Blackberry almond cheesecake makes the BEST summer dessert! You’ll love this classic cheesecake with an almond crust and blackberry topping!
- 2 cups super-fine almond flour
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
- 24 oz full fat cream cheese, cubed, softened
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 tsp arrowroot starch
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 cup sour cream, at room temperature
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp pure almond extract
- 4 large eggs, at room temperature
- 2 cups fresh blackberries
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp pure almond extract
- 1 1/2 tsp arrowroot starch
- 1 Tbsp water
Almond Whipped Cream
- 1 cup cold heavy cream
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1/2 tsp pure almond extract
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Brush the bottom and sides of a 9-inch springform pan evenly with softened butter. Line the bottom of the pan with a round of parchment paper.
- Make the crust: Whisk together almond flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt in a medium bowl. Add melted butter and mix in until completely incorporated (texture will resemble wet sand) and mixture comes together in large pieces.
- Press the crust firmly and evenly across the bottom and 1/2-inch up the sides of prepared springform pan. Pack the crust tightly with the bottom of a measuring cup.
- Bake crust for 12 to 14 minutes, until lightly golden and set. Transfer to a wire rack and cool for 30 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 300°F.
- Make the filling: Mix softened cream cheese, sugar, arrowroot starch, and salt on low speed for 1 minute. Scrape down the bowl with a rubber spatula. Add sour cream, vanilla extract, and almond extract. Mix on low speed for 30 seconds, then scrape down the bowl. Add eggs one at a time, mixing in each egg on low speed just until combined, about 10 seconds. Scrape down the bowl after each egg. Pour filling over the crust and gently smooth top with an offset spatula.
- Bake cheesecake at 300°F for 60 to 65 minutes, until edges are set, the center is still slightly wobbly, and the cheesecake is slightly puffed.
- Cool cheesecake: When the cheesecake is finished baking, immediately turn off the oven, prop the oven door with a wooden spoon, and cool the cheesecake inside the oven for 75 minutes.
- After 75 minutes, remove springform pan from the oven and place on a wire rack. Carefully run a thin metal spatula around the edge of the cheesecake to make sure it’s not sticking to the sides of the springform pan. Cool cheesecake for 1 hour on the rack.
- Chill cheesecake: Move cheesecake to the refrigerator (uncovered to prevent condensation from forming) and chill overnight.
- Make blackberry sauce: Combine blackberries, sugar, salt, and almond extract in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Bring to a boil, gently crushing half of the berries with a spatula, cooking until the berries start to soften (about 5 minutes). Reduce heat to low. Whisk together arrowroot starch and water in a small bowl. Add to saucepan and stir in. Simmer until mixture is slightly thickened (1-2 minutes). Transfer sauce to a glass bowl and cool to room temperature.
- Remove cheesecake from pan: Release the outer edge of springform pan. Use a thin metal spatula to lift cheesecake from the base of pan and transfer to a serving plate.
- Make almond whipped cream: Pour heavy cream into a chilled mixer bowl fitted with wire whip attachment. Beat cream on medium-high speed until cream begins to thicken; gradually add powdered sugar. Add almond extract and beat until stiff peaks form.
- Assemble cheesecake: Top the cheesecake with spoonfuls of blackberry sauce, smoothing with an offset spatula. Transfer almond whipped cream to a piping bag fitted with a large star tip and pipe around the edge. Top with sliced almonds, if desired. For neat slices, dip a sharp knife in hot water and wipe dry before slicing cheesecake.
- Store cheesecake: Store leftover cheesecake in the refrigerator up to 3 days.
Make ahead: Blackberry sauce can be made 2-3 days ahead and refrigerated. Re-warm to room temperature before using. The cheesecake can be baked ahead, fully cooled, and chilled for up to 2 days before serving.
Crust alternatives: If you’re allergic to almonds or don’t have almond flour on hand, you can substitute 2 cups of graham cracker crumbs, Biscoff cookie crumbs, chocolate wafer crumbs, or shortbread cookie crumbs. Depending on the type of crumbs you use, you may need additional butter for the crust. Use enough melted butter to form a sandy mixture that can be easily and tightly packed into the springform pan.
Topping Alternatives: The berry topping can be made with blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, or any blend of mixed berries. Out of season, you can use frozen berries for the topping (do not thaw the berries first; simply add frozen berries to a saucepan and cook as directed).
Keywords: Cheesecake, Blackberry, Almond, Almond Flour