Any good Southern hostess knows that a spring party is not a party without a stellar dessert table. Whether you're hosting a ladies luncheon, a Girls Night In, or a garden party – beautifully packaged individual desserts are hard to come by. And, we all know that desserts are much better when they're homemade. So, we turn to this fruity, two-bite cheesecake recipe. A bite of these creamy, sweet cheesecakes topped with blueberry preserves will have all of your guests begging for the recipe. Petite Blueberry Cheesecakes are as precious as dainty petit fours, and are the perfect sweet treat to polish off your meal. Now, if you're not into blueberries, you can actually sub in your favorite fruit topping to this recipe – there aren't any blueberries in the cheesecake mixture itself. Try using thick strawberry jam or your Mama's peach preserves, and you'll be pleased at the variety. If you choose a different flavor for your cheesecakes, add on some fresh fruit as your garnish, as well as some zest that pairs well with that flavor. So, for instance, if you choose to use strawberry preserves, you should try a fresh strawberry garnish topped with a little lemon zest. Or, if you choose to make an orange curd to top your cheesecakes, use some orange zest to bring out the flavor. Featuring a few different types of the cheesecakes at your party will give pretty color to the cake stand, and gives guests options based on their preferences.
These Petite Blueberry Cheesecakes are made in a muffin tin, but they're not ridged as they'd be with regular paper muffin cups. Instead, we used paper baking cups that you'd use for baking popovers (available at your local kitchen or home goods store). These give your cheesecakes a nice, smooth edge, and you don't have to worry about getting the dessert un-stuck from a bare muffin tin. If you know that you'll be pressed for time the day of your party, you can always prepare this homemade cheesecake recipe in advance, and then freeze your treats for up to one month. When you're ready to serve, simply thaw the individual cheesecakes at room temperature before topping with your fruit preserves and garnish. Arrange your Petite Blueberry Cheesecakes on a pretty cake stand or tray, and prepare for the oohs and aahs!