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Blueberry Gooseberry Ginger Yogurt Cheesecake

Lowfat Blueberry Gooseberry Ginger Yogurt Cheesecake

It’s hard to choose, but I think this is my favorite of all the recipes I made for my party last Saturday night. It’s a rich, decadent, creamy no-bake blueberry gooseberry mini-cheesecake made with nonfat greek yogurt and light cream cheese. The graham cracker crust is made with candied ginger, egg white and just a bit of butter.

Well, okay, you do bake the crust, but the creamy ginger yogurt filling is not baked. The gooseberry sauce is cooked on the stove and it’s quite simple to make. Then you mound fresh, sweet blueberries over top.

This cheesecake is the most Bohemian, Ally-style cheesecake I have ever made. If you have ever run across my friend Ally from Ally’s Kitchen, you know exactly what I mean when I say that. She has this bold style of cooking, food styling, and photography that transcends amazing. So I’m dedicating this recipe to my dear friend Ally.

Each part of this recipe is quite simple, so I suggest making this in steps. I made the crust and the gooseberry sauce one evening, and set the yogurt to drain overnight, then mixed up the filling in the morning. This was done days before the party, so at party time, I just pulled it out, put on the sauce and the berries, and cut little slices for the friends who wanted to try the cheesecake. Seriously, serve this in little slices. It’s really rich.

Lowfat Blueberry Gooseberry Ginger Yogurt Cheesecake

Blueberry Gooseberry Ginger Yogurt Cheesecake

a.k.a. Bohemian Blue Goose Cheesecake

Adapted from Food & Wine. Makes a 7-inch cheesecake with a pretty thick crust. If you want a larger cheesecake, double the yogurt filling recipe. There will be enough of the crust (although the crust will be thinner) and plenty of gooseberry sauce to make a normal-size cheesecake.

Crust:

  • 10 whole graham crackers, broken into pieces, or 1 1/2 cups plus 2 1/2 tablespoons of crumbs
  • 1/4 cup crystallized ginger, finely chopped (if you want to make your own, here’s a recipe)
  • 1 tablespoon ginger sugar (the sugar that falls from the ginger pieces when you make candied ginger … you can substitute white sugar)
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 large egg white

Filling:

  • 1 cup greek yogurt
  • 4 oz. light cream cheese
  • 3 Tablespoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons freshly grated  ginger
  • Juice and zest from 1/2 of a lemon

Gooseberry sauce: (makes more sauce than you’ll need for the cheesecake)

  • 1 3/4 – 2 cups of gooseberries, cleaned (snip off the tough stems of the berries)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon chia seeds

Topping:

  • Fresh blueberries
  • Mint leaves, for garnish (if desired)

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Spray a 7 inch springform pan with a removable bottom with cooking spray.
  2. In a handi chopper or food processor, process the graham crackers with the candied ginger, sugar and salt until finely ground. Add the butter and egg white and blend until the crumbs are evenly coated. Press the crumbs evenly over the bottom and up the sides of the pan. Bake for about 20 minutes, until the crust is light brown. Set the crust aside to cool.
  3. While the crust is baking, set the gooseberries and brown sugar in a saucepan and cook over medium heat for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally and smashing a few of the gooseberries with a spoon to release the flavor. Remove from heat and stir in the chia seeds (they will thicken the sauce). (If you don’t have chia seeds, you can use cornstarch or tapioca to thicken the gooseberry sauce–chia seeds are just a very quick, healthy way to thicken things.)
  4. Now for the filling! First you will make a “cheese” out of the greek yogurt. Take a coffee filter and place it in a strainer or funnel over a tall mug or something to catch the juices. Put the yogurt in the coffee filter and set it in the fridge to let it strain overnight.
  5. In the morning, mix the yogurt cheese with the cream cheese, honey, ginger and lemon zest & juice till smooth and well mixed. You might need to use a blender to get it smooth. (I did!) Pour the filling into the crust and smooth it out to cover the crust. Cover and store in the fridge till serving time.
  6. Just before serving, spread the cheesecake with a layer of the gooseberry sauce, then add a tumble of blueberries (as many as you like). Serve in small slices because the taste is really rich, and garnish with a mint leaf or two, if you so desire.

Lowfat Bluberry Gooseberry Ginger Yogurt Cheesecake

This recipe was shared at Everyday Mom’s MealsMy Sweet PartyScrumptious Sunday, Crazy Sweet TuesdayHearth & Soul Bloghop, Totally Tasty Tuesdays, and Cast Party Wednesday.

12 responses

  1. Holy moly this looks FANTASTIC!!!

    July 16, 2012 at 9:22 am

    • Ann

      Thank you Lauren! I was really excited that this turned out so well. I wasn’t sure whether it would be thick enough without any gelatin to hold it together, but it was perfect!

      July 16, 2012 at 10:16 am

  2. With each and every entry I am so bummed I could not come to your party . This blueberry and gooseberry cheesecake looks so heavenly.

    July 16, 2012 at 10:11 am

    • Ann

      Aw, I wish you could have come to the party too Bam! It would have been lovely to have you there :)

      July 16, 2012 at 10:16 am

  3. I love the poetic sounding name of this dish! It looks fabulous, too!

    July 16, 2012 at 11:52 am

    • Ann

      I’m so glad you said that because I had a hard time with the name … wondering if Blueberry Gooseberry really sounded right! Now I feel much better about the name :)

      July 16, 2012 at 12:03 pm

  4. AWEsome to the max Ann! yummmmmmmmmmm! xoxoxo

    July 16, 2012 at 5:49 pm

  5. You always have awesome food here. I get hungry almost every time I’m on Facebook now because I’m always seeing your yummy food there. You are awesome!

    I’ve mentioned you on my blog as one of my favourite sites. I’ve also given you a couple of awards. You can collect them on my blog here: http://danidurt.blogspot.ca
    Pass on the goodwill to seven other bloggers and tell seven things about yourself on your blog. It was lots of fun for me, and I hope it will be for you, too!

    July 16, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    • Ann

      thank you so much Dani! that is so sweet! I tried to click the link to visit your blog but it didn’t work … Is that the right link?

      July 17, 2012 at 11:36 am

  6. This looks absolutely amazing. I have to try it ASAP.

    July 18, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    • Ann

      Than you Asilia! :)

      July 18, 2012 at 1:59 pm

  7. 21stcenturyhousewife

    Your Blueberry Gooseberry Ginger Cheesecake looks just beautiful! What a lovely combination of flavours – this is a gorgeous summer dessert.

    July 21, 2012 at 10:53 am

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