Blueberry Cheesecake

Baked this cheesecake for my dad's birthday a few days ago. Since i learnt baking cheesecakes, i realised that cheesecakes are among the easiest cakes to bake. The only problem is that living in a small town in Sarawak, some of the ingredients are pretty 'rare' and hard to get.

The other day i tried looking for sour cream, which is one of the ingredients in the original recipe, in one for the shops selling baking supplies. Somehow the people there had not even heard of such thing and i fruitlessly tried to explain what it is. So in the end i bought a can Nestle cream for replacement. It's always in moments like this that i start to miss our dear beloved T3$C0 where we can always pop in for anything anytime. FYI, i can easily get a bottle of sour cream for less than 1 euro.

As for the base, i used to use digestive biscuits but seems like it's another 'rare' thing to find over here. I was quite reluctant to use Marie biscuits at first but i was quite surprised with the end results. The base using Marie biscuits actually tasted really great especially with the almonds. So i was quite happy with the replacement.

Despite all the 'replacements', the cake turn out quite well and the family pretty much enjoy it. I mean in this town, we could never find cakes like this in the bakeries. Just a week earlier we bought a so-called 'cheesecake' (summore with the 'price' of a cheesecake) to find that it tasted more like butter cake. Yucks! So, no matter how 'cacat' mine is, i believe it'll always be better that those we got in bakeries here. Haha.


A: For crust:
150g Marie biscuits, crushed to powder
100g butter
50g almonds slices, toasted

B: Cheesecake filling:
750g soft cheese (Philadelphia)
3/4 cup sugar
3 eggs
1 egg yolk
1/2 cup Nestle cream
1/2 cup lemon juice (actually i think this is a bit too much, unless if u like strong lemon taste in the cake)
2 tbsp flour
2 tsp vanilla flavouring
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups blueberries

A: Base:
1. Grease a 9-inch springform pan with some butter.
2. Melt butter in a pan over slow fire.
3. Mix in the Marie powder and the nuts.
4. Press the mixture onto the base of the greased pan.
5. Chill in the refrigerator.

B: Filling:
1. Preheat oven to 23o degree C
2. Mix cheese and sugar with a mixer until smooth, around 5 minutes.
3. Beat in the eggs one at a time.
4. Add in the cream, lemon juice, flour, vanilla, and salt.
5. Carefully mix in the blueberries with a spatula.
6. Pour the filling onto the base and smooth.
7. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes.
8. Lower the temperature to 90 deg C and bake for 1 hour.
9. Turn off the oven, open the door slightly ajar and leave the cake to cool for another hour.
10. Smooth a cup of blueberry filling on top of the cheesecake. Chill.

I think i'm a bit 'addicted' to cheesecakes now. Next mission: Oreo cheesecake!



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