Eliana, from A Chica Bakes, chose this weeks recipe--Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake with Cornmeal Crumble Crust. Dave and I love cheesecake, so I knew that this recipe would be a big hit. This is a really big cake; there is 2 1/2 pounds(!) of cream cheese/mascarpone in the filling. The crust is unusual in that it uses cornmeal instead of graham crackers. The topping is made of blueberries that have been briefly cooked with sugar and lemon.
I accidentally grabbed a 10-inch springform pan when I started the cheesecake instead of the specified 9-inch pan, so my cheesecake was a bit thinner than it should have been. Also, I didn't have a large enough roasting pan to make a water bath, so I covered the bottom of the springform with a couple layers of foil (recycle!) and I also used a baking sheet in hopes that I would get even baking. Fortunately, the cheesecake baked up perfectly, though it was a bit more browned than it would have been with a water bath. I used raspberries instead of blueberries for the topping as the raspberries looked gorgeous at the store. Also, I did not cook the topping since I love fresh berries best just as they are. Instead, I melted some seedless raspberry jam and drizzled that over the top of the cake and the berries. I also added a sprinkle of sanding sugar.
The cheesecake was fantastic. The filling has a nice lemon taste and the crust is crunchy and not too sweet. I was happy with my topping as the fresh raspberries were perfectly ripe and bursting with flavor. The little bit of crunch from the sanding sugar went really well with the creamy cheesecake and the juicy berries.
Since this was one mammoth cake, I sent most of it with Dave to share with his National Guard unit. Supposedly, it was a huge hit!
Please see Eliana's blog for the complete recipe: http://www.achicabakes.com/2009/07/sweet-melissa-sundays-lemon-blueberry.html
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