Saturday, February 4, 2017

Blackberry Lemon Cheesecake

Hello everybody! Mary Jane here and I confess: I love those facebook cooking videos. You know, those videos where you're looking at the food from a bird's eye perspective, or the cook's view? I LOVE THEM. I could watch them all day. everything looks so delicious!
 So I think I belong to more cooking groups than any other facebook group, and now I've passed my obsession with cooking on to my children. Behold... Meyer lemons just waiting for a delicious recipe.
Just a day after I bought a bag, I saw a recipe on facebook for blackberry lemon cheesecake. We knew we had to try it.

 The original recipe had a blackberry puree but we had blueberries, blackberries, and some strawberries left over from the summer.

Berry puree:
1 1/2 berries
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup water

Mix in a pan over medium heat, bring to a boil and crush gently. I strained mine because one of my kids wasn't thrilled with the idea of lots of seeds in her cheesecake.
 For the crust, the original called for 12 graham cracker sheets, 1/4 cup sugar, and 5 TBS butter. We upped the butter to 6TBS because it always seems dry, and added a dash of cinnamon.

2 packages of cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp lemon zest
1/2 cup sour cream
2 eggs
1/4 tsp lemon juice

So, the verdict? It was good. I don't think cheesecake can be NOT good. But it wasn't my favorite recipe. Maybe because I was yearning more for a poundcake than a cheesecake. Maybe because the lemon wasn't that strong. If I made it again, I'd up the zest to 2 tsp, or even 1 TBS. For the amount of cheesecake, it didn't seem very lemon-y.

One more shot of those delightful lemons!

Have a wonderful weekend and if you haven't picked up my newest Cane River Book, it can be found right here. And be sure to stop by my facebook author page at Mary Jane Hathaway for more news on book releases! Summer's Glory is coming SOON.
Until next time!


  1. Sounds so good! But I can totally understand if you're in the mood for pound cake. Nothing can give you that moist, buttery taste and mouth-feel of pound cake.

    I'm with you on all the recipes on FB! I love to watch those and love visiting foodie websites. My food and recipe Pinterest board is outrageous. I wish I had started separate boards for different types of food items from the beginning. It's gotten unmanageable when I want to find something.

    1. I've tried so hard not to go on Pinterest recently because it's just a huge black hole for me. I could spend hours there pinning THE WORLD. lol

  2. A couple of thoughts -

    I saw those meyer lemons when you posted the picture on FB the other day and I've been yearning for something lemony ever since. Hmmmm, what to make???

    I'm with the kid who doesn't like seeds. I avoid blackberries and raspberries for that reason. I adore blueberries, and they don't have that many seeds, but I always ALWAYS end up with one stuck in a tooth.

    Re the lemon cheesecake - I had the same thought on reading the recipe - where's the lemon flavor? It didn't seem like enough. But it still looks delicious!

    A few years ago, I was at an education conference and they served the most amazing lemon bars for dessert. I've never had any as good since. But now I want one!

    1. HAHAHA! It's so funny you mentioned seeds because I was eating some blueberries from the freezer and had one stuck between my front teeth.

      I should have noticed there wasn't enough lemon but I didn't even think about it. 1TSP of lemon juice was definitely not enough.

  3. I haven't had cheesecake in forever! And ever. What is wrong with me? And lemon anything is divine as far as I'm concerned. Now Cate has me drooling over the thought of lemon bars too.

    1. I love lemon anything, too! I even like a little grated peel on my steamed veggies. It just adds a certain zing that I can't get anywhere else.

  4. MJ, you had me at blackberry and lemon. Throw in cheesecake and, well, I'm a goner. YUM!

    Mary Cate and Kav, here's a link to a recipe I shared a while back for some of the best lemon bars I've ever tasted. Nice and tangy, not too sweet. In a word, heaven.

  5. I don't remember the last time I made a cheesecake from scratch! Add blackberries and lemon and I'm in!! Thanks so much for sharing!

    1. My oldest makes cheesecake on a regular basis, but she almost always make chocolate. It's the far and above preferred favorite in the house. I'm not a chocolate fanatic so I really enjoyed the change of pace!