J's favourite fruit is blackberries and he is always asking for a blackberry dessert. Luckily I had a large box of blackberries from my colleague's garden in the freezer. I've made numerous crumbles with them but this time I wanted to make something a little special. J also loves cheesecake hence this blackberry, lemon and vanilla cheesecake. The inspiration for this recipe was a lovely two layer cheesecake but unfortunately mine looks nothing like that! However, it tasted heavenly and that's what really counts. I made a vanilla layer using vanilla extract and vanilla bean paste and a blackberry & lemon layer. The blackberry layer was a little tart and paired perfectly with the sweeter vanilla layer.
adding vanilla mix on top which mostly sunk to the middle, pushing the blackberry layer to the outside
Recipe adapted from ivillage.com
300mls sour cream
18-20 digestive biscuits
900g cream cheese
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
220g caster sugar
360g frozen blackberries
zest and juice of 1 lemon
- Preheat the oven to 180C.
- Melt the butter in the microwave or in a small saucepan.
- Blitz the digestive biscuits in a food processor and stir in the melted butter.
- Press into the bottom of a lined 23cm springform tin making sure that the biscuits also go partway up the sides of the tin.
- Place in the fridge to chill whilst you make the filling.
- Beat the cream cheese and sugar until combined.
- Add in the milk then beat in the eggs, one at a time.
- Add in the sour cream and continue mixing until smooth.
- Divide the mixture evenly between 2 large bowls.
- In a food processor, puree approximately 300g of the blackberries with the zest and juice of 1 lemon. Pour into 1 of the cream cheese mix and stir in the whole blackberries.
- In the 2nd cream cheese mix, add the vanilla extract and vanilla bean paste and mix well.
- Pour the blackberry filling on to the biscuit base and bake for approximately 25 minutes (recipe said 10 minutes but even 25 minutes was not enough for me - it probably needs 35-40 minutes)
- Remove the cheesecake from the oven and pour the vanilla filling on top.
- Return to the oven and continue baking for another hour or until the top is set.
- Chill in the fridge before serving.