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Blackberry Cheesecake

During the summer months, which is the rainy season, gigantic blackberries take over the culinary stage in the town of Valle de Bravo, Mexico. They can be the size of a plum, bursting with wine colored juice that is at once sweet and tart and addicting. Literally every morning, women come down from the mountains and valleys to the town’s market with buckets of these fresh picked gems. Of course, they sell out in a matter of minutes.

What to do with them? Oh first of all, eat them by the handfuls straight from the buckets. Just like that. Or puree them raw, maybe with a bit of mint and pour them over vanilla ice cream or pound cake. Or you can eat it like a cold soup! But one of my favorite things is to use them as a topping for cheesecake.

Blackberry cheesecake is definitely a thing Mexican kitchens have been doing for a while. Yes, we have chocolate cheesecake, cajeta cheesecake, strawberry cheesecake… but what is considered the traditional topping in Valle de Bravo is a kind of blackberry jam.

Here I am trying to replicate my favorite ones from Valle de Bravo, as Juju and I just went blackberry picking a few days ago.

Blackberry picking with my youngest boy, Juju… He was showing me how to do Instagram Stories as he is much more tech-savvy than me. You can view our stories on my Instagram.

There are three parts to this dessert – all super simple to make. But each one needs to be just right, so here are my notes on that.

For the crust: After the crumbled crackers are mixed with the melted butter and dash of cinnamon, they need to be applied with pressure to the bottom of the mold creating a somewhat even bottom crust with a gentle rim going up the side. And it is absolutely necessary for the crust to set and chill before the cheesecake mixture is added. If not, the crust will not stand tall underneath it, and it will lose presence.

For the filling: I like it rich and super moist. For me, that means adding sour cream, which also gives it a refreshing tang, and cottage cheese, which adds a gentle saltiness. With this kind of mixture, it is important to not over bake. As your timer kicks the 55-minute mark, stand at the ready to take it out. It should look puffed up and gently browned on top and a toothpick inserted in the middle should come out just moist, but not with any of the filling covering it.

For the topping: I like to add unflavored gelatin to help it set. This creates a defined layer that will not run all over the place. After the blackberry mixture has boiled, and it has been mashed and the gelatin added, let it cool just to room temperature and then pour onto the cheesecake and chill. You don’t want the blackberry topping to begin to set in the saucepan.

Of course you can make the cheesecake with many other toppings, but before you consider that, give this one a try.

Pati Jinich blackberry cheesecake

Blackberry Cheesecake

Pay de Queso con Zarzamora

Recipe Yield

10 to 12 servings

Cooking time

1 hour 15 minutes

Rate this recipe

5 from 1 vote

Ingredients

Crust:

  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
  • 1 1/2 cups crumbled graham crackers
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground true cinnamon or canela

Filling:

  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups (or 12 ounces) cottage cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups (or 12 ounces) sour cream
  • 1 1/2 cups (or 12 ounces) cream cheese
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • Pinch of kosher or coarse sea salt

Blackberry Topping:

  • 4 cups ripe blackberries
  • Juice of a lime (about 3 tablespoons)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 envelope (about 1 tablespoon) of unflavored gelatin

To Prepare

For the crust:

  • In a bowl, combine the melted butter with the graham cracker crumbs and cinnamon.
  • Scrape onto a ring mold pan. Press around with your hands or the back of a tablespoon to make the bottom crust as even as you can, and push on the sides, to give the crust a short gentle border of about 1/2-inch in height. Cover and place in the refrigerator to chill while you make the filling.
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F and set the rack in the middle.

For the filling:

  • In the jar of a blender, add the eggs, cottage cheese and sour cream. Process until smooth, Incorporate the cream cheese, sugar, vanilla extract, cornstarch and salt, and puree again until fully incorporated.
  • Remove the crust from the refrigerator, pour the mix from the blender on top, jiggle a few times for it to spread evenly. Place in the oven and bake anywhere from 55 minutes to an hour until set. A toothpick inserted in the middle should come out just moist, but not with any of the filling covering it.
  • Remove from the oven. The cheesecake will be very puffed up. As you take it out of the oven it will settle and deflate a little, and cracks may appear on its surface, which is totally normal. Set aside and let cool.

For the topping:

  • In a medium saucepan, combine the blackberries, lime juice and sugar and set over high heat. Once it comes to a full boil, stir and let it continue to cook for 2 to 3 minutes while mashing with a potato masher or mallet.
  • Remove from the heat, add the contents from one envelope of unflavored gelatin. Stir well until fully dissolved and let cool until lukewarm or at room temperature.

To assemble:

  • Pour the cooled blackberry mixture onto the cooled cheesecake. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for at least a couple of hours so that the cheesecake chills and the blackberry topping sets.
  • Remove cheesecake from the refrigerator. Have a cup with lukewarm water and wet a normal dinner or butter knife. Run it around the edge of the mold all the way around and going down to the bottom. Release the mold and serve. Leftovers can be stored covered in the refrigerator.

Comments

61comments inBlackberry Cheesecake

  1. Joseph

    Jun 25

    Patti, totally enjoy your show and recipes. My wife loves raspberries more than blackberries. Can you substitute the raspberries in equal proportions of the blackberries. I’d like to surprise her.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jun 27

      Yes Joseph, go for it! Hope your wife loves the cheesecake 😉

  2. Cassandra

    May 06

    Sounds wonderful. I am going to make it

    1. Pati Jinich

      May 11

      Yay Cassandra, go for it!

  3. Marj K

    Mar 16

    Patti love your show ,food and you traveling with your sons in the Yucatán is fun,I learned so much.i am ofaustrian desent .i enjoy the real Mexican food you make your a fun lady,a great mom your kids are lucky.keep on exploring I can
    Pretend I am there too.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Mar 19

      Oh thank you so much, Marj.

  4. ebcoo@aol.com

    May 06

    I watch your tv program early may 2018 that you made cheese cake for your son, using Mexican cookies and butter for crust, 2 – 8oz cream cheese,……bake in oven, then made a layer to put on top, went back in oven, I think choc. was involved….. can you help me

  5. GGoldberg

    Aug 05

    Pati, when are you coming to the DFW area? Would love to take your cooking class.
    I’ve been a huge fan for years and use your cookbooks religiously. When I moved to the North East I missed my Mommas cooking so I taught myself how to make all our wonderful Mexican Dishes.
    Gracias por tus recetas deliciosas!!

    1. Pati

      Aug 07

      Thank you so much for being a huge fan! I hopefully will get to DFW soon.

  6. irma pietschner

    Aug 02

    Sounds great, but confused about the term “ring mold pan”. In the picture, looks like a springform pan was used. If so, what size is it -like 8″, 9″ or 10″. I live in Baltimore and absolutely love your show. This is the first recipe I will try. I love it when you have your handsome sons on the show. I am partial to JuJu. Thanks–Also, do you give any cooking classes in D.C.?

    1. Pati

      Aug 03

      Your first recipe! How exciting…I hope you love it. I used a 9-1/2″ spring form pan but you can use a pan anywhere from 9-10″. I do teach cooking classes in DC…here’s more info https://patijinich.com/pati_2020/category/upcoming/ Also keep an eye on that page, as I sometimes do other local events as well.

  7. Sergio

    Jul 29

    i like this recipe!!!

    1. Pati

      Jul 31

      Yay!

  8. Sheila Payne

    Jul 29

    Patient I am going to make this, blackberries are my favorite.

    1. Pati

      Jul 31

      Yay…I hope you like it Sheila.

  9. Denise

    Jul 29

    Hola Pati!
    Por qué no e podido grabar tu programa, Pati’s Mexican table? Ya te extraño lol. Te sigo buscando y nada 🙁 I love your show! It always makes me want to try new (Mexican) things and travel to these beautiful states. Estoy impuesta a comida estilo Sonora. Pero me encanta aprender de otros estados y sus comidas y tradiciones cuando veo tu programa. Anyway, this cheesecake looks delicious! Hope to see you again pbs soon! ^_^

    1. Pati

      Jul 31

      So happy to hear that you are learning about all types of Mexican cuisine Denise. I’ll be back on PBS this fall…keep any eye out for your local listing… http://www.tracmedia.com/LOL/PatisMexicanTable2/

  10. Rita

    Jul 28

    I made your blackberry cheesecake today. It is very delicious. Thank you so much for the fabulous recipe! I used a 10 inch spring form pan. It turned out perfectly.

    1. Pati

      Jul 31

      Rita, that is so wonderful to hear! Thank you.

  11. Jackie Grzeca

    Jul 28

    Pati,

    This recipe looks wonderful. I have a family of cheesecake lovers and am anxious to make this for them. Please tell me, on my recipe, it says 1-1/2 cups of cottage cheese twice. Is that correct? Really, my mother’s recipe and father-in-law’s recipe for cheese cake calls for cottage cheese. Many of the recipes I have found for cheesecake before yours call for mostly cream cheese. Those are very good also, but am happy to have found your recipe with cottage cheese.

    Thank you.
    Jackie

    1. Pati

      Jul 31

      A family of cheesecake lovers…wonderful! The recipe uses 1-1/2 cups of cottage cheese, 1-1/2 cups of sour cream, and 1-1/2 cups of cream cheese.

  12. lou !

    Jul 28

    pati’s the real deal. loved her from the start. I have Parkinson’s, so I don’t cook much lately. but I can just about taste what pati makes on the show!!

    1. Pati

      Jul 28

      Thank you so much Lou! Sending you my best.

  13. Shara Gilman

    Jul 28

    Pati-
    I love this recipe although I substituted chopped fresh black cherries for the blueberries and cheated by using regular cinnamon. JUST GREAT! My 9″ springform pan worked fine. Best Always.

    1. Pati

      Jul 28

      Yum!

  14. lou !

    Jul 28

    sounds divine, pati. (mexico must have small plums–ha!)

    I remember picking wild blackberries with my niece elsa, along the Oregon coast (nehalem was the town, I think). my sister (elsa’s had just been killed by a drunk driver (join MADD), so I was visiting. elsa was just four, pablo was ten months.

    anyway, we picked lots, and they were delectable. can’t wait to make this.

    thanks pati, & co

    1. Pati

      Jul 28

      Thank you for sharing Lou.

  15. Mary Tiscareno

    Jul 28

    After sending off an email to you, I thought I might get a faster response this way.
    What SIZE springform pan did you use? I know baking time will be off if not baked in the right size pan.
    Muchas gracias Pati

    1. Pati

      Jul 28

      Mary I just replied to your email…I used a 9 1/2″ pan.

  16. Doris R.

    Jul 28

    Hi Pati!
    I enjoy your recipes and this cheesecake recipe sounds delish! Blackberries are my favorite!
    What size pan do you use and is it a springform pan?
    Blessings!
    Doris

    1. Pati

      Jul 28

      If blackberries are you favorite, you will love this cheesecake Doris! I used a 9 1/2″ pan, but you can use a pan anywhere between 9″ and 10″ and it should work.

  17. Gail Packer

    Jul 28

    I always try and catch you show on PBS. I love your journey’s and look forward to the recepies. Keep smiling.

    1. Pati

      Jul 28

      Thank you for always tuning in Gail :)!

  18. Rita

    Jul 28

    What size pan did you use?

    1. Pati

      Jul 28

      I used a 9 1/2″ pan, but anything between 9 and 10 inches should be fine.

  19. Linda

    Jul 28

    This looks so delicious… also, I can’t believe you reply to all the comments. Is it really you? If so, I am super impressed! Love your show.
    From your Australian fan xx

    1. Pati

      Jul 28

      Yes, it’s me Linda! Connecting with my fans is so important to me.

  20. TED AND GLORIA HANSEN

    Jul 28

    GOOD MORNING PATI : SOUND’S DELICIOUS !!!!! HOPE ALL IS WELL , PLEASE TAKE CARE AND MAY GOD BLESS AND KEEP YOU ALL SAFE . ” ALWAY’S ” ” HAVE A GREAT DAY ” <3

    1. Pati

      Jul 28

      You too Ted and Gloria!

  21. Carmen

    Jul 28

    Love your program, I love to see other recipes being shown to the public, especially when you show that, there is more to Mexican food other than tacos which I do love, that our food history is a mixture of many types of races coming together from many countries. Thank you for that.

    1. Pati

      Jul 28

      Carmen, thank you for your lovely comment. It means so much to me.

  22. Ann

    Jul 28

    Hi Patient,
    That looks delicious, can’t wait to try it. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Pati

      Jul 28

      I hope you enjoy it Ann!

      1. Ann

        Jul 28

        Thank you!

  23. Demetria Pompei

    Jul 27

    Looks very yummy. Can’t wait to try this recipe.
    Thank you Patti for sharing.

    1. Pati

      Jul 28

      Thank You Demetria!

  24. Anne/ Hope125

    Jul 27

    Hi………….here… (is North Vancouver Island, B.C.Canada) we top it with globs of whipped cream and then topped with the odd berry around the edges……yummmmmyyyy……

    1. Pati

      Jul 28

      Delicious!

  25. Sheila

    Jul 27

    What else and in what proportions can we use to replace the blackberry topping? Can we use stone fruits like peaches or cherries? We are allergic to all berries except for blue berries.

    1. Pati

      Jul 28

      Any fruit would be delicous…including mangoes.

  26. Claire Richardson

    Jul 27

    I can’t wait tomake the ingredients come together and share in pure bliss!

    1. Pati

      Jul 28

      Yay!

  27. Kenna

    Jul 27

    This cheese cake does not appear to have been backed in a ring mold pan — no hole in the center. Would it actually be a spring mold pan instead?. I have never made a cheese cake, but I think that might be the correct pan. Am I correct?

    1. Pati

      Jul 28

      Oh yes…I used a spring form pan.

  28. Chuck

    Jul 27

    Sounds delicious!!! Can’t wait to make it for the family!

    1. Pati

      Jul 28

      Hope the whole family loves it!

  29. Jack

    Jul 27

    This sounds like a wonderful addition to any summer meal. Will definitely give this one a try.

    1. Pati

      Jul 28

      Yes…perfect for summer!

  30. Peter & Anita Thrasher

    Jul 27

    Love Patti

    1. Pati

      Jul 28

      Thank you!

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