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Instant Pot Goat Cheese Cheesecake with Blueberries

A slice of goat cheese cheesecake topped with blueberries
Instant Pot Goat Cheese Cheesecake with Blueberries

Instant Pot Goat Cheese Cheesecake with Blueberries. A fancy dessert from the pressure cooker, with tangy goat cheese and sweet blueberries.

It’s berry season here in Northeast Ohio, and the bounty of blueberries at a local farm stand got me thinking: how can I use these berries in a dessert? Then I saw the goat cheese, and the memory of a goat cheese cheesecake came back to me. Goat cheese and blueberry cheesecake, of course!

But…how does that work? Can I use goat cheese in a cheesecake? Turns out, goat cheese makes a great substitute for cream cheese in a cheesecake. They are similar cheeses, both soft and tangy; the goat cheese is a little drier, so I didn’t want to replace all of the cream cheese – I went with a 50/50 ratio of cream to goat.

Other than that substitution, I went with my standard pressure cooker cheesecake approach. I pressure steam the cheesecake, with a rack holding it above the water in my pressure cooker. Quick, consistent and easy.

The results were fantastic. I found the difference to regular cheesecake to be subtle, but my kids tell me I’m crazy, that the goat cheese stands out. That is fine with me – I love goat cheese to begin with. And, they didn’t seem to be complaining as they polished off their slices.

Looking for a fancy dessert for your next dinner party? Try a goat cheese cheesecake.

Recipe: Instant Pot Goat Cheese Cheesecake with Blueberries

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A slice of goat cheese cheesecake topped with blueberries

Instant Pot Goat Cheese Cheesecake with Blueberries


  • Author: Mike Vrobel
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 8 slices 1x

Description

Instant Pot Goat Cheese Cheesecake with Blueberries. A fancy dessert from the pressure cooker, with tangy goat cheese and sweet blueberries.


Ingredients

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Crust

  • ¾ cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter

Cheesecake

  • 8 ounces regular cream cheese, softened
  • 8 ounces goat cheese, softened
  • ⅔ cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons corn starch
  • 2 large eggs
  • Blueberries (or blueberry pie filling, or both)


Instructions

  1. Prepare the pan: Spray a 7-inch cheesecake pan with nonstick cooking spray. Mix the graham cracker crumbs and melted butter, then spread evenly across the bottom of the pan and pack down, pushing the crumbs up the sides a little.
  2. Make the cheesecake filling: Soften the cream and goat cheese by leaving it out at room temperature for at least 1 hour. (Or soften the cream and goat cheese in the microwave, 30 seconds to 1 minute). Beat the cream and goat cheese in an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Slowly add the sugar and corn starch, and beat on medium speed until the sugar is completely blended, about 3 minutes. Stop the mixer and scrape down the sides. Add the eggs one at a time, beating each on low speed until just blended. (Don’t over-beat the eggs.) Pour the filling into the prepared cheesecake pan.
  3. Pressure cook the cheesecake for 20 minutes with a Natural Release: Put the cooking rack or baking sling in the pressure cooker pot, then pour in 1 cup of water. If your rack does not have handles, make an aluminum foil sling to lift the cheesecake: fold a 2-foot long piece of aluminum foil over a few times, until it is a long strip about 4 inches wide. Center the cheesecake pan on the sling and carefully lower it into the pot, setting it on the rack. Lock the lid on the cooker and pressure cook on high for 20 minutes in an Instant Pot or other electric PC (“Manual” or “Pressure Cook” mode in an Instant Pot), or for 16 minutes in a stovetop PC, then let the pressure come down naturally, about 20 more minutes. (If you’re in a hurry, you can quick release any pressure left in the pot after 20 minutes.)
  4. Cool the cheesecake: Lift the cheesecake out of the pressure cooker. Loosen the cheesecake by running a paring knife around the edge of the pan. Cool the pan at room temperature for an hour, then refrigerate for at least 4 hours, preferably overnight.
  5. Serve: Remove the springform from the cheesecake and cut the cheesecake into slices (I cut the cheesecake into eight pieces). Top with the blueberries or blueberry filling, serve, and enjoy.

Notes

I don’t cover my cheesecake with foil while cooking. I used to, but I stopped when I realized how much it slows down cooking. (The center would never set.) I use a paper towel to dab at any water on top of the cheesecake after cooking.

Make sure to get soft goat cheese – the kind that comes in small logs, with the consistency of cream cheese – instead of dried, aged goat cheese, which won’t work in this recipe.

Tools

6 quart or larger pressure cooker (I love my Instant Pot 6-Quart Pressure Cooker)

Rack (this silicone bakeware sling with handles is my favorite)

7-Inch Springform Pan

  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Pressure Cooker
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Instant Pot Goat Cheese Cheesecake with Blueberries, Pressure Cooker Goat Cheese Cheesecake with Blueberries

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