Blackberry crumble cheesecake

This cheesecake was inspired by one of the same name by John Torrode, but I think it’s safe to say I made enough changes to call it my own.

I took the base of this cheesecake, as the comments on the original said it had a bit too much butter. I then decided to use this recipe for the filling, as I’d been wanting to try it for a while (to see if a low calorie cheesecake can really be as good as the full fat version).

I planned to use the topping of the original crumble cheesecake, but I didn’t like the fact that I’d have less control over how long to bake the cheesecake – if the crumble wasn’t browned I’d have to leave it in, even if the cheesecake was ready to come out.

For that reason, I followed the method of the Angela Nilsen recipe (ish) and made a separate crumble mixture and berry mixture to go on top once it was cooked.

I won’t lie, there’s quite a lot of faffing around with the way I made this, but it was well worth the effort. My only complaint is that the base went a bit soggy, and I’m not quite sure why – any suggestions?

I made this for my colleague Ryan’s last day at work before moving to Wales – he was very pleased!

Blackberry crumble cheesecake

For the base:

  • 140g digestive biscuits
  • 1tbsp sugar
  • 85ml melted butter

Blitz the biscuits and sugar in a food processor until they’re in fine crumbs (or alternatively crush with a rolling pin). Gradually add in the melted butter, then press into a 9″ round springform tin. My top tip for cheesecakes is if your in has a lip around the edge of the base like mine, turn it upside down – it will make it a million times easier to get the cheesecake off later!

Bake for 10 minutes at 180 degrees, then leave to cool while you make the filling.

For the filling:

  • 300g light Philadelphia cream cheese
  • 175g caster sugar
  • 3tbsp cornflour
  • zes and juice of 1 lemon
  • 1tsp vanilla extrract
  • 3 eggs
  • 150g light fromage frais
  • 100g fresh blackberries

Beat together the cream cheese, sugar and cornflour until well mixed and no lumps remain. Add in the lemon zest, juice and the vanilla extract, then beat in the eggs one at a time. Stir in the fromage frais, then the blackberries, then pour onto the base and bake for 10 minutes at 220 degrees.

After the 10 minutes, reduce the heat to 110 degrees and bake for a further 35 minutes. Leave in the oven overnight if possible, or at least 2 hours. This helps to stop it cracking, and I also bake my cheesecakes with a baking tray with 1cm hot water in it to create steam, for the same reason (look, it works!)

For the topping:

  • 125g blackberries
  • 25g caster sugar
  • 100g flour
  • 50g butter
  • 50g demerara sugar

Heat the caster sugar with 3-4tbsp water in a saucepan. When it is boiling, add in the blackberries and cook until thick and syrupy, but with whole berries remaining.

Rub together the butter and flour to make coarse breadcrumbs, then stir in the sugar. Spread the mixture onto a baking tray and cook for about 20 minutes at 180 degrees, taking out every five minutes to mix up with a fork.

Spread the berry mix over the cheesecake, then sprinkle the crumble mix on top. Chill in the fridge overnight, then serve.

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9 thoughts on “Blackberry crumble cheesecake

  1. Thanks! I did have something else planned for the Autumnal challenge, but I suppose blackberry + crumble is quite autumnal too! I’ll see how the other thing turns out and if this one is better maybe I’ll enter it!

  2. Ohhh, wow, is it at all possible you could send me a slice of this in the post?!? I’ll pay for postage! Can’t wait for what you have planned for the Autumnal Challenge- thank you in advance for entering!

  3. Haha I was worried enough about how well it would travel in my car, not sure I would entrust it to Royal Mail! The Autumnal Challenge baking is scheduled for tomorrow night so hopefully I should be able to blog it soon!

  4. If you brush the base with egg white after cooking it could form a barrier to prevent the sogginess. Increasing the fat content would also work but it’s not very healthy is it? I will have to cook this – it looks so nice!

    • I don’t think I’ve ever heard of doing that before, but I can see how it would work! To be honest I think if you’re eating a piece of cheesecake you know it’s not exactly diet food, so maybe I could try upping the butter too!

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