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Blueberry Cheese Torte Recipe

Blueberries are plentiful here in the Northwest. I keep my freezer stocked so I can make this torte any time of year.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. Bake: 40 min. + chilling YIELD:12 servings

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups finely chopped macadamia nuts
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 3 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 3 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon cold water

Directions

  • 1. In a large bowl, combine the nuts, flour and brown sugar; stir in butter. Set aside 1/3 cup for the filling. Press remaining nut mixture onto the bottom and 2 in. up the sides of a greased 9-in. springform pan. Place pan on a baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
  • 2. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and milk until smooth. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined. Add lemon juice; beat just until blended. Stir in reserved nut mixture. Pour into crust.
  • 3. Return pan to baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until center is almost set. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Carefully run a knife around edge of pan to loosen; cool 1 hour longer. Refrigerate overnight.
  • 4. In a large saucepan, cook blueberries over medium heat until heated through. Combine cornstarch and water until smooth; stir into blueberries. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Cool; cover and refrigerate until serving. Remove sides of springform pan. Spoon blueberry topping over cheesecake. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 12 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 piece equals 496 calories, 34 g fat (19 g saturated fat), 142 mg cholesterol, 301 mg sodium, 41 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 10 g protein.