Friday, May 30, 2008

LUSCIOUS IRIS GERMANICA 'BATIK' ~ LEMONY BLUEBERRY CHEESECAKE

~ Iris Germanica 'Batik'
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LEMONY BLUEBERRY CHEESECAKE

~ A luscious combo, perfect for warm weather

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Crust:

1 1/2 cups vanilla wafers

1 Tbsp. sugar

6 Tbsp. melted unsalted butter

Filling:

2 1/2 pounds room temperature cream cheese

1 1/2 cup sugar

5 room temperature extra-large eggs

2 room temperature extra-large egg yolks

1/4 cup sour cream

1 Tbsp grated lemon zest

1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

1 tsp. lemon extract

Topping:

1 cup currant jelly

3 half-pints fresh blueberries

additional lemon zest

  • Preheat oven to 350-degrees.
  • Combine vanilla wafers, sugar and melted butter. Pat into 9-inch springform pan covering bottom and 1-inch up sides. Bake 8 minutes. Cool.
  • Increase oven temp to 450-degrees.
  • Combine cream cheese and sugar with mixer until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Reduce speed to medium and add eggs and egg yolks one at a time, scraping sides as needed. On low, add sour cream, lemon zest and vanilla, Mix thoroughly and pour into prepared crust.
  • Bake 15 minutes. Turn oven down to 225-degrees and bake 1 hour and 15 minutes. Turn off oven and open door wide. Allow cake to rest in oven with door open for 30 minutes. Remove cake and allow to sit at room temperature for 2-3 hours until completely cooled. Wrap and refrigerate overnight.
  • Carefully remove cake from springform pan by running a hot knife around outside, leaving cake on bottom of pan for easy serving.
  • Melt jelly over low heat. Toss blueberries with warm jelly until well mixed. Arrange blueberries on top of cake. Sprinkle with additional lemon zest. Refrigerate until serving time.


7 comments:

Gina said...

Wow, what a stunning iris! Reminds me of swirled paint :) ..and the cheesecake ~ divine. Happy weekend Joey! Gx

Rose said...

This is certainly an unusual iris; I can see how it got its name. It's lovely.
Thanks for all the photos of the bergenia yesterday--this is another plant I'm not familiar with! I'm always looking for a little more color to add to the shade garden; if this is not an aggressive spreader, it looks like a good choice.

Ewa said...

Amazing iris. I love it. They just started to bloom here - one of my favourite flowers :)
Your Batik really rocks! :)

Blackswamp_Girl said...

WOW! And what a great name for it, too. :)

joey said...

Hi Gina. It does look like swirled paint! Happy weekend to you and your loved ones also.

Indeed the iris is unique, Rose. A fun show~stopper! Do try bergenia, especially lovely planted in drifts.

My early iris have seen their day, Ewa, and now showy bearded and other favorites are in their glory. I'm popping for a peek in your garden.

Knowing how you enjoy flower names, Kim, I agree it's a perfect name.

Anna said...

Blueberry Cheesecake is my husband's favorite---I'll have to save this!

Catherine said...

Two of my favorite things Joey~ Cheesecake & blueberries, another recipe I have to try~SOON! :) And that iris, wow, beautiful doesn't even begin to describe it!!
Also the quote in post above~about the weeds winning~ how true!!
Have a great week!
Cat