If you read my blog with any regularity then you are aware of 2 things. I LOVE cheesecake and I love to post cheesecake! This blueberry “cake” cheesecake is one I discovered while on vacation on the East coast. Of course I had to run home and post it just as quick as I could. My signature cheesecake, graham cracker crust, and a SECRET ingredient. Swirled into the the cheesecake is actual cake!! Yes. You read that right. A cheesecake with actual swirls of cake mixed in. This is not only a taste treat but a texture treat as well. You will leave your palate reeling with desire for another bite. Trust me. This is one for the recipe book! Enjoy.
My Tip Friday, 6 Tips To A Perfect Cheesecake Experience will guide you to that perfect cheesecake outcome!
My signature cheesecake, graham cracker crust, blueberry and lemon and a SECRET ingredient.
- 1/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice juice from 1 lemon
- 1/2 cup milk skim, reduced fat, full fat or almond milk
- 1/2 cup butter room temperature (or spread of choice)
- 3/4 cup sugar or a natural granulated sweetener
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tablespoon lemon zest
- 1 1/2 cup all purpose flour or plain flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 4.5 oz fresh blueberries
- 1 cup light cream cheese room temperature
- 1/3 cup plain 2% Greek yogurt
- 1/3 cup natural powdered sweetener or powdered sugar
- 1 heaping tablespoon all-purpose flour plain flour
- 1 large egg
- 2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
- 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
- 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/3 cup butter melted
Preheat oven to 175°C | 350°F. Lightly grease an 8-inch round springform pan with cooking oil spray and set aside.
In a small bowl, stir together the graham cracker crumbs, brown sugar and cinnamon. Add melted butter and mix well. Press into the bottom of an 8 or 10 inch springform pan. Chill until firm.
In a jug, whisk the lemon juice together with the milk; set aside and allow to sour (making your very own buttermilk).
In a large bowl, beat together the butter and sugar until light and creamy. Beat in the eggs and zest until light and creamy. Beat in the 'buttermilk' (lemon juice/milk mixture).
Add the flour, baking powder and salt, mixing them first on top of the wet ingredients, before folding them in to combine the batter. Gently mix 3/4 of the blueberries through.
Beat the cheesecake ingredients together until smooth and lump free (about one minute on low speed).
Evenly pour half of the cake batter into the prepared pan. Pour 1/3 of the cream cheese mixture over blueberry cake layer (don't swirl it through). Pour the remaining cake batter over the cream cheese; then pour the remaining cream cheese mixture over the top to evenly cover the cake. Sprinkle remaining blueberries over the top.
Bake in preheated oven 65 - 70 minutes, until the centre is just set (it will have a very slight wobble to it). If you find it is browning after 30 minutes, tent with foil being careful the foil does not stick to the cheesecake). Remove from the oven and allow to cool for an hour or so. Cover with foil and refrigerate for 6 hours or over night.
Serve with extra blueberries and fresh fruit.
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