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No-Bake Huckleberry Cheesecake Pie

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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 timeCook timeReady inYields

30 min

2 hours

2 hours 30 min

8

Ingredients

Crust:

  • 1 1/2 cups crushed graham crackers
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 5 tablespoons brown sugar

Filling:

  • 2 (8 ounces) blocks cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

Topping:

  • 3 cups fresh or frozen huckleberries
  • 3/4 water
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 3 tablespoons corn starch
  • 2 tablespoons 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.

© 2013 Corrinna Johnson

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

Have always on March 02, 2019:

Have always wanted to try these berries but don't know where to find them.

fibonacci1123 on June 23, 2014:

Great lens recipe. Very inspiring.

sreohl1 on June 09, 2014:

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.

sreohl1 on June 09, 2014:

This is an excellent lense! It looks delicious.

Tanya Jones from Texas USA on May 13, 2014:

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

Mandy from Montana on December 11, 2013:

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!

cgbroome on November 27, 2013:

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

Giovanna from UK on November 26, 2013:

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

anonymous on November 26, 2013:

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

DebMartin on November 26, 2013:

Just back to say congratulations on your LotD!

tbonestakes on November 26, 2013:

This looks yummy! Congrats on LOTD!

TerriCarr on November 26, 2013:

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

Rose Jones on November 26, 2013:

Sweet lens - congrats on LOTD - Happy Thanksgiving!

Charito Maranan-Montecillo from Manila, Philippines on November 25, 2013:

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

anonymous on November 25, 2013:

Looks yummeeeee! Congrats on your Lens of the Day!

CrazyHomemaker on November 25, 2013:

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

Clairissa from OREFIELD, PA on November 25, 2013:

This looks fabulous!

anonymous on November 25, 2013:

Great recipe. Congratulations on getting LotD!

bobnolley lm on November 25, 2013:

Lip smackin'! Congrats on your LOTD!

Andrew Scott from New Zealand on November 25, 2013:

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).

Andrew Scott from New Zealand on November 25, 2013:

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).

TriplePlayEnter on November 25, 2013:

Looks amazing!!

Stanley Green from Czech Republic on November 25, 2013:

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 :)

arrisweb on November 25, 2013:

looks like too sweet :)

MrWidemouth on November 25, 2013:

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

Merry Citarella from Oregon's Southern Coast on November 25, 2013:

Looks delicious. Congrats on Lens of the Day!

TalesTrailsAndT on November 25, 2013:

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.

Ruthi on November 25, 2013:

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

Kathryn Grace from San Francisco on November 25, 2013:

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

kangela1 on November 25, 2013:

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

Susan Deppner from Arkansas USA on November 25, 2013:

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

Delia on November 25, 2013:

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

chrisilouwho on November 25, 2013:

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

Lorelei Cohen on November 25, 2013:

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.

tonyleather on November 25, 2013:

This looks like an amazingly tasty dessert!

Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on November 25, 2013:

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!

Stephen J Parkin from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada on November 25, 2013:

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!

anonymous on November 25, 2013:

Congratulations and thanks for sharing.

eiramarie on November 25, 2013:

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

anonymous on November 25, 2013:

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

KarenTBTEN on November 24, 2013:

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

DebMartin on November 23, 2013:

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

Eugene Samuel Monaco from Lakewood New York on November 23, 2013:

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

preciousbeebee on November 21, 2013:

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

Shinichi Mine from Tokyo, Japan on November 20, 2013:

Congratulations! This looks like a winning recipe to me!

Magpie Feathers on November 20, 2013:

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

RinchenChodron on November 20, 2013:

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

jmchaconne on November 20, 2013:

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.

Kathryn Grace from San Francisco on November 20, 2013:

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.

Tamara14 on November 20, 2013:

Yummy! Congratulations :)

ChocolateLily on November 20, 2013:

Congrats on your win! Looks yummy!

Fay Favored from USA on November 20, 2013:

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

getmoreinfo on November 20, 2013:

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

tonyleather on November 20, 2013:

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

candy47 on November 20, 2013:

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

Elsie Hagley from New Zealand on November 16, 2013:

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

SteveKaye on November 15, 2013:

Great story with a great recipe.

Renaissance Woman from Colorado on November 15, 2013:

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!

Angela F from Seattle, WA on November 15, 2013:

Yum - Pinned to my Dessert Pinterest board too!