Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Recipe: Vanilla & Blackberry Baked Cheesecake

Baked Vanilla Cheesecake with Blackberry

The last Bank Holiday Weekend until Christmas has been and gone, and it was a boring, rainy one. I literally did nothing apart from watch Gossip Girl in my pyjamas and drink copious amounts of tea. Oh, and I deliberated at which ridiculous Bake Off Challenge to do. THEY ALL SEEMED SO HARD. Crème Brulee was a strong contender, but I was a wimp, scared of failure. The meringue cake involved patience I did not have and then a three tier baked cheesecake tower just seemed stupid for a household of two. So what did I do? I went with the baked cheesecake, but only made one.

Vanilla & Blackberry Baked Cheesecake

I totally think this still counts by the way because; a. it is a baked cheesecake and b. I’ve not made a baked cheesecake before (I’m usually a no-bake gal) so it was still a challenge and c. if I made three, they would have gone to waste and food waste is bad. So I totally justified it.

As I was new to the baked cheesecake world I went simple; vanilla, but that was too simple, so I heated up some blackberries, sieved out the pips and swirled the puree through the top of the cheesecake.

Blackberry & Vanilla Cheesecake

When in the oven it looked, and smelt, impressive. I was excited. Then I had read it’s best to leave it to cool slightly in the oven after switching it off. So I did, and when I came back to check on it, I was saddened by a deflated, sad looking cheesecake. However after cooling in the fridge, and a dusting of icing sugar (which fixes everything, FYI) it tasted good. Not sure if it tastes how baked cheesecake should, but I liked it – and I hope you will too!

Baked Cheesecake Recipe

Recipe adapted from the Philadelphia website. 

150g digestive biscuits, crushed
50g butter, melted
175g caster sugar
370g soft cream cheese
200ml sour cream
3 large eggs
50g plain flour
2 tsp vanilla extract
juice of ½ lemon

125g fresh blackberries, plus extra for decoration
4 tbsp caster sugar
icing sugar, to dust

Preheat oven to 170c and grease and line a 20cm round tin

In a pan gently heat the blackberries with 4 tbsp of caster sugar, when liquid, put through a sieve and put the liquid to one side.

In a bowl mix together the crushed biscuits and melted butter, then press the mixture into the tin until level and the bottom is covered. Put in fridge to chill whilst you make the filling.

Beat together the cream cheese and caster sugar until smooth. Add each egg, one at a time, beating until incorporated between each addition.

Stir in the sour cream, flour, vanilla and lemon juice then add the mixture to the biscuit base.

Pour on top the blackberry puree, then swirl around with a knife or spoon

Bake in the oven for 1 hour, then switch off oven and leave to cool in oven for a further 1 hour

Take out of oven and leave to cool completely before dusting with icing sugar, decorating with blackberries and serving.

Sophie x


  1. I would not have known your cheesecake deflated. This looks amazeballs. I am a big fan of blackberries and have been putting them in everything I can get my hands on, from baked camembert to ice cream. Haven't made a cheesecake in yonks, might have to put myself to the test and make one...but only one (we can't all eat three cheesecakes!).


  2. The flavours sound incredible! x

  3. It looks delicious and I love the colours of the blackberries!


  4. Yuuuuuuuuuuuuum! Wish I'd just baked a cheesecake haha.

    Also kudos for spending hours watching Gossip Girl that is a hobby of mine too..

    Cate in the Kitchen

  5. This looks absolutely delicious and who cares if it slightly deflated? Anything that yummy looking is a result in my book.
    I have only ever made no bake cheesecakes but one day I'll bite the bullet & bake one! xo

  6. I was never a bit fan of cheesecake before now but everyone's recipes look amazing! And this combination sounds delicious :)

  7. Ah good, glad it wasn't just me that spent most of the bank holiday in pajamas. To wet and gross to do anything else!

    Cheesecake looks amazing. I have never quite got the hang of baked cheesecake!

  8. We have such a glut of blackberries I'm really tempted to try this recipe, especially to prove to myself I am good at desserts after my bru-lake! Alice xx



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