Vanilla and Blueberry Cheesecake

By | February 17, 2017

We love cheesecake. I’ve never made a “baked” one. To be honest, I’m not entirely sure if I’ve eaten one either, how is It different? I mean I know it’s been baked but in terms of taste? What happens to it? Why would you bake it? There’s no actual cake involved…

Anyway, cheesecake. I’d never have thought of this combination, but we had a lovely store bought one, so I thought I’d give it a go for a valentine’s day dessert (steak for main, obviously!).

I should at this point confess, I have got absolutely no idea what to do with a vanilla pod. I’d never even seen one. But, upon hearing my plan, Hunky Husband said: “there are some vanilla pods in the cupboard, use that instead of essence”. He didn’t follow this up with any instructions and was at work when I made it. So, if my vanilla podding is wildly inaccurate, please forgive, and correct me.

You will need:

  • 200g Digestive biscuits
  • 100g Melted butter
  • 200ml Double cream
  • 250g mascarpone cheese
  • 100g Caster Sugar
  • 1 Vanilla pod
  • 100g Fresh Blueberries

ingredents

Now, you may notice that the mascarpone in the photo is “low fat”. I’m not generally a massive fan of low fat. We need fat. Fat is part of what makes things taste good. So, I’d rather have a smaller portion of full fat, than go low fat. However, I am still in that awful “my jeans don’t fit” phase, so I tried it. It does not work!! I had to start again once I’d tasted it. It’s not awful, but it just tasted like cream once it was all mixed together, not remotely cheese. So, full-fat cheese, please!!

Firstly, mash your biscuits to fine crumbs. You could do this with a food processor, but I like to bash them with a rolling pin. Much more fun.

cheesecake base

Then, add the melted butter and mix in, until they are wet fine crumbs.

Tip out into a loose bottomed tin, and press down with the back of a spoon, until you have an even, flat surface. Place in the fridge while you make the topping.

Whisk the double cream until it forms firm peaks, and leave to one side.

Now, attack the vanilla pod. I read online somewhere, in my desperate “what on earth do I do with this stick?!” googling, that if you “massage the pod” it enhances the flavour, and loosens the seeds. So, massage the pod. Then slice, lengthways with a sharp knife. Using the tip of the knife, scrape out the soft black seeds from inside.

vanilla pod

I wasn’t sure what to do with them now, so I added them to the cream and stirred in.

Loosen the mascarpone with a fork, then add to the cream and fold in, until it’s smooth. Finally, add the caster sugar. I do this in bits and taste as I go. When I make a lemon cheesecake, I add quite a lot of sugar, but this isn’t as bitter and I didn’t need as much.

Remove the base from the fridge, and pour over the topping. Using the back of a spoon, spread evenly.

blueberry cheesecake

Add the blueberries. I took great pleasure dropping them on from about 6 inches, so they sank a little bit. If you wanted it to look neater, gently press them in, at regularly spaced intervals. But I think the messy way looks cooler.

Leave in the fridge to set for at least 2 hours. Overnight is better. Or, just until you catch your toddler in the fridge, picking all the blueberries out.

eating cheesecake

Vanilla and Blueberry Cheesecake

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours, 20 minutes

serves 10

Vanilla and Blueberry Cheesecake

Ingredients

  • • 200g Digestive biscuits
  • • 100g Melted butter
  • • 200ml Double cream
  • • 250g mascarpone cheese
  • • 100g Caster Sugar
  • • 1 Vanilla pod
  • • 100g Fresh Blueberries

Instructions

  1. Firstly, crush the biscuits into fine crumbs
  2. Add the melted butter and mix together well
  3. Tip into a loose bottomed tin, spread evenly, and compress using the back of a spoon, until it's a firm base
  4. Place in the fridge
  5. Whisk the cream until firm and set to one side
  6. Remove the seeds from the vanilla pods using a sharp knife
  7. Add to the cream and mix together well
  8. Stir in caster sugar, to taste
  9. Remove the base from the fridge and spoon over the topping, spreading evenly
  10. Lightly place the blueberries on top, so they sink in slightly
  11. Leave in the fridge to set for at least 2 hours
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  • This looks amazing. I absolutely adore cheesecake! I am so with you on the full fat. Can you believe before I was pregnant I only ate low fat Greek yoghurt. Now I can’t abide the stuff after tasting the luscious creamy full fat stuff! 😂

    • Haha it’s just not the same is it?

  • Amy

    Yummy!
    My boy won’t eat cheesecake because it has “cheese” in the name, he says cheese is my pudding 😂 bless him he’s missing out!
    #foodiefriday

    • Haha neither will mine! He doesn’t like cheese, it’s probably the only thing he won’t eat. He refuses to believe that it’s nice. Still, more for the rest of us!!

  • Love a mascapone cheesecake so cant wait to try this x

  • #foodiefriday!

  • Oh yummy! I love cheesecake. I must say I have only ever made baked ones. You add eggs to baked ones so they need to be cooked. Usually they are a runny mixture that sets as it bakes then is a bit more formed and firm (I have no better description). I must make a fridge one, I almost never make cheesecakes these days because of how long the baked ones take.
    #FoodieFriday

    • Ah, maybe I should try a baked one. We’ll do a swap!

  • I’m sure a New York cheese cake is baked and it has a sponge base? I could be wrong tho so don’t quote me on that! This cake looks and sounds amazing I love a cheese cake (am eating a cookie dough cheese cake as I type this!) but I have never tried making one because I thought it would be to hard but you have inspired me to give it a go
    #FoodieFriday

    • Unbaked is easy. I can’t speak for the baked version. Just asked Husband, and he says New York is baked. But he says the eggs are in the cheese bit, and the base is still biscuit. OMG I want a cookie dough cheesecake!

  • Oh yum!! You are seriously not helping my diet!!
    Thanks for linking to #foodiefriday

  • Ooh yum! that looks fab, and easy to adapt to be Peachick Friendly too! #foodiefriday!

    • It was awesome, thanks