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No-Bake Huckleberry Cheesecake Pie

Updated on September 1, 2017
No-Bake Huckleberry Cheesecake Pie
No-Bake Huckleberry Cheesecake Pie

In Canada, Thanksgiving always falls on the second Monday in October, and this year it happened to be on October 14th, which is my dad's birthday. His favorite dessert is cheesecake topped with fresh huckleberries. In celebration of his birthday, a friend made this no-bake huckleberry cheesecake pie specially for him alongside a pumpkin pie, our traditional Thanksgiving dessert.

Huckleberries are very tasty, a little bit sweet, and a little bit tart. I am very fortunate to live in southern British Columbia, an area abundant with loads of huckleberry bushes that are ripe for picking in late July. Huckleberry picking during the cool early mornings of summer is a common weekend activity among locals. Some people pick them for their own eating pleasure, while others sell their berries for $75 to $100 a bucket.

I have very fond memories from my childhood of driving up the highway with my mom looking for a spot that hadn't been picked over yet and having a few fun misadventures along the way, including encountering a couple of startled deer and sleeping brown bears, getting lost and stumbling down a steep bank, dumping my entire bucket of precious berries.

When we would come home, our fingers and mouths would be stained purple and our tummies full from eating as many berries that went into our buckets. We would dump the huckleberries into a sink full of cold water, washing them one by one and picking out the few leaves and stems that snuck their way into our buckets. We would pig out on big bowls of fresh huckleberries with cream and a little sugar, make a batch of jam and pancake syrup, put them in pancakes and muffins, bake a couple of pies and use them as a topping on cheesecake and ice cream. In my opinion, they are one of nature's perfect summer foods.

Our friend had her own misadventures picking the berries for this pie; she too fell down a steep bank, but unlike me, she hung on to her bucket of berries for dear life and broke her arm in the process. On a different outing, she broke her prescription glasses in half. She shared this decadent huckleberry cheesecake pie with us on the promise that next summer, she will be buying a bucket from a roadside fruit stand instead of heading into the bush to pick her own.

A friend and I went huckleberry picking the other day and I made a batch of rich and creamy Huckleberry Cheesecake Popsicles along with a cheesecake pie, and they were amazing!

  • Prep time: 30 min
  • Cook time: 2 hours
  • Ready in: 2 hours 30 min
  • Yields: 8

Ingredients

  • Crust:
  • 1 1/2 cups crushed graham crackers
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 5 tbsp brown sugar
  • Filling:
  • 2 (8 oz) blocks cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • Topping:
  • 3 cups fresh or frozen huckleberries
  • 3/4 water
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 3 tbsp corn starch
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice

Instructions

  1. In a small microwave safe bowl, melt the butter for 25 to 30 seconds. Add the graham crackers and brown sugar and stir all together.
  2. Press the mixture into the bottom and along the sides of a 9" deep dish pie dish. Place in the refrigerator and chill until firm.
  3. In a large bowl, blend the two packages of cream cheese and the lemon juice until softened with an electric hand mixer.
  4. Add the heavy whipping cream and continue beating until the mixture is thick and creamy.
  5. Add the sugar and beat until the filling is stiff.
  6. Pour the cream cheese filling into the chilled pie crust and place back in the fridge to set for at least 2 hours.
  7. In a medium sized saucepan, add the fresh or frozen huckleberries, sugar, lemon juice, corn starch and water to the pot and cook over medium heat until thickened, about 10 minutes.
  8. Allow the huckleberry sauce to cool and place in the fridge to chill completely.
  9. Pour the cold huckleberry sauce over the prepared cheesecake when you are ready to serve and slice into eight individual pieces.
2.9 stars from 18 ratings of No-Bake Huckleberry Cheesecake Pie

© 2013 Corrinna Johnson

Have you ever gone huckleberry picking? What do you make with the berries?

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      fibonacci1123 3 years ago

      Great lens recipe. Very inspiring.

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      sreohl1 3 years ago

      This is an excellent lense! It looks delicious. I had no idea you could buy Huckleberries on Amazon or that they grew in cooler climates.

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      sreohl1 3 years ago

      This is an excellent lense! It looks delicious.

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      Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

      This looks so delish and it's an excellent recipe lens as well.

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      Mandy 3 years ago from Montana

      Had to stop by again to let you know that while pumpkin cheesecake pie used to be my favorite all time birthday cake, this huckleberry version has now replaced it at the top of my list. My birthday is November 26, so it also falls on US Thanksgiving occasionally. Lucky me, half of my family is Canadian, so I celebrate both!

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      cgbroome 3 years ago

      This recipe really looks like a winner and it's just in time for Thanksgiving!

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

      Yummy that looks so good! Huckleberries look so good. Congratulations on LOTD - you have made me hungry now!

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      So lucky to be able to get frozen Huckleberries just impossible where I am but the pie looks so nice.

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      DebMartin 3 years ago

      Just back to say congratulations on your LotD!

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      tbonestakes 3 years ago

      This looks yummy! Congrats on LOTD!

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      TerriCarr 3 years ago

      Awesome lens. The huckleberry frame is a great touch. Unique recipe too! Congratulations on LOTD.

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      Rose Jones 3 years ago

      Sweet lens - congrats on LOTD - Happy Thanksgiving!

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      Charito Maranan-Montecillo 3 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Wow! This lens makes me hungry! I love blueberry cheesecake! Hi, I'm Ms. Charito from the Philippines, and I'm new in Squidoo!

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Looks yummeeeee! Congrats on your Lens of the Day!

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      CrazyHomemaker 3 years ago

      I've never had huckleberries. They look delicious! Nice lens. Congrats on LOTD.

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      Clairissa 3 years ago from OREFIELD, PA

      This looks fabulous!

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Great recipe. Congratulations on getting LotD!

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      bobnolley lm 3 years ago

      Lip smackin'! Congrats on your LOTD!

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      Andrew Scott 3 years ago from New Zealand

      Your cheesecake recipe looks awesome. Mine uses 4 eggs but is hard to get right, so I am going to try this one. We don't have huckleberries in New Zealand so I will use boysenberries. I wanted to call our first son Huckleberry but his mother had other ideas! (No, not boysenberry! - he's called Hamish).

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      Andrew Scott 3 years ago from New Zealand

      Your cheesecake recipe looks awesome. Mine uses 4 eggs but is hard to get right, so I am going to try this one. We don't have huckleberries in New Zealand so I will use boysenberries. I wanted to call our first son Huckleberry but his mother had other ideas! (No, not boysenberry! - he's called Hamish).

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      TriplePlayEnter 3 years ago

      Looks amazing!!

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      Stanley Green 3 years ago from Czech Republic

      Looks so delicious! It remids me a similar no-bake cake which my mother-in-law used to make. I'm looking forward try it again :)

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      arrisweb 3 years ago

      looks like too sweet :)

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      MrWidemouth 3 years ago

      Wow, where in Southern BC, I'm in the area too but have not found huckleberries here only saskatoon berries and gooseberries. Great recipe!

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Looks delicious. Congrats on Lens of the Day!

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      TalesTrailsAndT 3 years ago

      I grew up in Oregon and also love huckleberries. Love the recipe and hope to try it soon. Since I don't have any huckleberries at the moment, I guess I'll have to substitute blueberries.

      Thanks for sharing your memories and your recipe.

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      Ruthi 3 years ago

      I love tart berries for pies and your huckleberry pie recipe has me drooling!

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      Dropped back by to congratulate you on your Lens of the Day award. Craving huckleberries at the thought of this fabulous pie.

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      kangela1 3 years ago

      Very nice! I live in North Idaho so I have an intimate realtionship with the huckleberry. Great recipe! Love it!

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      Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I love this lens! Congratulations on the well-deserved Lens of the Day!

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      Delia 3 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD! Yummy, it's been years since I've had Huckleberry....

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      chrisilouwho 3 years ago

      congratulations, thanks for sharing, this sure gave me a craving for huckleberries!

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      Lorelei Cohen 3 years ago from Canada

      Huckleberry pie sure brings back a lot of memories for me. We spent so very many hours in my childhood picking them and had more than a few adventures with the local bears in the process. Gosh that pie does look delicious.

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      tonyleather 3 years ago

      This looks like an amazingly tasty dessert!

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      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I've never had huckleberries before but would love to try them. Your pie looks amazing. Pinning so that I can try your recipe if I can find huckleberries in Ontario. Congrats on your LOTD!

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      Stephen J Parkin 3 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

      This does look and sound Yummy well done on your win and the LOTD. I think you could use the same recipe idea for Blueberries, Cherries and/or Blackberries and even blackcurrants if they are more readily available where you live (I was originally from the UK) and these are available there although Huckleberries are not. For the reader from the UK!

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Congratulations and thanks for sharing.

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      eiramarie 3 years ago

      Wow.. so yummy. I hope someday I was able to do that.. Congrats!!

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      i wish i could taste them one day :P don't have them here

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      KarenTBTEN 3 years ago

      That looks good (and I have no oven, so it looks particularly good).

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      DebMartin 3 years ago

      That looks amazing! I love huckleberries. I'll take them over blueberries any day. And Congratulations.

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 3 years ago from Lakewood New York

      Congratulations on your win, this recipe looks Delicious!!!!! Thanks.

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      preciousbeebee 3 years ago

      Congratulations! I will need to try out some huckleberries some time..

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      Congratulations! This looks like a winning recipe to me!

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      Magpie Feathers 3 years ago

      Congratulations and hugs for winning the award. It looks yummy.

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      RinchenChodron 3 years ago

      You won! That's great. You recipe does look tasty!

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      jmchaconne 3 years ago

      Congratulations! huckleberries are my favorite, they were a great snack on my forays in the New England woods of my hometown. I've never had them in a pie. This looks easy enough for me to tackle, and delicious enough to try.

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      You can't hear my moan, but when I saw the whipping cream, it escaped unbidden. I can taste this already. We used to go huckleberry picking every summer when my kids were little. Usually the pickings were fairly slim, but one year, we go so many bucketsful, we had to carry them home in the dishpans and in the boxes that had held some of our camping gear. Boy did I can and freeze up a storm.

      I'm sorry your friend broke her arm. I hope it is entirely healed now, with no aches when the weather turns damp and cold.

      Congratulations for your grand prize win on the Thanksgiving Monster Recipes Quest. Richly deserved and a joy to see.

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      Tamara Kajari 3 years ago from Zagreb, Croatia, Europe

      Yummy! Congratulations :)

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      ChocolateLily 3 years ago

      Congrats on your win! Looks yummy!

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      Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

      Haven't seen huckleberries to make this, but it does look good. Congratulations on your win.

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      getmoreinfo 3 years ago

      What a beautiful cheesecake pie, I love it. congrats on winning the quest too!

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      tonyleather 3 years ago

      I would love to try this, though I am not sure I could hold of huckleberries here in the UK?

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      candy47 3 years ago

      Wow, easy and delicious! Congratulations on your win, well deserved!

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      Elsie Hagley 3 years ago from New Zealand

      Yes I will be making this, but not sure what huckleberries are, may have to use some other berries like blueberries.

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      SteveKaye 3 years ago

      Great story with a great recipe.

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      Renaissance Woman 3 years ago from Colorado

      I'm quite sure your pie would be worth a broken arm. Of course, hoping not to test that theory. :-) Can't wait to try this recipe. Thanks!

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      Angela F 3 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Yum - Pinned to my Dessert Pinterest board too!