New York Style Cheesecake with Blueberry Sauce

Cheesecake has not been my friend in the past. For one, cream cheese is my biggest dairy enemy. I can handle small amounts of butter, cheese, milk, etc but cream cheese? Forget about it. I can’t come anywhere near that stuff. So if I ever want a hope of enjoying cheesecake, it has to be made at home with dairy free cream cheese. Second, I don’t have a roasting pan or anything to use for a sufficient water bath. My last attempt at cheesecake resulted in a cracked mess of a pie that looked like a disaster, but tasted really good.

So when I added cheesecake to my 30-by-30 list, I wanted to find a cheesecake recipe that could be made without a water bath and that wouldn’t crack. I realize that you can cover cracks with a variety of toppings like caramel, whipped cream, fruit, or just about anything else. But, this is just one of those things I wanted to be able to do.

I’ve been saving cheesecake recipes all year in the hopes of finding one that would be suitable to try. Then Bridget did this comparison post. After reading through her comparison and the various recipes I had saved, I decided to go with the Cooks Illustrated version of cheesecake. Everything I’ve made from them has been delicious and the recipe didn’t require a water bath.

I decided to make a blueberry topping with the last two cups of the blueberries Hubby and I picked last fall. The cheesecake was very smooth and lucious even without the topping, but Hubby and I both agreed that the blueberry sauce really took this dessert to the next level.

I did take a few extra steps to ensure the cheesecake would not crack. The reason cheesecakes crack is because they are cooling too quickly. After the hour and a half at 200 degrees, instead of removing my cheesecake from the oven, I simply turned off my oven, cracked the door, and stuck a wooden spoon in the door such that the oven and the cheesecake cooled down slowly. After about thirty minutes, I opened the oven door to let the cheesecake cool another couple hours before finally letting it sit on a cooling rack until completely cooled to room temperature.

Now, I have to come clean with you guys. This cheesecake didn’t turn out as perfectly as I had hoped… As you can see, the top of my cheesecake burnt! The recipe says to bake for 10 minutes at 500 degrees. My oven runs hot and always has. I set my oven to 475 and the thermometer in my oven said 500 when I popped the cheesecake in the oven. I think it may have gone through a hot streak (gas ovens have a tendency to do this) during these 10 minutes, because when I turned the oven down to 200 and peaked in through the window, it had already burned. I contemplated remaking the cheesecake to get a pretty picture of the top, but I decided instead to share this mishap with you guys. It didn’t affect the taste of the cheesecake, just the appearance. But that was all covered up by the blueberry sauce anyways!

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New York Style Cheesecake

Ingredients:

For the Crust
5 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted, plus 1 additional Tbsp, melted, for greasing the pan
4 ounces (approximately 8 whole) graham crackers, broken into rough pieces and processed into fine, even crumbs
1 Tbsp sugar

For the Cheesecake
2 1/2 pounds (5 8-ounce packages) cream cheese, room temperature
1/8 tsp salt
1 1/2 (10.5 ounces) cups sugar
1/3 cup sour cream
2 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 egg yolks, at room temperature
6 large eggs, at room temperature

For Blueberry Sauce
2 cups frozen blueberries
2-4 Tbsp sugar depending on the sweetness of your berries (I used 2)
1/2 Tbsp cornstarch
1 tsp lemon juice
1 1/2 Tbsp water

Directions:

For the Cheesecake
To make the crust, adjust an oven rack to the lower-middle position and heat the oven to 325 degrees F. Brush the bottom and sides of a 9-inch springform pan with ½ tablespoon of the melted butter. In a medium bowl combine the graham cracker crumbs, 5 tablespoons melted butter, and sugar. Toss with a fork until the crumbs are evenly moistened. Transfer the crumbs to the springform pan and use the bottom of a ramekin to firmly press the crumbs evenly into the pan bottom. Bake until fragrant and beginning to brown around the edges, about 13 minutes. Cool on a wire rack while preparing the filling.

Increase the oven temperature to 500 degrees F. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the cream cheese at medium-low speed to break up and soften it slightly, about 1 minute. Scrape the beater and the bottom and sides of the bowl well with a rubber spatula; add the salt and about half of the sugar and beat at medium-low speed until combined, about 1 minute. Scrape the bowl; beat in the remaining sugar until combined, about 1 minute. Scrape the bowl; add the sour cream, lemon juice, and vanilla. Beat at low speed until combined, about 1 minute. Scrape the bowl; add the egg yolks and beat at medium-low speed until thoroughly combined, about 1 minute. Scrape the bowl; add the remaining eggs 2 at a time, beating until thoroughly combined, about 1 minute, scraping the bowl between additions.

Brush the sides of the springform pan with the remaining ½ tablespoon melted butter. Set the pan on a rimmed baking sheet to catch any spills in case the pan leaks. Pour the filling into the cooled crust and bake 10 minutes; without opening the oven door, reduce the oven temperature to 200 degrees and continue to bake until the cheesecake reads about 150 degrees on an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center, about 1½ hours. Transfer the cake to a wire rack and cool until barely warm, 2½ to 3 hours. Run a paring knife between the cake and the springform pan sides. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate until cold, at least 3 hours.

To unmold the cheesecake, removed the sides of the pan. Slide a thin metal spatula between the crust and the bottom of the pan to loosen, then slide the cake onto a serving plate. Let the cheesecake stand at room temperature about 30 minutes, then cut into wedges and serve. (Use a long, thin, sharp knife that has been run under hot water and then dried for slicing. Wipe the blade clean and rewarm between slices.)

For Blueberry Sauce
Place blueberries and sugar in a pan and heat until the blueberries release their juices.

Combine cornstarch, juice, and water in a small bowl. Stir together until smooth.

Add slurry to pan and stir to mix completely. Bring mixture to boil for a few minutes. Allow to cool to room temperature.

Recipe as seen on The Way the Cookie Crumbles, originally from Cooks Illustrated

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31 Responses to “Raspberry Curd and an Interesting Twist on a Breakfast Sandwich”

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    Sunshine — April 21, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    Thank God for the weird flavors and for not making em the only weirdo foodie out there. This sounds heavenly, and I can’t wait to try my hand at the curd this weekend.

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    yumventures — April 21, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    I am practically addicted to lemon curd, and since raspberries are by far my favorite berry I would be scared to make this, have so much left over, and pour it over everything I could eat! The breakfast sandwich also looks good, never had sweet with the eggs, but its worth a shot! Would be great with french toast, and I love cream cheese with sweet jam 🙂

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    Katie — April 21, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    Jen, that curd looks just wonderful! I LOVE raspberry!

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    hannah! — April 21, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    it’s okay to have a weird tastebud. it all matters if you like it (: i think flutternutters are weird in comparison 😛 no offense, people!

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    Pam — April 21, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    Mmm, this sounds fantastic! I’m so used to curd being citrus – this would be a nice change of pace.

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    Sarah — April 21, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    You’re not the only one! Growing up, when we didn’t have tomato soup with our grilled cheese, there was usually jam spread on it after it was grilled. It’s a weird combo that one of my parents inroduced, but it’s surprisingly good.

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    Bridget — April 21, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    Ooh, raspberry curd sounds fantastic.

    Your sandwich seems like the breakfast version of a monte cristo sandwich, and I really like monte cristos.

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    mrs. c — April 21, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    i have never had raspberry curd and it sounds yummy. I think it would taste great on french toast. i might just have to try this!

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    Joanne — April 21, 2010 at 6:13 pm

    I actually love egg and jam sandwiches! I think it’s pretty weird…but oh so delicious. that curd looks fantastic! Gorgeous color.

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    Kelly — April 21, 2010 at 11:47 pm

    Wow, this could totally solve my problem with breakfast sandwiches. I just REALLY like sweetness in my breakfast but I want to like breakfast sandwiches because egg is so filling and good for you…I am definitely going to try this!

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    Kerstin — April 22, 2010 at 4:11 am

    I bet the sweet/savory combo is yummy! I’ve never made curd for a cake before but hope to soon – it sounds so delicious and versatile.

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    Elina — April 22, 2010 at 1:30 pm

    I’ve heard of this combo before and I have to say – it grosses me out and intrigues me at the same time. Maybe I’ll get the guts to try it some day. You do make it sound delicious 🙂

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    Sook — April 22, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    Oh wow, the curd looks so beautiful! The consistency looks perfect!

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    Kimberly Alexandra — April 22, 2010 at 8:01 pm

    Funny this should come up b/c I just had a ham & egg sandwich last night and I almost always have to add strawberry jam to that! Adding raspberry curd is sure to be just as good.

    🙂 Kimberly @ Poor Girl Eats Well

    PS – that curd is simply gorgeous!

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    smellslikehome — April 22, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    ooo i think i know which cake you’ll be posting soon…if it’s the one i’m thinking of, i have to say, this curd was the best filling i could imagine for that cake. this curd was just awesome (and i’m not a raspberry fan) and yours looks gorgeous!!

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    ABowlOfMush — April 22, 2010 at 10:29 pm

    Wow that is the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen!

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    whisk-kid — April 23, 2010 at 4:12 am

    This certainly sounds like an interesting combination. I suppose it’s similar to a monte cristo, no? I’d love to give it a try!

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    A Cup Full of Cake — April 23, 2010 at 5:23 am

    I saw this recipe yesterday and immediately printed it. I made Vanilla raspberry cupcakes for a friend’s birthday and wanted to make them a little extra special. This curd is amazing. Its a little thinner than lemon curd but that was perfect for what I wanted. I didn’t want that thicker consistency. I will link to your blog when I post the cupcakes with pics and recipes to mine!
    Shanna
    http://acupfullofcake.blogspot.com/

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    ButterYum — April 23, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    I believe you when you say it tastes great with eggs. I’m not a ketchup fan, but I do like it on scrambled eggs – completely changes the flavor of both!

    I’m surprised your curd didn’t thicken after being chilled.

    Btw, tell you hubby that it’s true cheese and jelly seem like a strange combo, but well prepared cheese platters always include fruit selections (pears, grapes, etc) – they compliment one another beautifully.

    🙂
    ButterYum

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    NikiTheo — April 23, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    (1) Raspberry curd rocks, but I’ve never had a recipe for it, so thank you!
    (2) Berries are gerat on savory dishes! Every had a berry sauce on grilled rare venison meat? YUM!!!!
    (3) When I make over easy eggs, I always use toast covered in butter and raspberry preserves to sop up the yolk. So good!!!
    So you are in good company my dear!

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    Jen — April 23, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    I’m glad to hear I’m not the only “weirdo” that likes the jam/egg/cheese combo.

    I’m also surprised it didn’t thicken up more. Even this morning, it was still the same consistency and it’s been in the fridge since I made it.

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    doreeen sia — April 23, 2010 at 2:29 pm

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    A Cup Full of Cake — April 28, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    Your raspberry curd recipe is amazing!! I made it and used it for some cupcakes. I credited and linked to your blog in my blog! Thanks for an awesome recipe
    Shanna
    http://acupfullofcake.blogspot.com/2010/04/vanilla-bean-cupcakes-with-raspberry.html

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    Joudie's Mood Food — August 7, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    This certainly looks addictive, and the colour is just DIVINE! Will have to try it ….. Am curioius to see what it tastes like with egg..

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    Kelly — March 17, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    I don’t know if I’m brave enough to try this one on an egg sandwich, but I did pin it 🙂

    • beantownbaker — March 18th, 2013 @ 8:18 am

      Thanks for the pin! I hope you try it some time.

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    Courtney — March 29, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    Jen, are the amounts above written the way that you made it (doubled)? Can’t wait to try it!

    • beantownbaker — April 1st, 2013 @ 8:36 am

      I’ve never doubled this recipe before, but I don’t see why you couldn’t. Let me know how it works out for you.

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    Nicole — May 10, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    I have been searching for a recipe just like this for a cake filling! Thank you so much 🙂

    • beantownbaker — May 12th, 2014 @ 4:55 pm

      Glad to help! I hope you enjoy it 🙂

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    Stacey — May 19, 2016 at 3:05 pm

    Is it possible to make this without the added sugar? I’m trying to find recipes that are good for a cancer diet. Thanks

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