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    Fourth of July Cheesecake Rose's Alpha Bakers 

    Today's post is Fourth of July Cheescake 'The Baking Bible' or "how I can wreck an amazing cheesecake with bad blueberries'

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    Ahhh I know better, I do, I do, don't use fruit/veg out of season.  And yet I went ahead and used the most expensive and awful winter blueberries with glass half full "oh, maybe it will be ok" mentality. It wasn't, ok that is.

    But, but, but it was the Fourth of July bake and kind of had to be (well did) have to be red, white and blue.

    I tasted the fresh blueberries, a locally grown winter crop. I was sad, they were bad (so I say apparently chanelling my inner Dr. Suess), that's when I decided to halve the recipe. Because we all know half a bad tasting blueberry topping is better than a full size???? Yep, I know doesn't make sense but at the time...

    "Hmmm" (this was me thinking), I don't have a half sized cheesecake pan, ok I would go with the mini cheesecake size like what I used for the Stilton Cheesecakes a few weeks ago... then I'd have the cooking time too.

    Divided (with a calculator, don't judge!!)

    Half the recipe makes exactly twelve mini cheesecakes. I prepared the pan, shortening on bases, disc of non stick baking paper and cooking spray the sides.

    exactly 12

    Half the red velvet cake batter ready to spread/baked in a flattish pan.

    I used a cookie cutter to cut cheesecake bases.

    Followed the rest of the recipe as in the full sized cheesecake by brushing bases with raspberry jam. Joined the base to the cake, made the dreamy creamy white chocolate frosting.

    Blueberries were bitter, yet tasteless with an "accidentally ate a garden weed" after taste. I made a compote with some of the blueberries hoping for sugar magic, there was no magic :( Now had blueberry compote that matched the fresh berries, it was bitter, yet tasteless with an "accidentally ate a garden weed" after taste.

    I spooned some compote onto frosted cheesecakes and topped with three whole berries (I only had 12 berries left whole) and got a friend to taste (keeping in mind I already knew berries were bad but there is always hope taste tester will love it!!!!)... yep, they didn't love it. A smiley face when they tasted the cheesecake and a "pulled face" when they got to berries.  

    Good news only enough berries for four cheesecakes and taste tester was appeased by taking the "naked" remaining cheesecakes home.  

    The cheesecake it's self is amazing, rich yet light in texture. The recipe is unusual with a higher proportion of sour cream to cream cheese and it's many egg yolks what you have is a "custard" a "cheesecake custard". A definite do again, ummm when it's summer here and blueberries are in season. 

    Australia Day is January 24th and our flag is red, white and blue too... perfect cheesecake for our summer celebration. 

    To see the full sized cheesecake with it's lovely blueberry topping 'Faithy' one of the other alpha bakers version here 

    Happy Baking :)

    How it works... now I've joined the fabulous existing alpha bakers, once a month I will post about what bread I have baked from Rose Levy Beranbaum's 'The Baking Bible'. This won't include the recipe due to copyright and publisher restrictions however, I will be posting how it went and photos of making/baking the gorgeous baked goods.

    The Baking Bible  is available from Amazon and all discerning book stores.

    Would I bake again? Yes, I want my step son (a passionate cheesecake lover) to try it. Definetly for Australia day too, the light texture is surprising and sure to be a hit. 

    Would I change anything? I will invest in a half sized cheesecake pan... American cheesecakes are huge compared to what we usually have here.  

    You might also be interested in making a fondant raven or crow for Poe

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    Reader Comments (10)

    Love the mini cheesecakes! You did a fantastic job! As for the out of season berries--oh well, we live and we learn. But I may have to get one of those pans, I do love the look of the individual cheesecakes. Happy baking and come see my cheesecake at

    July 7, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMichele

    Thank you Michele … I love that pan! I've made mousse cakes and frozen it with semifreddo's too :)

    July 7, 2015 | Registered CommenterThe Lone Baker

    Too bad about the blueberries! They look so good, though. I've done that kind of magical thinking too (maybe no one will notice that the berries taste like weeds) and it never does work.

    July 7, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMarie

    Lol Marie :) you're right it never does work and you say to yourself that you will never do it again until……………………… ha ha until one day you do it again!

    July 7, 2015 | Registered CommenterThe Lone Baker

    i hate using out of season fruit, too. such a bummer about your blueberries, but good to know it only "ruined" a few of your gorgeous mini cheesecakes.

    July 8, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterevilcakelady

    Love how you did these mini cheesecakes. It's a good lesson to always use the freshest ingredients.

    July 8, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMendy

    Thank you so much Jennifer and Mendy :) Dubious that out of season summer fruits are even sold in winter…but I guess there is always someone *ahhhh hmmm* that will be silly enough to buy them.

    July 8, 2015 | Registered CommenterThe Lone Baker

    Your little cakelets so cute!! I want the cheesecake pan now. I didn't buy when I saw it on sale last last week. Now I am regretting it. lol!

    July 8, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterfaithy

    Haha I laughed out loud and scared the cat at the 'accidentally ate a garden weed'. My blueberries were a bit sour but they were so expensive I only bought one small punnet so they were drowned out by the cheesecake. Your cakes look absolutely perfect, I love the mini size and your patience in putting them together.

    July 9, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterCatherine

    Thanks Catherine, glad were blueberries were at least edible… good choice the whipped cream and a few berries… and the title of your cheesecake made me laugh :D

    Faithy… next time you see on sale perhaps… I've made mini victoria sponges in it too… like straight sides, cleaner and more modern.

    July 9, 2015 | Registered CommenterThe Lone Baker

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