Monday, July 13, 2009

Sweet Melissa Sundays: Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake with Cornmeal Crumble Crust


Last week's recipe from the Sweet Melissa Baking Book was chosen by Eliana of A Chica Bakes. I'm so glad she chose this recipe! My week to choose our recipe is coming up, and I had a really hard time choosing which delicious baked good to try. I originally chose this one, and then decided against it, then felt guilty about switching, so I was thrilled when Eliana chose it! I like cheesecake a lot, but I don't luuuurve it. And I merely tolerate blueberries. Yet somehow, this recipe spoke to me. I received the Sweet Melissa Baking Book for Christmas last year, and this is one of the first recipes I drooled over. I was going to make it for a baby shower, but then it turned out that tons of people were bringing desserts, so I brought paper cups or something. Then, when I got home from the grocery store this week, I realized that I hadn't picked up any cream cheese! I bought the blueberries, I bought the mascarpone, but spaced the cream cheese. And I can really only make one trip to the grocery store a week. Anyway, better late than never!

This cheesecake is amazing. The flavors are incredible: the lemon is very present, but not overpowering; the blueberries are sweet and subtle; the crust is buttery. The textures are superb: the cheesecake is super smooth, creamy, and dense, not at all airy and crumbley like some cheesecakes; the cornmeal keeps the crust from getting even the least bit soggy. I would definitely make this again. Melissa Murphy has created yet another stellar dessert!

If you'd like the recipe, Eliana has graciously posted it on her blog. Or you could get yourself a copy of this amazing cookbook!
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10 comments:

  1. The cheesecake is a winner with my family too! I especially like the cornmeal crust.

    Yours looks great!

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  2. Your cheesecake looks wonderful. I love the blueberries spilling all over the top.

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  3. Your cheesecake looks perfect! I am going to try this one again without using the coarse grain cornmeal crust. The cornmeal added depth to the flavor and I was surprised by how well the combination worked.

    I am glad you finally got to bake the recipe that you were originally wanting to make =)

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  4. I think you may have really nailed why this crust was so fantastic - there was no way it wouldn't stay crunchy.

    Glad you liked the recipe!

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  5. Love your pictures (haha)! I was pleasantly surprised by the cornmeal crust...

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  6. It looks so good - I may have to break down and try this!

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  7. Don't you just hate when that happens and you realize when you get home that a necessary recipe ingredient is missing? I'm glad you went back for the cream cheese because your cake looks gorgeous... I love the blueberry sauce dripping down the sides!

    Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and saying hello- it was lovely to hear from you, as always! Have a great rest of your week, and I hope to talk again after the next postings!

    -Joy

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  8. Your cheesecake is gorgeous!

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  9. Great looking bread! I love it!THe cheesecake looks tasty too, nice pictures!

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  10. will you pleeeaaaassse be my personal chef????

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