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Red, White, and Blueberry Cheesecake Tart

Steal focus from the fireworks with this splashy Fourth of July dessert.

  • prep: 45 mins
    total time: 4 hours
  • servings: 8

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Ingredients

  • 6 graham crackers (2 1/2 by 5 inches each)
  • 1/3 cup whole almonds
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 bars (8 ounces each) reduced-fat cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup reduced-fat sour cream
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Pinch salt
  • 4 red plums (1 to 1 1/2 pounds total), halved, pitted, and cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 pint (2 cups) blueberries

Cook's Note

Fresh plums might be yellow inside, but cooking them brings out their crimson color. Take advantage of red plums at their prime: Double the ingredients used in the plum mixture (step 3), and spread the extra on toast, or spoon over vanilla ice cream. After cooling the mixture, refrigerate in an airtight container up to 1 week.

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Make crust: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a food processor, grind graham crackers, almonds, and 1/4 cup sugar until finely ground; add butter, and process until moistened. Transfer to a 9-inch removable-bottom tart pan. Using the base of a dry measuring cup, press mixture firmly into the bottom and up sides of pan. Freeze at least 15 minutes.

  2. Step 2

    Make filling and bake: Carefully wipe processor blade and bowl clean. Place cream cheese, sour cream, 1/2 cup sugar, egg, vanilla, and salt in food processor; blend just until smooth. Place tart pan on a rimmed baking sheet; fill with cheesecake mixture. Bake until filling is just set, 30 to 35 minutes. Transfer tart pan to a wire rack to cool completely.

  3. Step 3

    Meanwhile, make topping: In a medium saucepan, combine plums, 1/2 cup sugar, and lemon juice. Cook at a rapid simmer over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until mixture is jamlike and moves around pan in a single mass when stirred, 15 to 25 minutes (time will depend on ripeness of fruit). Reserve 1 tablespoon cooking liquid (no solids) for blueberries; cool remaining plum mixture.

  4. Step 4

    Assemble tart: Leaving a 1-inch border, spread cooled plum mixture over tart. Reheat reserved plum liquid (on stove or in microwave) until liquefied. In a medium bowl, combine with blueberries, and scatter on top of plum mixture. Chill until ready to serve, at least 2 hours and up to 1 day. Remove from pan before serving.

Source
Everyday Food, July 2007

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Reviews (4)

  • MShellzcook 2 Jan, 2011

    LOVE this cheesecake! Have now made it 3 times.
    Make sure you finely crush nuts so it's easy to press down. Nut flavor really adds to this tart. I use whatever berries I have on hand....works perfectly!
    Would highly recommend it.

  • aeshleyrose 4 Jul, 2010

    I've made this recipe twice and it is delicious and gorgeous - just be advised that the plum mixture takes at LEAST 45 mins. Don't let this dissuade you - it is an amazing dessert to bring to a party or BBQ.

  • ohillaryo 5 Jul, 2008

    This got RAVE reviews.... !!!!!!

  • Susan71353 1 Jun, 2008

    Cheesecake and fruit, just go together, must try.