Zapalowski

Blueberry Cheesecake

Swirl a fresh blueberry puree into the filling and over the finished cheesecake for a double shot of delicious berry flavor. Combine graham cracker and vanilla wafer crumbs for a great-tasting crust.

Cooking Light JULY 2004

  • Yield: 16 servings (serving size: 1 cheesecake wedge and 1 1/2 tablespoons sauce)

Ingredients

  • Crust:
  • 2/3 cup graham cracker crumbs (about 5 cookie sheets)
  • 2/3 cup reduced-fat vanilla wafer crumbs (about 20 cookies)
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • Filling:
  • 2 1/2 cups fresh or frozen wild blueberries, thawed
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 1/2 (8-ounce) blocks fat-free cream cheese, softened
  • 1 (8-ounce) block 1/3-less-fat cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 5 large eggs
  • Topping:
  • 1 1/2 cups fat-free sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Sauce:
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen, thawed, wild blueberries

Preparation

1. Preheat oven to 325°.

2. To prepare crust, combine first 3 ingredients in a medium bowl. Drizzle with butter; toss with a fork until moist. Firmly press mixture into bottom of a 9-inch springform pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 325° for 10 minutes; cool on a wire rack.

3. To prepare filling, combine 2 1/2 cups blueberries and 1 tablespoon cornstarch in a food processor, and process until smooth. Place puree in a small saucepan; bring to a boil. Cook 6 minutes or until slightly thick, stirring constantly. Cool slightly. Reserve 1/2 cup blueberry puree for sauce; set remaining 1 cup blueberry puree aside.

4. Place cheeses in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at high speed for 3 minutes or until smooth. Combine 1 cup sugar, 2 tablespoons cornstarch, and salt. Add sugar mixture to cheese mixture; beat well. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Pour batter over prepared crust. Pour 1 cup blueberry puree over batter; gently swirl with a knife. Bake at 325° for 1 hour and 10 minutes or until cheesecake center barely moves when pan is touched. Remove cheesecake from oven (do not turn oven off); place cheesecake on a wire rack.

5. To prepare topping, combine sour cream, 2 tablespoons sugar, and vanilla in a small bowl, stirring well. Spread sour cream mixture evenly over cheesecake. Bake at 325° for 10 minutes. Remove cheesecake from oven; run a knife around outside edge. Cool to room temperature. Cover and chill at least 8 hours. Remove sides of springform pan.

6. To prepare sauce, combine reserved 1/2 cup blueberry puree, 1/4 cup sugar, and water in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat for 8 minutes or until sauce is thick, stirring constantly. Gently fold in 1 cup blueberries. Remove from heat, and cool. Serve sauce with cheesecake.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 257
  • Calories from fat: 30%
  • Fat: 8.7g
  • Saturated fat: 4.6g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 2.6g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0.7g
  • Protein: 9.2g
  • Carbohydrate: 36.4g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Cholesterol: 89mg
  • Iron: 0.6mg
  • Sodium: 340mg
  • Calcium: 110mg
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