Monday, June 13, 2011

White Chocolate Lemon Cheesecake w/Blueberry Sauce

                                                      Refreshing & Delicious


I've been wanting to make another cheesecake and of course it's the most fun when it's a new and different one, so I went on a cheesecake hunt and found this one in a Taste of Home Magazine from several years ago. I would never really have thought of combining lemon and white chocolate but the combo intrigued me and I decided to add the blueberry sauce because I like the colors and flavors together. Another feature that drew me in about this one was the shortbread crust. mmmmm, lemon and shortbread! Can't go wrong there! It turned out perfectly delicious! I will definitely make this one again!

For the crust:




1¼ cups all purpose flour
2 Tablespoons powdered sugar
1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
½ cold unsalted butter

For the cheesecake:


4 packages (8 ounces each)
cream cheese, room temp.
1¼ cups sugar
2 Tablespoons all purpose flour
2 Tablespoons lemon juice
2 Tablespoons heavy whipping cream
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 eggs, room temp.
10 ounces white chocolate, melted
2 teaspoons grated lemon peel

Place a 9 inch Springform pan on a double thickness of heavy duty foil and wrap securely around the pan; set on a baking sheet and set aside. ( I think I'll consider skipping the foil the next time since I didn't water bath bake this one.)
In a small bowl, combine the flour, powdered sugar, and lemon peel;cut in butter until crumbly. If you have been reading my blog for a while you will know the trick to making this step easy. I always grate the cold butter into the flour mixture



and then use a pastry cutter to achieve the crumbles.


Makes this step SO easy!

Press onto the bottom and 1 inch up the sides of the prepared pan.



 Bake at 325° for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack.

In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugar, flour, lemon juice, cream, and vanilla until well blended.


 Add eggs one at a time


 beating only until blended after each addition. Scrape down sides as needed for even mixing.


 DO NOT OVER BEAT!! If you do you have reason to anticipate a cracked finished product.

 Stir in white chocolate and lemon peel.


Pour into crust and spread evenly.


Here I deviated from the original when it called for a water bath bake. I don't like to do that and have found that setting the Springform pan on a baking sheet and baking the cheesecake at a lower temperature and allowing cooling time IN the oven with the door propped open works just fine and you don't have the water hassle.

This is what I did; remove the foil from the pan, set pan on a baking sheet and bake at 300° for 65-70 minutes. Turn oven off, prop door open with a wooden spoon handle and allow to cool IN the oven for another 60 minutes. Remove from oven and cool for ten minutes on a wire rack then carefully slide a sharp knife around the edges to loosen the cake part that isn't in the crust. This also helps to avoid the unsightly cracks that sometimes occur. Allow to cool completely then cover with a smooth dish towel and refrigerate over night or until thoroughly chilled.

Remove from the pan, garnish and serve with Blueberry Sauce.


For the Sauce:
12 ounces frozen blueberries
2 cups water

Clear jel or cornstarch
enough water to dilute

1/3 cup sugar
1 cup fresh blueberries

Heat water and blueberries until berries are soft. Put through a sieve, reserving juice and discarding pulp.


Return juice to a saucepan and add sugar. Return to a boil . Meanwhile mix and clear jel or cornstarch with enough water to dilute and stir until until smooth. When liquid comes to a boil slowly add the cornstarch/clear jel mixture, whisking until smooth. Add fresh blueberries and stir gently.


 Cool completely undisturbed to avoid breaking the berry skins. Enjoy!

Linking to:
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A Little Birdie Told Me
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Wicked Awesome Wednesday
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28 comments:

  1. Oh, my God, it looks SO scrumptious, I love it!

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  2. Yum! I'm a sucker for cheesecake. I don't think there's a cheesecake out there that tastes bad.

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  3. This looks over the top divine!

    I am such a sucker for Cheese Cake.

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  4. Hopped over from liz's blog and i love the way you plated that dish!!!!

    Very very beautiful!
    Thanks
    Leontien
    www.fourleafcloverdairy.blogspot.com

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  5. This cheesecake looks awesome! I'm definitely bookmarking this!

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  6. I am loving cheesecakes at the moment; and yours is really reminding me of that craving!! Gosh, I just love your presentation with those blueberries dripping down the sides. Spot on! So smooth and dense!

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  7. Beautiful plating and food styling! Makes me want to grab a fork right away.

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  8. Mmmm. That is my kind of dessert - it looks terrific.

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  9. Lemon cheesecake with blueberry sauce? Yes, please! Great combo of flavors!

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  10. Such a gorgeous cheesecake...you sold me with the white chocolate, YUM! So artfully decorated~

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  11. I bet your house smelled sooo good!! Pretty cheesecake! Thanks for linking up to 2 Maids a Baking!!

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  12. That looks so delightful. I will have to attempt it someday.

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  13. This could be Fathers Day Dessert!
    I do love all these flavors, especially the addition of the blueberry sauce. Everything is better with blueberries!

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  14. That cheesecake is a work of art!
    Lemon and white chocolate is an interesting combo, but I find that the combinations that sound the strangest sometimes end up being my very favorites!

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  15. You always make such delicious looking dishes! Thanks for linking this to Wicked Awesome Wednesday.

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  16. This looks wonderful. I love the lemon with blueberry combo!!

    Thanks for linking up to Foodie Friday. I hope to see you again next week!!

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  17. Congrats! You were in the top 6 in this week's themed bakers sunday! Come back for this next theme: Citrus! This includes: Lemon, Lime, Orange, Grapefruit!
    Also, Enter to win my Free Giveaway!!!
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    Alyssa

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  18. This looks so good! Would you come over to my link party tomorrow and share your recipes with us at Cast Party Wednesday? http://www.ladybehindthecurtain.com
    I hope to see you there!

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  19. Thank you so much for linking up to “A Little Birdie Told Me…” at Rook No. 17 last week! I apologize for the belated visit…this week has been a real beast disguised in fondant and frosting.

    Your cheesecake looks like absolute perfection!! I love the shortbread crust especially! All-around, a wonderful recipe!

    Jenn

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  20. Very interesting the shortbread crust, I need to give this recipe a try as it looks delish! Thanks for sharing.

    Lisa~~
    Cook Lisa Cook

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  21. Looks so yummy! I featured it today at my Delightfully Inspiring Thursday Party. Feel free to stop by and grab a button, if you'd like.

    http://delightfulorder.blogspot.com/2011/06/delightfully-inspiring-link-party-17.html

    DaNita

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  22. Oh how i Love cheesecake! These flavors sound amazing.

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  23. Oh my hubby would just love this (as would I!)! The combo of the lemon with the chocolate sounds incredible. Thanks so much for sharing this at the Blogger Block Party!
    Vanessa

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  24. Thanks for sharing your yummy cheesecake recipe with us at Cast Party Wednesday. I hope you come back and visit us tomorrow.
    Thanks again.
    I hope to see you there!

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  25. Thank you for linking up to Sharing Sundays Chocolate. This weeks theme is BERRIES. Please stop by and link up your favorite Berry recipes.

    Ellen

    http://everydaysisters.blogspot.com

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  26. This looks heavenly. any recipes for lemon ice box pie?!

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