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RECIPE: Easy Cheesecake Topping

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Make a blueberry topping for your
cheesecake with fresh or frozen blueberries.
Photo courtesy Cheesecake.com.

 

May 26th is National Blueberry Cheesecake Day. It may be hard to find a piece of blueberry cheesecake—cherry and strawberry are the popular berries toppings.

But you can easily make your own, from fresh or frozen berries. A homemade sauce is much tastier than the gelled goop into which berries are set on many commercial cheesecakes.

Then, just pick up a slice of cheesecake, top and celebrate. You can also use the berry topping on ice cream/sorbet, pancakes/waffles, puddings and other cakes: angel cake, chiffon cake, pound cake and sponge cake.

You can bake your own cheesecake and create a blueberry swirl cheesecake by swirling the topping into the batter. Here are some of our favorite cheesecake recipes.

RECIPE: BLUEBERRY CHEESECAKE TOPPING

Ingredients

  • 2 cups blueberries or other berries
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar (see Recipe Notes, below)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice or orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch, mixed with 2
    tablespoons cold water
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Zest of 1 lemon or orange zest (about 1
    tablespoon)
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    Preparation

    1. MIX the cornstarch with 2 tablespoons of cold water in a small bowl.

    2. COMBINE the blueberries, 1/2 cup of water, sugar and lemon juice in a saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until the mix comes to a low boil.

    3. GENTLY STIR the cornstarch into the blueberries, taking care not to crush the fruit. Simmer until the sauce is thick enough to coat the back of a metal spoon (about 5 minutes).

    4. REMOVE from heat; gently stir in the vanilla and zest. Cool; refrigerate until ready to use. Warm very slightly in the microwave for easy pouring.

     

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    You can also swirl the blueberry topping into the cheesecake batter. Photo courtesy Cheesecake.com.

     
    RECIPE NOTES

  • Adjust the amount of sugar to the sweetness of the berries. We don’t oversweeten, to allow the flavor of the blueberries to come through.
  • For a thinner sauce, slowly add water by the tablespoon until you reach your preferred consistency.
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