Thursday, March 1, 2012

Blackberry Lemon Layered Cheesecake

Blackberry and lemon -
 sounds fabulous together
and put them in a cheesecake base - WOW!
(This recipe came from IVillage.  I had to tweak
it a bit for it to work for me.)

This week is my Pinterest week and I had to
feature some sweets too!

My daughter in law pinned this and 
wanted me to make it.

It starts with a basic batter and then half of it is
flavored with blackberries and fresh lemon.

I have heard of Meyer lemons but have never seen
them in the store before.  Of course when I saw our
local grocer feature them, I had to give them a try.

Now of course, I am hooked and will probably never 
see them again, but they were really wonderful.

I had some trouble with the original recipe
we thought the flavor was fabulous, so I tweaked it
a little to give it another try.

Blackberry Lemon Layered Cheesecake
(tweaked for our tastes)

1 pkg. graham crackers
1/4 C. melted butter
1/4 C. sugar
4- 8 oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 C. sour cream
3 large eggs
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla, (preferably white vanilla)
1 large lemon, rind and juice
(if you have a small one, use 1 1/2 lemons)
12 oz. pkg of frozen blackberries, thawed

In food processor, grind the graham crackers until
a fine crumb, add the sugar, then pour in the melted butter 
and mix until well blended.  Spray the bottom of a 9 inch
springform pan with cooking spray and then press
the crumb crust into the pan using the back of a
spoon, or the bottom of a flat measuring cup.  
Press it in firmly and about half way up the sides.

Place the cream cheese into a large mixing bowl and
cream with a batter paddle on medium.  Add the sweetened
condensed milk and the sour cream and mix until smooth.  
Then add the eggs one at a time and beat until smooth.  
Add the vanilla. Set aside.

In your food processor puree the blackberries.  
Finely grate the lemon zest and then squeeze the
juice out.  Stir both into the blackberry puree.

Place a generous third of the cheesecake batter
into a separate bowl and stir in the blackberry puree.
Pour the blackberry layer onto the prepared crust.

Gently spoon the vanilla flavored cheesecake
(about 2/3 of the batter) onto the blackberry batter.
Spoon the vanilla batter up against the edge
of the pan so that the blackberry layer doesn't
just seep up and around the vanilla layer.

You will have a little blackberry puree left
in your bowl, use a few drops of this on top
of the batter and then run a toothpick through
them to make a design on the top, if desired.

Place in the oven and bake for 60 to 70 minutes.
The top will just begin to get brown and the center
will still be jiggly.  Carefully remove it from the oven
and let it cool to room temperature.  Then lightly cover
it and place it in the fridge overnight.

Serve it with additional blackberry sauce if desired:
Blend a 12 oz. pkg. of frozen blackberries (thawed)
in your food processor or blender.  Add 3/4 C.
sugar and 1 T. lemon juice.  
Press through sieve to remove seeds
if desired.

Cheesecake really needs to be made the day ahead as
it needs to chill and the flavors develop in the fridge.
It is even better in a couple of days if you can stand
to wait that long!

I will be posting this with


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  1. YUM...gee, who needs a Cheesecake Factory? I'll just come to your house! ;)

  2. Absolutely gorgeous and love that it's diet too! No? Ooops, my bad:@)

  3. I'm with Julie...who needs the cheesecake factory? Geez, this is gorgeous and the flavors compliment one another so well...
    love it!

  4. Looks yummy! I like the swirl of hearts. ;-)
    ~ Sarah

  5. Oh honey!!!!!!!!!!! You had me at blackberries and lemon, then add CHEESECAKE!!!! This sounds FABULOUS. I will try it, thanks for the recipe! I just posted our foyer if you want to come on over:) Have a great weekend. We are leaving tomorrow morning for a weekend getawy; a surprise party! XO, Pinky

  6. Funny you should mention Meyer lemons because I saw something mentioning Meyer lemons too, recently. I noticed Lowes selling Meyer lemon trees yesterday. I will also be watching the produce at the grocery store.

    Your cheesecake sounds great.

  7. that looks beautiful and delicious, jacqueline!! anne

  8. What a beautiful cheesecake...great color. It must be delicious.

  9. Wow! This is one I'll have to try when I'm home in Arizona with my cheesecake pans. It looks delicious - and it has two of my favorite flavors!

  10. Your cheesecake is beautiful! Aren't Meyer lemons that absolute best?!

  11. How exciting to make something you've pinned :) The last photo of that slice is gorgeous!

  12. It's almost too beautiful to eat, but I sure would LOVE a slice!!

  13. This looks amazing. Love to have a bite of that right now. Pat

  14. Wow! Yummy and diet can I resist? I will be trying this out. You always make the most beautiful and yummy food.

  15. Hi Jacqueline - I didn't read through the whole post, but the photos are fab. I can't think of a more perfect cheesecake for you to make. Looks so incredibly delish too. Beautiful... love the hearts! Pinning for later!


  16. If you have a Trader Joe's in your area you can probably get Meyer lemons there. They often carry them in produce bags of 4-5. They're perfect for lemon meringue pie as well!!

  17. I love making cheesecake this looks fabulous. I will have to try this for sure.

  18. OMGolly! Blackberries are our favorite fruit ever! Lemon I adore. This I have to try.

    I hope you will pop by to help us bring 'angel love' for a young girl who is sick.

    Thank you.
    Have a beautiful PS weekend ~

  19. I actually saw the word "cheesecake" and my web cruising came to an abrupt Gonna come back for more.


  20. I love how you got that puree to look like hearts all over the cheesecake. It would make a wonderful dessert for Valentine's Day! Lemon and blackberries sound perfect together.

  21. This looks delishious! Amazing photos too. I love things that look as good as they taste. I can't wait to try this. What a yummy combonation : )

    Danielle xo

  22. This looks delishious! Amazing photos too. I love things that look as good as they taste. I can't wait to try this. What a yummy combonation : )

    Danielle xo

  23. looks fabulous....and I like that you used frozen fruit so you can make this year round....

  24. Wow, that cheescake looks and sounds fabulous. I love the combo of lemon and berries. Happy Pink Saturday. ~Marti

  25. I want to try this cheesecake!!

  26. This cheesecake sounds AMAZING! I love your heart swirls too!

  27. I'm gonna copy this recipe like, asap! Wow, so yummy looking. Thank you sweetie and when I make it I'll post too! Lots of hugs,

  28. Outstanding! You are so talented with presentation too...the Cheesecake Factory has nothing on you.


  29. Outstanding! You are so talented with presentation too...the Cheesecake Factory has nothing on you.


  30. DELICIOUS!!!!! This quotes exactly what I thought when I saw this. what could be more mouth watering than cheescake I wonder?? I'll be at your house for dinner and I expect this cheesecake to be the dessert!!;)
    thanks, Talley


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