I am super excited to participate on the 8th round of Get Your Chef On Blog Series.The cooking challenge's main ingredient is Blackberries.
For this Round 8 of the series a recipe must feature the main ingredient; Blackberries for a chance to win ad space on each co-host's blog for two months. The Linky Party will go live on July 16th. The Winner Announcement and Recipe Features on July 23rd.
I decided to make a Blackberry Marble Cheesecake.
Blackberry Marble Cheesecake
- 2 cups fresh blackberries
- 3/4 cup water
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 tbsp. cornstarch
- 1 tbsp. blackberry brandy (optional)
- 1 1/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
- 1/4 sugar
- 1/3 cup margarine or butter, melted
- 3 (8oz.) packages cream cheese, softened
- 1 (14oz.) condensed milk
- 3 eggs
- 1/4 lemon juice
In a small saucepan, bring blackberries and water to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer for 5 minutes. Press mixture through a strainer; discard seeds. Cool.
Combine sugar and cornstarch; stir in blackberry puree until smooth. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Cool. Add blackberry brandy. Reserve 1/2 cup of the blackberry sauce; cool. Chill remaining sauce.
Combine crumbs, sugar and margarine; press onto bottom of 9-inch springform pan. Every chance I get, I bake my cheesecakes using my Heart Shaped Springform.
In mixer bowl, beat cream cheese until fluffy. Beat in condensed milk until smooth. Add eggs and lemon juice; mix well. Spoon half the batter into prepared pan. Spoon half the reserved blackberry sauce in small amounts over batter. Repeat, ending with blackberry sauce. Using a knife, cut through batter for marble effect.
Bake 50 minutes or until center is set. Cool. Chill.
Serve with chilled blackberry sauce. Refrigerate leftovers.
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I just loved the marbled color the blackberries gave the cheesecake. I was afraid I was going to end up with a darker color, but I ended up with a pretty "raspberry" like color.
My heart was broken after I cut the first slice... I got over it quickly after taking that first bite....
Serve each slice with the reserved Blackberry Sauce and fresh Blackberries. The combination of the Blackberry sauce and the fresh berries is divine.