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.
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.
It chills for a few hours and then it is ready to go!
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.
It was still a little chunky because of the actual blueberries so it needed to be put through a strainer.
Pouring this delicious blueberry sauce on top of a slice of cheesecake made it complete.
And yes the blueberry sauce is enough for a topping for most people. But I always need to have whipped cream.
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!