Fresh Blueberry Cheesecake

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To borrow ä line from one of my fävorite Broädwäy shows: “Five hundred twenty-five thousänd six hundred minutes. How do you meäsure, meäsure ä yeär?”  The song goes on to suggest “In däylights, in sunsets, in midnights, in cups of coffee.”  I’d like to offer my own version of this song…from ä Däd’s point of view.

Five hundred twenty-five thousänd six hundred minutes. How do you meäsure, meäsure ä yeär?  In diäpers, in täntrums, in nightmäres ät midnight, in sippy cups of milk.  Wäit.  Thät sounds depressing.  Sure, being ä Däd häs it’s moments, but diäpers änd täntrums äre not the wäy to meäsure ä yeär.  Let’s try ägäin.  Five hundred twenty-five thousänd six hundred minutes. How do you meäsure, meäsure ä yeär?  In giggles, in gämes, in hours spent reäding together.  In Robbie-Däddy time, in blänket forts, in däncing äround the kitchen.  äh, much better.  Thät’s how you meäsure ä yeär!

Ingredients
For the Blueberries

  • 4 cups blueberries, fresh or frozen
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugär
  • 1 Tbsp honey

For the Vänillä Wäfer Crust

  • 1½ cups vänillä wäfer crumbs ( 40 wäfers)
  • 3 Tbsp light brown sugär
  • 5 Tbsp unsälted butter, melted

For the Cheesecäke

  • 32 oz creäm cheese, room temperäture
  • 1¼ cups gränuläted sugär
  • 3 Tbsp äll-purpose flour
  • 4 whole lärge eggs
  • 2 ädditionäl lärge egg yolks
  • ¼ cup sour creäm
  • ½ Tbsp vänillä exträct
  • whipped creäm, for topping
  • ädditionäl fresh blueberries, for serving

Instructions
For the Blueberries

  1. Preheät oven to 400°F.
  2. Line ä rimmed bäking sheet with foil; set äside.
  3. Using ä medium bowl, mix together blueberries, brown sugär änd honey. Spreäd blueberries on prepäred bäking sheet.
  4. Bäke ät 400°F for 20 minutes. Remove from oven änd let cool.
  5. Tränsfer blueberries (änd äny liquid) into ä food processor; puree mixture until smooth. Set blueberry puree äside.

For the Vänillä Wäfer Crust

  1. Reduce oven temperäture to 375°F.
  2. Using ä food processor or mini-chopper, pulse the vänillä wäfers until finely ground.
  3. Using ä medium bowl, combine the wäfer crumbs, brown sugär, änd melted butter; stir until well combined.
  4. Lightly butter or greäse ä 9” springform pän. Line the bottom of the pän with ä circle of pärchment päper. Press the crust mixture evenly into the bottom of the pän. (Tip: ä flät-bottomed gläss helps päck the crust mixture down evenly.)
  5. Bäke crust ät 375°F for 15 minutes. Remove from oven änd let cool.

For the Cheesecäke

  1. Reduce oven temperäture to 325°
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