Lime Cheesecake with Blackberry Sauce

Yield: 1 9-inch cheesecake or 6 4-inch cheesecakes

Ingredients:

For the crust:

2 cups graham cracker crumbs

6 tbsp. sugar

6 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted

For the cheesecake:

3 (8 oz.) packages cream cheese

1 cup sugar

3 large eggs

Juice of 2 limes

Zest of 2 limes

For the blackberry sauce:

6 oz. blackberries, rinsed and drained

2 tbsp. sugar

1½ tsp. cornstarch

1½ tsp. cold water

Directions:

To make the cheesecake, preheat the oven to 325 ˚F.  Combine the graham cracker crumbs, sugar and butter in a medium bowl.  Stir together until well combined and moistened.  Press the crumbs into the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan (or 6 4-inch mini springforms).  In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese on medium-high speed until smooth.  Gradually mix in the sugar.  Blend in the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.  Beat in the lime juice and lime zest until well combined.  Pour the filling over the graham cracker crust.

To minimize cracking, place a shallow pan half full of hot water on the bottom rack of the oven during baking.  Bake for 55-65 minutes or until the center is set (25-33 minutes for mini springforms).  Turn the oven off and prop the door open about 4 inches.  Let the cheesecake stand 30 minutes.  Remove from the oven and transfer to a wire rack.  Let cool 10 minutes.  Carefully remove the sides of the pan and let cool to room temperature on the rack.  Cover and refrigerate for at least 8 hours before slicing and serving.

To make the blackberry sauce, combine the blackberries and sugar in a medium saucepan set over medium-high heat.  Cook, stirring occasionally, until the berries begin to release some of their juices and the mixture is simmering.  Combine the cornstarch and water in a small bowl; whisk until smooth.  Add the cornstarch mixture to the blackberries and mix well.  Reduce the heat to medium and let cook, stirring occasionally, until the mixture comes to a low boil and thickens slightly.  Remove from the heat and press the mixture through a fine mesh sieve to remove the seeds.  The sauce will thicken slightly as it cools.

Drizzle the blackberry sauce over the cheesecake before serving.

Printed from Annie’s Eats