*If you make your own lemon curd, you'll need about 2 large lemons. That should give you enough juice and zest for the curd recipe as well as enough zest for the cheesecake layer.
*You can use any clear jelly that will melt down into a syrup. Jams and preserves will not give you that shiny effect. I used apple, but you could use grape or blueberry or any flavor that works for you.
*If you want to make this a day ahead, I would make the cream cheese layer, spread it on your serving dish and cover with plastic wrap. The lemon curd will cover any marks you get if the plastic wrap touches the top. Make the lemon curd and keep it separate. Then, you can spread with the lemon curd and top with berries before serving. You could probably assemble the whole thing and refrigerate it (without any cookies in it) My only worry would be if the berries released any juice while sitting for an extended time in the refrigerator. Blueberries are unlikely to do that, but it's just as easy to place them on just before serving. Definitely wait to place cookies around the edge until just before serving.
*If you have any leftovers, they're great spread on pancakes, waffles, muffins or pound cake. I think it would also be delicious to stir into oatmeal for a special breakfast treat.
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