Blueberry Topping For Cheesecake

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This blueberry topping for your cheesecake couldn’t be simpler and is made on the stovetop. Made with just a few simple ingredients, in about 10 minutes this blueberry sauce is perfect topping for spooning over a big slice of cheesecake.​

spatula serving a slice of lemon blueberry cheesecake


 

Listen, a slice of cheesecake on its own is just amazing isn’t it? Nothing wrong with a creamy slice, maybe a little whipped cream on top, and a buttery graham cracker crust underneath. That’s all well and good, friend.

But how do you take it to the next level to make your guests lose their minds? Spoon on some homemade blueberry topping. None of that weird can of blueberry sauce with a weird gel-like consistency. This blueberry topping blows that stuff out of the water. 

And the best part is this easy blueberry sauce recipe is made with just 5 ingredients and is made on the stovetop in minutes. It’s a perfect topping for desserts to make during blueberry season.

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cake server serving a slice of the lemon blueberry cheesecake

Why This Recipe Works

  • Is made in just minutes on the stovetop
  • Simple blueberry sauce that can be used for lots of desserts
  • Easiest way to use up those fresh blueberries during the summer!

Ingredients Needed

  • Water
  • Lemon juice – Fresh lemon juice is best but bottled lemon juice will work in a pinch!
  • Cornstarch – Used to thicken the sauce.
  • Blueberries – I used fresh berries, but frozen berries could work too. 
  • Granulated sugar

How To Make Blueberry Topping

In a small bowl, whisk together the water, lemon juice and cornstarch. 

Add the cornstarch mixture to a medium saucepan, along with the blueberries and sugar. 

Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally allowing the mixture to come to a low boil, then reduce heat to a medium-low heat and let the  mixture simmer and cook down, until thickened. 

Remove from heat and allow to cool completely . Store in a covered container in the refrigerator until ready to use.

blueberry filling in a saucepan

​How To Use This Topping

This possibilities are endless for this blueberry syrup. I love spooning it over the top of the cheesecake before serving, like my vanilla cheesecake. Or you can use on my no bake cheesecake too! I used this with my lemon blueberry cheesecake recipe. But it would be delicious served on the side with my lemon cheesecake.

But this topping can go beyond cheesecake! Try spooning over a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Or with a slice of angel food cake, sour cream pound cake, or my lemon pound cake. I’ve used it to make these delicious blueberry turnovers as well!

And then again you cant go wrong serving with a big stack of pancakes or French toast. It’s delicious on my Greek yogurt pancakes!

blueberry turnover cut in half

Recipe Variations

  • Add lemon zest – For a bit more lemon flavor, try adding a teaspoon of lemon zest.
  • Swap with orange juice – Instead of lemon juice try squeezing a fresh orange into the blueberry mixture.
  • Use a combination of berries – You can always try using a a mixture of berries like raspberries and strawberries with the blueberries.

Storage Instructions

You can store this blueberry sauce in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.

You can freeze the topping in a freezer safe container for up to 3 months. When ready to use, let it thaw overnight in the fridge (or you can let it thaw on the counter if need be if you need it the day of). If you want you can warm the sauce back up on the stove or in your microwave.

slice of lemon blueberry cheesecake on a plate with a bite missing

Recipe FAQS

Can I use less sugar?

Yes you can try reducing the sugar, depending on the sweetness of your blueberries. I would try using 1/4 cup sugar. 

Can I use frozen blueberries?

Yes you can, but the sauce may just take a little longer to cook down on the stovetop. 

How can I tell when the fruit sauce is done cooking?

The mixture should be a thick blueberry sauce, and coat the back of a metal spoon or wooden spoon.

More Recipes To Try!

If you love toppings for your cheesecake, then be sure to try my strawberry topping for cheesecake. I spooned it over for my strawberry cheesecake recipe with a Golden Oreo crust. It’s wonderful in the summer time!

And if you’re craving more blueberries, then check out my easy lemon blueberry bread!

spatula serving a slice of lemon blueberry cheesecake

Blueberry Topping For Cheesecake

This blueberry topping for your cheesecake couldn't be simpler and is made on the stovetop. Made with just a few simple ingredients, in about 10 minutes this blueberry sauce is perfect topping for spooning over a big slice of cheesecake.
5 from 4 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2 cups
Calories: 287kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3 cups blueberries
  • cup (67 g) granulated sugar

Instructions

  • In a small bowl, whisk together the water, lemon juice and cornstarch. 1 tablespoon water 1 tablespoon lemon juice 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • Add the cornstarch mixture to a medium saucepan, along with the blueberries and sugar. 3 cups blueberries ⅓ cup (67 g) granulated sugar
  • Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally allowing the mixture to boil, then reduce heat to a medium-low heat and let the mixture simmer and cook down, until thickened.
  • Remove from heat and allow to cool completely . Store in a covered container in the refrigerator until ready to use.

Notes

  • Storage: You can store this blueberry sauce in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.
  • Freezing: You can freeze the topping in a freezer safe container for up to 3 months. When ready to use, let it thaw overnight in the fridge (or you can let it thaw on the counter if need be if you need it the day of). If you want you can warm the sauce back up on the stove or in your microwave.

Nutrition

Calories: 287kcal | Carbohydrates: 73g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 4mg | Potassium: 180mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 56g | Vitamin A: 120IU | Vitamin C: 24mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg
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8 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I added the lemon zest as well and love the added citrusy flavour. I had some blueberry syrup left over and spooned it over my morning oats and I might just keep a jar on hand just for that! So good!

    1. Thank you for your feedback! I’m glad you enjoyed the added lemon zest and found a tasty use for the leftover syrup on your oats. Great idea to keep a jar handy!

  2. 5 stars
    Loved that this tasted better than anything I could buy in the store, and perfect because I knew exactly what the ingredients were.

    1. Thank you for your great feedback! I’m so glad you enjoyed the homemade touch and appreciated knowing exactly what went into it. Happy cooking!

  3. 5 stars
    This was perfect and so flavorful! I’m going to make it again and put it on vanilla ice cream.

    1. Thank you! I’m glad you enjoyed the blueberry topping and are planning to try it on ice cream next. It’ll be delicious!

  4. 5 stars
    So juicy and absolutely delicous. I was licking the bowl.

    1. Thank you, I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed the blueberry topping!

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