St. Louis–Style Cheesecake with Blueberries

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Hidden beneath a mound of juicy summer berries (Bopp uses native huckleberries, but blueberries are fine), a thin layer of sweetened sour cream crowns this luscious no-fuss cheesecake based on his great-grandmother’s recipe. Dollop the fluffy batter into the pan gently for the best results.

St. Louis Style Cheesecake with Blueberries Recipe
Photo: Johnny Autry
Active Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
12 hrs 15 mins
Yield:
12

Ingredients

  • 2 cups crushed graham crackers (from about 16 cracker sheets)

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (4 ounces), melted

  • 1/2 packed cup plus 2 teaspoons light brown sugar, divided

  • 2 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened

  • 4 large eggs, separated

  • 3/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons granulated sugar, divided

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract, divided

  • 2 cups sour cream

  • 2 cups fresh blueberries or huckleberries

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Stir together crushed graham crackers, butter, and 1/2 cup brown sugar in a bowl. Press mixture into bottom of a 10-inch springform pan; wrap bottom of pan in aluminum foil, or place on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake in preheated oven until golden brown, about 8 minutes. Let cool 10 minutes. (Leave oven temperature at 375°F.)

  2. Meanwhile, beat cream cheese, egg yolks, 3/4 cup granulated sugar, and 1 teaspoon vanilla in a medium bowl with an electric mixer on medium-high speed until smooth, about 2 minutes, stopping to scrape down sides of bowl as needed. Using clean beaters, beat egg whites in a separate medium bowl with an electric mixer on high speed until stiff peaks form, about 2 minutes. Fold egg whites into cream cheese mixture in 3 additions. Pour mixture into prepared crust, and smooth top.

  3. Bake cheesecake at 375°F until filling is puffed and top begins to dry out, 22 to 25 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack 1 hour.

  4. Whisk together sour cream, remaining 2 teaspoons brown sugar, and remaining 1/2 teaspoon vanilla in a bowl. Gently spoon onto cheesecake; smooth using an offset spatula.

  5. Bake cheesecake at 375°F until center is set (center will wobble slightly), 18 to 22 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack 1 hour. Place in refrigerator until chilled, at least 6 hours or up to 8 hours or overnight.

  6. Meanwhile, stir together blueberries and remaining 3 tablespoons granulated sugar in a small saucepan; cook over medium-high, stirring often, until blueberries start to release juices and sugar dissolves, about 4 minutes. Remove from heat; let cool.

  7. Run a knife around edges of cheesecake in pan. Remove springform ring from cheesecake, and transfer to a serving platter. Spoon blueberry sauce over cheesecake just before serving.

Make Ahead

Cheesecake can be made up to 1 day ahead and refrigerated in an airtight container. Top with blueberry sauce just before serving.

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