Among the many desserts one may find on the menu or buffet table, my weakness is cheesecake. I am a never-say-no-to-cheesecake person.
I am trying to recall my first cheesecake experience because I have a phobia for cheese. Smelly cheese. And based on my perception of cheese, how is it that I had the courage to eat cheesecake? I'm sorry, I can't remember. Maybe it was a Secret Recipe cheesecake.
Now, allow me to digress.
Behold my freezer. My best friend. What's lies within?
Hah! My stash of desserts. I have a freezer compartment dedicated to the sweet and decadent stuff. How's that, eh? (that's why very hard to stay slim)
These little glasslock containers come in handy when making small portions of cheesecake for freezing.
So too are little glass jars which I never throw away as they are very useful for storing salad dressings and of late, cheesecake hee... hee...
These are quite good for portion control and of course ease of serving. When you want to throw a party, cheesecake served in jars/tubs are ideal as they are easy to make (no baking required) and easy to serve (no slicing required). They are very portable too for transport to potluck parties. And since they can be frozen, they can be made ahead.
Blueberry Cheesecake in Jars
Recipe source : Phong Hong
Serving size : 7 small 200ml capacity jars/tubs
For the blueberry sauce :
- 250g blueberries
- 3 tbsp orange juice
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 1 tsp cornflour mixed with 2 tsp water
For the cheesecake base :
- 10 digestive biscuits, crushed
- 50g butter, melted
For cheesecake filling :
- 500g cream cheese at room temperature
- 200ml whipping cream (cold straight from the fridge)
- 1/2 cup caster sugar
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
1. Make the blueberry sauce first because it needs time to cool.
- Put blueberries, orange juice and sugar into a saucepan and bring to a boil.
- Lower the heat and simmer, stirring every now and then until blueberries release juices and are softened.
- Add cornflour mixture and continue to simmer until sauce thickens. Set aside to cool.
2. Make the cheesecake base :
- In a mixing bowl, mix the crushed digestive biscuits and melted butter until the mixture resembles wet sand.
- Spoon two tablespoons of the mixture into each jar/container.
3. Make the cheesecake filling :
- Using a mixer, beat cream cheese and sugar until creamy.
- Add vanilla extract and drizzle in the whipping cream while beating.
- Beat until the mixture is creamy and fluffy.
To assemble :
1. Spoon or pipe the cream cheese into each jar/container until 3/4 full.
2. Top each jar with blueberry sauce.
3. Store in the fridge to chill and firm up or store in the freezer.