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Blueberry Topping

Unlike the gluely topping you find in a can, this one is made with fresh berries that are cooked down to a syrup; a touch of lemon juice cuts the sweetness.

  • Yield: Makes enough for 1 cheesecake
Blueberry Topping

Photography: Kenji Toma

Source: Martha Stewart Living, August 2007


  • 1 1/2 pints (3 cups) blueberries
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch


  1. Combine all ingredients in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a simmer, and cook until berries break down, about 4 minutes. Let cool, then refrigerate, covered, until cold (or up to 3 days).


Reviews (6)

  • jimstoic 5 Jul, 2013

    I found it too runny the first time I made it. I replaced the 1 T of cornstarch with 2 T of Clear Jel to get the consistency I like.

  • pegmo 5 Jun, 2013

    Blueberry cheesecake: this is perfect. My women's group continually asks for it for birthday meetings. I make two changes: first is I make 1.5 x the crust recipe because the buttery crunch adds quite a bit to the recipe, and the other is I place the roasting pan full of hot water on the rack below the cheesecake as I'm preheating the oven, but I don't put the cheesecake into the water. Much too risky from my point of view. Place the cheesecake on the rack above it. Enjoy!

  • J3ANA 3 Jul, 2012

    Delicious recipe! However, I used a full cup of sugar, and needed much extra arrowroot to thicken to my licking. I didn't want it to be too syrup-y and run right off my cake.

  • cecelia1 26 Oct, 2010

    Yummy! I just made this, (except with mixed frozen berries) very quick, exactly what I had in mind. The other recipes I saw called for gelatin or preserves, not what I wanted. I did omit the lemon juice since I changed the type of berries and since my berries were frozen, I had to add a little water. (I also used only 3 T sugar, and 2 T. cornstarch.) They turned out exactly as tart as I wanted and the perfect consistency! So easy!

  • Ceege 6 Aug, 2010

    This topping is wonderful. I did not make the cheesecake, just the blueberry topping. I served it with waffles for a ladies brunch. Needless to say, it was the hit of the luncheon.

  • smg7 4 Jul, 2008

    This topping is delicious! It can easily be made with frozen blueberries too.

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