Cheesecake with Blueberry Sauce

Cheesecake with Wild Ontario Blueberry Sauce

Did you know that July 31st is Canada Food Day? I must confess, I didn’t either until I happened to stumble on a mention of it on another food blog. But as luck would have it, I was planning a dessert that fit perfectly with the occasion.

I’ve always believed if I’m going to invest time and ingredients in a special dessert, I’m going to go all in. This cheesecake has almost 4 packages of cream cheese in it. Not for the faint of heart :) And since wild Ontario blueberries are in season right now, I knew only they would be befitting of this special cheesecake. And let me tell you … it was all so worth it!

I’m lucky enough to live very close to where wild blueberries are plentiful. Even so, they are not cheap – $11 for a scant quart box, but worth every penny. If you’ve never had a wild blueberry, I can only tell you they are miles away from the large, cultivated ones. I love their petite size, the way they hold their shape through baking and of course, their intense, sweet blueberry flavour. And they apparently have more of that great antioxidant goodness than the cultivated ones, too. They are worth seeking out.

Don’t worry though, if wild blueberries aren’t in season, you can use any fresh or frozen blueberry for the sauce. It will still be sinfully good.

Wild blueberries vs cultivated blueberries

Wild blueberries next to a cultivated blueberry

Beyond the lovely blueberries, the cheesecake recipe was found via the New York Times where it was called “Junior’s” Cheesecake – a New York Style cheesecake, hailing from a famous New York eatery. Unfortunately, I only have a 10-inch springform pan so my cheesecake didn’t reach the great heights it would have in an 8-inch pan, but it was every bit as tasty.

True, it’s not the type of dessert you’d want to indulge in too often but for a special occasion or because it’s Canada Food Day, it’s perfection on a plate.

2 Comments

  • Gorgeous cheesecake. Those wild blueberries remind me of the wild berries we used to have growing in our area. We called them huckleberries, and they looked just like a blueberry only smaller. They were so sweet and flavorful! Unfortunately, development has eradicated most of them and it is rare to find them now. So glad you can at least have them for a price! Beautiful photos- I’ve subscribed to your feed- thanks!

  • Reply August 2, 2010

    Jennifer

    Thanks Betty. I think huckleberries are much like blueberries. I hope development never reaches our blueberries. Right now the only threat to them is hungry bears!

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