Mini Blueberry Cheesecake

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I’m not sure why but I always though that cheesecakes are complicated and that’s why I tried avoiding them, although I just love cheesecakes, I mean, who doesn’t?

So I decided to take advantage of the fact that these past few days were a Jewish holiday that focuses on eating dairy (“Shavuot”) and dived in, into cheese that is.

As usual, I made up my mind to use whatever I had in my fridge or freezer and luckily, I had blueberries. Now, when it comes to blueberries I admit, I’m like a child, I just love coloring food with them, wondering how purple my food would turn out. So I added the blueberries to the cheese and played around with the ingredients. The result was a great cheesecake with a nice crisp bottom and cheesy soft top. Of course I also made it in mini cheesecake form using my silicon muffin pan because well…I just don’t seen to have enough space in my fridge to store a whole cake. And to be honest, mini cheesecakes look so much better and are consumed so much faster.

 

Mini Blueberry Cheesecake with berries

 

Mini Blueberry Cheesecake
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Cheese, Sweet
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Serves: 12 Mini Cakes
 
Great mini cheesecakes. They look so decadent yet easy to make and taste delicious. Next time you want to impress your friends, make these.
Ingredients
For the cheese batter:
  • 250gr Cream Cheese (I used Philadelphia Light)
  • ½ cup Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • ½ tsp Vanilla Extract
For Blueberry layer:
  • ¼ cup Frozen (or Fresh) Blueberries
  • 1 tbsp White Sugar
For cake bottom:
  • 100gr (1 cup) Graham Cookies – Diced in food processor
  • 50gr Butter – Melted
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F (175C)
Make the graham cookie bottom:
  1. Mix diced cookies with melted butter until crumbs are fully coated with butter
  2. Grease muffin pan (each cup) with butter
  3. Divide mix evenly between 12 muffin cups in the muffin pan and tighten mix in each cup (I used the bottom of a glass to push the mix all the way down)
Make the cheese batter:
  1. Beat cream cheese, sugar, eggs and vanilla all together until smooth
  2. Remove ½ cup from cheese batter and set aside in a small bowl
Make the blueberry layer:
  1. In a small saucepan heat up blueberries and sugar over medium heat.
  2. Stir consistently until the mix thickens (5-7 minutes)
  3. Once a bit thick (should have a syrup consistency) remove from heat
  4. Add the fluids only to the ½ cup cheese batter you set aside earlier and mix together until even.
  5. Divide the blueberries left in the saucepan between the muffin cups. Place 1-2 (or whatever number of blueberries you have per cup) blueberries on each graham cookie layer in the muffin cups; Place in the middle.
Assemble the cakes:
  1. Dividing evenly, pour some of the purple cheese-blueberry batter you made into each muffin cup, on top of the blueberries.
  2. Gently, pour some of the white cheese batter (dividing evenly) on top of the purple cheese batter.
  3. Place in preheated oven for 20 minutes or until cake centers are almost set.
  4. Remove from oven and serve as is or upside down with the crumb layer being on top.
Notes
**These mini cakes can also be baked using muffin paper cups.

 

Mini Blueberry Cheesecake with berries