Very Berry Cheesecake

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You may  not believe it when I tell you this, but I’ve never made a traditional cheesecake before this one.  Maybe it’s because I’m not actually a fan of cheesecake… or cream cheese for that matter.  I know, I must be nuts!

Very Berry Cheesecake with Chocolate Oreo Crust | JavaCupcake.com

It really wasn’t until I went to Disneyland Paris and was served a mini cheesecake with my dinner that I started to think differently about cheesecake.  This cheesecake had a thick graham cracker crust, a sweet creamy center and was covered in a raspberry sauce that was insanely good.  All three together was amazing!

So, when I was invited to be a part of National Cheesecake Day with some of my food blogging friends I figured this would be the perfect opportunity to make my very first traditional cheesecake! A Very Berry Cheesecake!

Very Berry Cheesecake with Chocolate Oreo Crust | JavaCupcake.com

Because I love chocolate and the commissary finally started carrying chocolate creme OREOs, I decided I wanted this cheesecake to have a chocolate crust.  Seriously, who doesn’t love a chocolate cookie crust?  And then to top the cheesecake, I wanted to try and replicate the tart, sweet flavor of the berry sauce that I had on the cheesecake in Paris, so I made a chunky raspberry & strawberry sauce to pour over each serving of cheesecake.

The filling of the cheesecake comes from a recipe I found on Simply Recipes.  I’m not even going to rewrite the recipe for you, I’m just going to let you head on over there and use their directions and tutorials.  It’s amazing.  Simply Recipes has provided a lot of pictures and very simple instructions.  I felt confident as a first time maker of cheesecake that I could “get it right” with this recipe! The only difference is that I used a 10in springform pan instead of the 8in or 9in their recipe calls for.

Very Berry Cheesecake with Chocolate Oreo Crust | JavaCupcake.com

I really wanted each bite of cheesecake to have the flavor from the berry sauce, because to me that was the best part of the cheesecake… the contrast between the creamy smooth of the cheesecake and the tart and sweet of the fruit.  Add the crunch of the crust and WOAH… perfection.

I think that this cheesecake has made me a believer.  A cheesecake believer, that is!

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Very Berry Cheesecake
 
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Serves: 1 10in cheescake

Ingredients
Crust
  • 25 chocolate cream OREO cookies
  • 3 Tbsp sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 7 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
Filling
Topping
  • 4 cups fresh raspberries
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 2 Tbsp vanilla
  • pinch of salt
  • Fresh raspberries, blackberries and blueberries

Instructions
Crust
  1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
  2. In your food processor, pulse the cookies until you have a finely ground consistency.
  3. Pour in the sugar, salt and melted butter. Pulse again until a dough forms. Scrape the sides and bottom of the processor to make sure everything has been incorporated.
  4. Prepare your springform pan according to the directions found in this recipe from Simply Recipes .
  5. Press the cookie mixture evenly into the bottom of the prepared 10in springform pan.
  6. Bake for 13 minutes. Remove from the oven to cool.
  7. Reduce heat in the oven to 325F degrees.
Filling
  1. Prepare, bake and chill the cheesecake according to the instructions on the recipe from [Simply Recipes] in the 10in springform pan with the Oreo crust.
Topping
  1. In a large pan, combine the raspberries, sugar, vanilla and salt over medium high heat.
  2. Smash the raspberries until no more pieces remain.
  3. Cook until the mixture begins to simmer and bubble. Stir constantly and cook for about 5 minutes or until the mixture begins to thicken.
  4. Remove from the heat and press the mixture through a metal/mesh strainer into a bowl. They object of this is to remove the seeds and any chunks so all that’s left is a sauce.
  5. If the sauce is too thin, meaning if you dip your finger in it none stays on your finger, return it to the pan and cook on medium high, bubbling, until it’s thickened to your desired consistency. Don’t reduce it too far, you want as much of this delicious sauce as possible!
  6. Set the sauce aside to cool completely before using.
Assembly & Storage
  1. Cut a slice of cheesecake and put it on a plate.
  2. Spoon the raspberry sauce over the top of the cheesecake.
  3. Garnish the cheesecake & plate with fresh raspberries, blackberries and blueberries.
  4. Store the sauce & cheesecake covered in the refrigerator up to a week.

40 Comments

40 Comments on Very Berry Cheesecake

  1. Liz
    July 30, 2014 at 1:49 pm (3 months ago)

    Oh, how I love a berry dessert and your cheesecake is NO exception! YUM!

    Reply
    • Betsy Eves
      July 30, 2014 at 6:00 pm (3 months ago)

      Thanks, Katrina!! <3

      Reply
  2. Karen @ The Food Charlatan
    July 30, 2014 at 2:50 pm (3 months ago)

    Okay, this is your first cheesecake ever??? Either you have mad skillz or a fabulous case of beginners luck. (I’m guessing the former.) My first cheesecake looked like the grand canyon. Love the oreo crust! Unexpected on a berry cheesecake! Yum!

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    • Betsy Eves
      July 30, 2014 at 2:52 pm (3 months ago)

      Well… I made a peanut butter one before, but I don’t count it because I don’t think it was very cheesecakey. This is my first traditional-style cheesecake baked in a waterbath and everything!! I think it was beginners luck… since I seriously had no idea what I was doing!! HAHA! :) THANK YOU for your kind words though!!

      Reply
  3. Roxana | Roxana's Home Baking
    July 30, 2014 at 3:24 pm (3 months ago)

    This is your first cheesecake? Really! Oh my goodness! How I envy you! It turned out so beautiful I thought you have at least 50+ cheesecake under your belt!
    Congratulations Betsy! I hope from now o you’ll share more cheesecake recipes
    Thanks for joining us today to celebrate this delicious day!

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    • Betsy Eves
      July 30, 2014 at 5:59 pm (3 months ago)

      Thanks for including me Roxana! :) It was so much fun creating this cheesecake and even more fun eating it! Beginners luck, I tell ya! hehe :)

      Reply
  4. crazyforcrust
    July 30, 2014 at 3:57 pm (3 months ago)

    It really has to be perfect cheesecake for me to want it. Some are so dry it’s just a waste of calories! That’s why homemade is better and oh my gosh this looks SO freaking good Betsy! Pinned!

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    • Betsy Eves
      July 30, 2014 at 5:57 pm (3 months ago)

      Thanks Dorothy! I’ve never been a fan of cheesecake, but I ate three slices (not all at once of course) of this cheesecake! So moist and delicious! Thanks for the comment love today!

      Reply
  5. Denise Browning
    July 30, 2014 at 4:22 pm (3 months ago)

    Hi, Betsy!This is pure temptation from top (berry topping) to bottom (Oreo crust).

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    • Betsy Eves
      July 30, 2014 at 5:56 pm (3 months ago)

      Ooooh Denise… I love the way you put it! Pure temptation is right!! Thanks for stopping by today!

      Reply
    • Betsy Eves
      July 30, 2014 at 5:55 pm (3 months ago)

      I know, right?!?! I can’t believe it turned out so well for my first time around! Thanks for the comment love today, Jessica!

      Reply
    • Betsy Eves
      July 30, 2014 at 5:55 pm (3 months ago)

      Thanks for the comment, Erin! :)

      Reply
    • Betsy Eves
      July 30, 2014 at 5:54 pm (3 months ago)

      My daughter said I need to make it again so she can pour it on toast in the morning!! The berry sauce is SO GOOD! Thanks for stopping by the blog today Aimee!

      Reply
  6. Zainab @ Blahnik Baker
    July 30, 2014 at 6:42 pm (3 months ago)

    I want a good ole slice of this for lunch!! Love love the toppings and that crust!

    Reply
  7. Sue {munchkin munchies}
    July 30, 2014 at 6:54 pm (3 months ago)

    Well, your first cheesecake is beautiful! I love the way you arranged the berries around the top of it, and the berry sauce dripping down the sides looks so pretty, and tempting!

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    • Betsy Eves
      July 30, 2014 at 7:07 pm (3 months ago)

      Thanks, Sue! :) The berry sauce was probably my favorite part!!

      Reply
  8. Heather @ French Press
    July 30, 2014 at 8:19 pm (3 months ago)

    I never make a cheesecake either, but that berry sauce is killing me…pass me a spoon

    Reply
    • Betsy Eves
      July 30, 2014 at 8:45 pm (3 months ago)

      Seriously… my daughter wants me to make the sauce again just to spoon it over everything she eats! Thanks for commenting today! :)

      Reply
  9. Cate @ Chez CateyLou
    July 31, 2014 at 12:48 am (3 months ago)

    I love your cheesecake – simple but perfect! That berry sauce looks awesome – I’d eat that plain!! Pinning! Happy Cheesecake Day!

    Reply
  10. Julianne @ Beyond Frosting
    July 31, 2014 at 6:17 am (3 months ago)

    I am so glad you are on board with cheesecakes now! They are truly glorious! This one looks awesome!

    Reply
  11. Jessica @ Jessiker Bakes
    August 1, 2014 at 6:42 am (3 months ago)

    What a gorgeous cheesecake! I love the berry sauce coming down the side and it’s so perfectly tall!

    Reply
  12. Carla
    August 1, 2014 at 5:42 pm (3 months ago)

    Welcome to the dark side of cheesecake lovers ;) can’t go wrong with a classic berry cheesecake!

    Reply
  13. Shaina
    August 2, 2014 at 2:29 am (3 months ago)

    I love fresh berries, especially with dessert. Your cheesecake looks delicious!

    Reply
  14. Tara
    August 3, 2014 at 12:43 am (3 months ago)

    Love the fresh berries with your gorgeous cheesecake. Thanks for sharing a great recipe!!

    Reply
  15. Anita at Hungry Couple
    August 3, 2014 at 3:50 pm (3 months ago)

    I’m glad you’ve been converted because this cheesecake looks yum!

    Reply
  16. Karyn - Pint Sized Baker
    August 5, 2014 at 5:01 am (3 months ago)

    First time! No way! This looks so amazingly perfect! Great job on it. Are you hooked now?

    Reply
  17. Ala
    August 5, 2014 at 6:19 pm (3 months ago)

    Your very first cheesecake and it’s a masterpiece, Betsy! I admit, it’s been a long time since I’ve tackled a whole, no-crack cheesecake myself. Love that sauce–it’s great to be celebrating with you!

    Reply
  18. Rachel @ Bakerita
    August 6, 2014 at 4:10 pm (3 months ago)

    This is a beautiful cheesecake – I would never know it was your first time making one! Looks delicious!

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  19. holly waterfall
    August 6, 2014 at 11:35 pm (3 months ago)

    WOW! you totally won big on your first cheesecake ever! I’m totally impressed! PINNING!

    Reply
    • Betsy Eves
      August 7, 2014 at 12:37 am (3 months ago)

      Thanks, Holly! :)

      Reply
  20. Lisa @ Wine & Glue
    August 7, 2014 at 8:48 pm (3 months ago)

    Such perfection for the first time! And great minds think alike! I added an Oreo crust to mine too, and it was AWESOME. :) Pinning this!

    Reply
  21. Jocelyn@Brucrewlife
    August 9, 2014 at 5:44 am (3 months ago)

    That berry sauce! Be still my sugar lovin heart! :) Such a crazy good cheesecake, and your first ever?! You are the bomb dot com! Pinned!

    Reply
    • Betsy Eves
      August 9, 2014 at 9:40 am (3 months ago)

      I know!! The berry sauce was TO DIE FOR! The cheesecake just wasn’t the same without it!! Thanks for the cheesecake love, Jocelyn! :)

      Reply

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