I’m still soaking up every juicy blueberry bite I can get before they start to fade away for the year. One of my favorite things to combine with fruit is cheesecake (big surprise there). Whether it’s a berry cream cheese torte, a classic NY-style cheesecake with strawberries or blueberry cheesecake bars, I can’t resist the natural sweetness of fruit paired with a smooth cheesecake batter. This cheesecake pie is a quicker, easier version of full-blown cheesecake, but it’s certainly no less delicious. A graham cracker crust is topped with lemon-scented cheesecake batter, and the whole thing is finished off with a fresh blueberry topping. Pass me the pie plate, please!
For all of the cheesecake recipes I’ve made before, I had never made a cheesecake pie. I’ve seen tons of them, but I always go all-out when it comes to cheesecake, so my springform pan gets a lot of action. It’s a shame, really, that I’ve just now found out how quickly a cheesecake pie can be made. The preparation time is about the same, but it bakes up much faster and cools down equally as fast. You know what that means… a whole lot less waiting for the cheesecake to make its way to my stomach!
If you love blueberries and you love cheesecake, I can’t think of a good reason for you to not make this blueberry cheesecake pie. Do it!
Make the Crust: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a bowl, whisk together the graham cracker crumbs, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt. Drizzle in the melted butter and toss together with a fork until all of the crumbs are evenly moistened. Press into a 9-inch pie plate. Bake for 8 minutes. Place on a wire rack and cool completely. Reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees F.
Make the Cheesecake Filling: Using an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add the eggs, lemon juice and vanilla extract, and beat on medium-low speed until smooth and creamy and no lumps remain. Pour the filling into the prepared crust and bake for 25 minutes, or until set (the top shouldn't be browned at all). Place on a wire rack and allow to cool to room temperature, then refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
Make the Blueberry Topping: Combine the blueberries, ½ cup water and sugar in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, then cover, reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring once. Uncover, stir in the cornstarch mixture, increase the temperature to medium and bring to a boil. Boil, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature. Spoon topping over chilled cheesecake pie. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving. Cover and refrigerate leftovers for up to 5 days.