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Blueberry and Christmas Pudding Mini Cheesecakes

Updated on October 6, 2015
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Gordon has been cooking and experimenting with food since childhood. He loves coming up with new and tasty culinary creations.

Blueberry and Christmas pudding cheesecake served with cream and chocolate garnish
Blueberry and Christmas pudding cheesecake served with cream and chocolate garnish

Blueberry Cheesecake Taken to a Whole New Level

Blueberry cheesecake is a fairly popular and incredibly tasty dessert in its traditional and most basic form. This recipe, however, features details of a perhaps unusual way to take a blueberry cheesecake to whole new levels of scrumptiousness. The recipe incorporates Christmas pudding, a rich, substantial and often boozy pudding widely enjoyed in the UK each year on or around Christmas Day. These cheesecakes can either be made with a Christmas pudding specifically made or bought for the purpose, or alternatively, they represent a great way of using up leftover Christmas pudding which may be crying out to be put to imaginative use in the days after Christmas. Note that because of the alcohol content, Christmas puddings have a long shelf life and do keep for a longer period of time than you may expect. This means they can often be picked up really inexpensively in the months of January and February in particular when supermarkets are looking to clear their shelves to make way for new seasonal produce.

Small Porcelain Ramekins for Making these Mini Cheesecakes

Norpro 4oz/120ml Porcelain Ramekins, Set of 6
Norpro 4oz/120ml Porcelain Ramekins, Set of 6

Don't have a set? You will find them an incredibly worthwhile, versatile and useful addition to your kitchen supplies. They can be used for so many different purposes, from serving dips to making souffles! Why not pick up a bargain on Amazon today?

 

Note: Yes - UK readers can also pick up great ramekin bargains on Amazon UK!

Ingredients List for Four Small Cheesecakes

Four mini blueberry and Christmas pudding cheesecakes
Four mini blueberry and Christmas pudding cheesecakes

The nature of this recipe makes it incredibly difficult to give precise quantities for the ingredients. Factors like the size of your ramekins are of course a huge variable. What to do is make sure you have just a little bit extra of everything to hand just in case.

  1. 8 digestive biscuits (UK)/12 Graham crackers (US) - essentially, you're looking for about 4 tablespoons when they are made in to crumbs
  2. 2 ounces (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
  3. 2 heaped tablespoons cold Christmas pudding and 2 teaspoons cold water
  4. 2 tablespoons soft cream cheese
  5. Small tub of fresh blueberries
  6. Double/heavy cream and grated chocolate to serve (both optional)

How to Make the Cheesecake Biscuit Base

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Digestive biscuits and unsalted butterCrushing the digestive biscuitsDigestive biscuit crumbsMelting butter
Digestive biscuits and unsalted butter
Digestive biscuits and unsalted butter
Crushing the digestive biscuits
Crushing the digestive biscuits
Digestive biscuit crumbs
Digestive biscuit crumbs
Melting butter
Melting butter

You can of course make the biscuits/crackers in to crumbs any way you choose but the way I do it is simply to roll them with a rolling pin, one or two at a time, on a large chopping board.

Melt the butter very gently in a large saucepan.

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Ramekins lined with clingfilm/plastic wrapBiscuit crumbs are added to melted butterCombined crumbs and butter form cheesecake base mixCrumb mix is divided between ramekinsCompressed cheesecake bases ready for the fridge
Ramekins lined with clingfilm/plastic wrap
Ramekins lined with clingfilm/plastic wrap
Biscuit crumbs are added to melted butter
Biscuit crumbs are added to melted butter
Combined crumbs and butter form cheesecake base mix
Combined crumbs and butter form cheesecake base mix
Crumb mix is divided between ramekins
Crumb mix is divided between ramekins
Compressed cheesecake bases ready for the fridge
Compressed cheesecake bases ready for the fridge

You may be wondering how I get the assembled and set cheesecakes out of the ramekins. The answer is very simple. All I do is begin by lining each ramekin with a torn off piece of clingfilm/plastic wrap. Make sure you have plenty of wrap overhanging the ramekins as this will be necessary to pull the cheesecakes free.

Add the crumbs to the melted butter and stir with a wooden spoon. The mixture should be of a consistency where no liquid butter remains but the crumbs are evenly moist.

Divide the mixture between the four ramekins and press down fairly firmly with the back of a teaspoon. The ramekins should be roughly one third full when the mixture is compressed. Put the ramekins in to your fridge for at least an hour until the base is cool and firm.

Christmas Pudding is Available All Year Round!

While it will be in the months of November and December you will see Christmas puddings prominently displayed in British supermarkets, the good news is that you can buy it at any time of year online from Amazon. Rich fruit and treacle/molasses pudding, laced with alcoholic spirit (commonly brandy), perfect to serve with cream, ice cream or English custard - or for making these delectable little cheesecakes.

PS: Yes - you can also buy it at any time of year from Amazon UK!

How to Add Christmas Pudding to Cheesecake Base

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Supermarket Christmas puddingChristmas pudding ready for microwave heatingHeated Christmas puddingChristmas pudding spooned on to cheesecake basesChristmas pudding smoothed over cheesecake base
Supermarket Christmas pudding
Supermarket Christmas pudding
Christmas pudding ready for microwave heating
Christmas pudding ready for microwave heating
Heated Christmas pudding
Heated Christmas pudding
Christmas pudding spooned on to cheesecake bases
Christmas pudding spooned on to cheesecake bases
Christmas pudding smoothed over cheesecake base
Christmas pudding smoothed over cheesecake base

The alcohol in this Christmas pudding was a mixture of apple cider and brandy. Spoon the Christmas pudding and the water in to a microwaveable bowl and heat for about a minute on high. Take from the microwave, stir and leave for a couple of minutes or so to cool slightly.

Remove the ramekins from the fridge, spoon in the Christmas pudding and compress as before, though not quite as firmly this time. The ramekins should now be about two-thirds full. Return to the fridge for a further hour.

How to Add Cream Cheese to Christmas Pudding Cheesecake Bases

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Set Christmas pudding cheesecake bases are ready for cream cheese toppingCream cheese is spread on cheesecake bases with a wide bladed knifeCream cheese spread Christmas pudding cheesecakes are ready for final period of refrigeration
Set Christmas pudding cheesecake bases are ready for cream cheese topping
Set Christmas pudding cheesecake bases are ready for cream cheese topping
Cream cheese is spread on cheesecake bases with a wide bladed knife
Cream cheese is spread on cheesecake bases with a wide bladed knife
Cream cheese spread Christmas pudding cheesecakes are ready for final period of refrigeration
Cream cheese spread Christmas pudding cheesecakes are ready for final period of refrigeration

Use a teaspoon to fill the ramekins with cream cheese. Smooth level with a knife.

Refrigerate again for a further hour. (Note that if you don't chill the cheesecakes again at this stage, you are more likely to spoil the shape of the cream topping when you reach the stage of removing them from the ramekins)

How to Top Christmas Pudding Cheesecakes with Blueberries

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Christmas pudding cheesecake is carefully removed from ramekinAll the Christmas pudding cheesecakes have been removed from the ramekinsStarting to lay the whole blueberries on a Christmas pudding cheesecakeChristmas pudding cheesecake is fully topped with blueberriesBlueberry and Christmas pudding cheesecakes are ready to serve
Christmas pudding cheesecake is carefully removed from ramekin
Christmas pudding cheesecake is carefully removed from ramekin
All the Christmas pudding cheesecakes have been removed from the ramekins
All the Christmas pudding cheesecakes have been removed from the ramekins
Starting to lay the whole blueberries on a Christmas pudding cheesecake
Starting to lay the whole blueberries on a Christmas pudding cheesecake
Christmas pudding cheesecake is fully topped with blueberries
Christmas pudding cheesecake is fully topped with blueberries
Blueberry and Christmas pudding cheesecakes are ready to serve
Blueberry and Christmas pudding cheesecakes are ready to serve

One at a time, carefully gather the edges of the clingfilm around the ramekins and gently but firmly pull the cheesecakes free. The clingfilm should then easily peel away. If you have caused the cream to bulge slightly at the edges by removing the clingfilm, simply smooth with a wide bladed knife dipped in boiling water.

Sit the cheesecakes on a large plate, cover and leave them for fifteen minutes or so to come up to something approaching room temperature.

Wash the blueberries thoroughly in cold water and shake dry in a colander. Do take a few minutes to evenly arrange them on top of the cream cheese to fully cover the cheesecakes in order to achieve best presentation.

Blueberry and Christmas Pudding Cheesecake Serving Suggestion

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Chocolate is grated over the blueberry and Christmas pudding as well as the cream bathPreparing to grate chocolate over cream with a hand graterChocolate is grated over creamBlueberry and Christmas pudding cheesecake is served in cream and chocolate bathTucking in to blueberry and Christmas pudding cheesecake
Chocolate is grated over the blueberry and Christmas pudding as well as the cream bath
Chocolate is grated over the blueberry and Christmas pudding as well as the cream bath
Preparing to grate chocolate over cream with a hand grater
Preparing to grate chocolate over cream with a hand grater
Chocolate is grated over cream
Chocolate is grated over cream
Blueberry and Christmas pudding cheesecake is served in cream and chocolate bath
Blueberry and Christmas pudding cheesecake is served in cream and chocolate bath
Tucking in to blueberry and Christmas pudding cheesecake
Tucking in to blueberry and Christmas pudding cheesecake

This is merely one serving suggestion for your Blueberry and Christmas Pudding Cheesecakes. Pour some cream in to a deep plate to a depth of no more than half an inch. Grate over some chocolate and carefully sit a cheesecake in the centre.

Alternatively, sit the cheesecakes in the cream before grating on the chocolate that it scatters the cheesecakes as well as the cream.

Are You a Cheesecake Lover? - Are you likely to give this idea a try?

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      Gordon N Hamilton 3 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

      Hi, rmcrayne. SOrry to be so late in getting back to you on this. Have inexcusably neglected this account for too long. Thanks for the pin and I hope you get a chance to try out the idea.

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      rmcrayne 3 years ago from San Antonio Texas

      I just checked out your new HP acct and found this recipe. I've been making layered desserts to get some "pin-able" photos for a hub, so this recipe caught my eye. Just pinned this to my cold/no-bake desserts board.

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