Lemon Cheesecake with Blueberry Sauce

We are already a week past Labor Day.  It’s crazy.  I thought August was never going to get here because my baby girl was due to arrive.  And now she is almost a month old!  Now I need time to slow down.

Anyway, while I was in the hospital with a sleeping baby and my husband out getting a bite to eat, I decided I needed to buy myself a new cookbook.  I did just give birth so it was well deserved.  And since I seem to be on a no-bake dessert kick, I got Bakeless Sweets.

For a little Labor Day cookout at my parents, I made a lemon cheesecake with blueberry sauce from my new cookbook.  I like that this is a no-bake cheesecake because making a real cheesecake in the oven is very intimidating to me (and quicker!).  I tend to avoid the recipes that call for changing oven temperatures, leaving the oven door open, etc.  I don’t trust my oven.  I don’t trust myself and would probably over bake it.  I will try it though…eventually.

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 The cheesecake filling consists of fresh lemon juice and zest, powdered sugar, cream, vanilla, gelatin, and of course cream cheese.  It goes into a graham cracker crust of a 9 inch spring form pan.

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It chills for a few hours and then it is ready to go!

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Lemon and blueberry are two flavors that go great together and this is no different.  The cookbook has a blueberry sauce recipe but I did something different.  I had a fairly new open jar of blueberry jam that we canned last summer.  I put the jam in a saucepan over low to medium heat and stirred it until it started to turn into the consistency of a sauce.  I added a little water to help it smooth out.

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It was still a little chunky because of the actual blueberries so it needed to be put through a strainer.

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Pouring this delicious blueberry sauce on top of a slice of cheesecake made it complete.

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And yes the blueberry sauce is enough for a topping for most people.  But I always need to have whipped cream.

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This cheesecake was a great dessert to wrap up the unofficial end of summer. It is very light and the lemon flavor is just enough; not overpowering. 

It is time to now switch gears and start thinking about apples and pumpkins!

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