Blueberry Passionfruit Cheesecake Parfait ~ Savory Simple

Hey everyone!  You won’t want to miss this no-bake dessert.  It’s light, flavorful and perfect for summer parties! What I love about cheesecake parfaits is that they’re so easy and quick to prepare compared to regular cheesecake recipes. All you need to do is prepare the components and then layer them in a dish of your choice (I chose a red wine glass for it’s fun shape which shows off the layers perfectly. 

Passionfruit curd is vibrant, tart and custardy and it contrasts perfectly with fresh summer blueberries. A delicate, lightly sweetened cream cheese mousse mellows out the curd and buttery graham cracker crumbs provide just the right amount of texture. This may be one of my new favorite desserts on the blog.

Blueberry Passionfruit Cheesecake Parfait
Prep time
Total time
Serves: 50min
Passionfruit Curd
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons (.75 ounces) cornstarch
  • 1 cup passionfruit puree
  • 4 ounces unsalted butter, at room temperature
Cheesecake Parfait
  • 1½ cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • ½ teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1½ cup heavy cream
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • splash of pure vanilla extract
  • 1 pint blueberries
Prepare the curd
  1. In a medium saucepan, whisk egg, egg yolks and sugar together until smooth. Whisk the corn starch together with a bit of passionfruit puree to create a slurry. Whisk the rest of the passionfruit puree and the slurry into the egg mixture. Continue to whisk over medium heat until thick, 10-15 minutes. It should be the consistency of pudding. Make sure the whisk hits the bottom of the pot to keep the bottom from burning. This is less likely to happen if you use a heavy-bottomed saucepan
  2. Over low-heat, slowly whisk in the pieces of butter
  3. Move the curd to a bowl and allow to chill in the refrigerator. It will continue to thicken as it cools. Lining the top of the curd with plastic wrap will prevent a skin from forming.
Prepare the parfait
  1. In a small bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs, melted butter and lemon zest. Set aside
  2. In a stand mixer with the whisk attachment, combine the heavy cream and cream cheese until they're incorporated. Add the sugar and vanilla and then turn the speed up to high and allow the mixture to reach a stiff peak
  3. In a decorative glass of your choice, layer the three ingredients : start with the cream cheese filling, followed by the curd, the crumbs and the blueberries. Take care with each layer to make sure it looks relatively level and even, though it doesn't need to be perfect. Finish by garnering the top with a small amount of cream cheese filling and blueberries


More Curd Recipes

Savory Simple – Lemon Sage Curd
Savory Simple – Grapefruit Curd Ice Cream

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  • Meghan

    OH WOW. That looks amazing!! Its the perfect summer treat!!

  • kristy @ the wicked noodle

    That’s so awesome! I met Marcus last summer and he’s a great guy. Love the recipe, too!

    • Savory Simple

      I will never live down the day I met him while in culinary school and didn’t recognize him. This was before he became such a celebrity chef, but STILL. I hope this somehow makes up for it?

  • Sawsan (Chef in disguise)

    This looks amazing! heading over to check out the recipe

  • Mama’s Gotta Bake

    Perfect for summer entertaining!

  • Choc Chip Uru

    What a stunning refreshing dessert :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  • Jill

    Yuummm! Going to check it out right now.

  • Catalina @ Cake with Love

    OMG this is one beautiful dessert! So nice that you made it in form of parfaits, they cn be served individually and just would be so fun to eat! I also like the flavor – passion fruit!

    • Savory Simple

      Oh man, I am obsessed with passion fruit!

  • Mad Dog

    Absolutely beautiful!

  • Asiya @ Chocolate and Chillies

    I was just googling how to bake with coconut oil and ended up on Marcus Samuelsson’s website…while browsing his site I saw these parfaits and thought they look amazing…then I came to your website to see if you had anything new and these parfaits popped up again :) These look amazing…hopping over to check the recipe out now!

  • Rachel @ Baked by Rachel

    How cute! The layers are so perfect too.

  • Maureen @ Orgasmic Chef

    I got a few heart palpitations when I first looked at the photo! OMG!

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci)

    So beautiful, headed over to check out the recipe!

  • kitchenriffs

    Wow, that looks terrific! You don’t see passion fruit used all that often these days. On my way to check out the post . . .

  • Anna

    Those look like the perfect summer dessert! Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious

    Just look at that gorgeousness! Heading over to catch the recipe :)

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    That looks so delicious and tempting! :D

  • Jessica@AKitchenAddiction

    Gorgeous! On my way to get the recipe!

  • Nami | Just One Cookbook

    Just checked your post over at Marcus’s website. You did an amazing job making this gorgeous parfait! I love blueberries and cheesecake combo and I wish I can have this for dessert. I love your photos Jen!

  • Valerie

    These parfaits look wonderful! Layer by layer, or dive right through the middle? (On my way to figure this out!) :D

  • Debra

    Yum! Yum and beautiful! I’m headed over to the other blog because I do want this recipe! :-)

  • Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen

    Love these.. they’re so pretty for summer and I have some sweet blueberries! I’m off to see your post:D xx

  • Jo

    These parfaits look absolutely gorgeous! I love the look of those layers!! Going to check out the recipe now!!

  • Jenn and Seth

    wow, these sound incredible! off to check out the post!

  • Tracy

    These look gorgeous! How perfect for summer!

  • Riley

    Passion fruit is one of my favorites! These look so delicious and super simple!

  • RebeccaSubbiah RD (@chowandchatter)

    fab dessert and awesome pic

  • Bashar A.

    Fantastic image and looks absolutely delicious :)

  • spree

    Sensational and dreamy gorgeous! Love the flavors in this and how beautifully it’s presented!

  • carrian

    We just made a passion fruit dessert, but I am totally going to have to try this one! I’m all about different textures, so while I loooooooved our version, I have to try this one!

  • Nicole

    Wow! You have some great recipes & your food pics are Amazing! I have been practicing food photography … I’ll be taking some inspiration from you.

  • Baker Street

    Absolutely stunning! I love parfaits and a cheesecake one sounds just the treat I want for this weekend. Hopping over for the recipe! :)

  • Jenny @ BAKE

    the colours in this photo are gorgeous!

  • Bill

    This looks so delicious! I love how the layers are separate and so well defined. Also, I’m sure the passionfruit totally transforms this and takes it to a whole other level!

  • Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama

    Oh my look at those colors. It looks to good to eat!

  • Roxana | Roxana’s Home Baking

    This are so pretty! Love the colorful layers. Perfect summer dessert on a quite evening

  • Brenda

    I love the layers of color. The recipe sounds wonderful … can’t wait to try it.

  • Liz

    Wow, this looks scrumptious!!! And your layers are beautiful…I’ve only made a couple layered desserts and they were nowhere near as lovely!

  • Kristi @ My San Francisco Kitchen

    Wow your blueberry parfaits look incredible! I wish I could have one of those right now :)