Haskap are juicy with a sweet berry flavour and can be used in just about any recipe that calls for blueberries or saskatoon berries. They're available at U-Pick orchards, but as yet, there is no directory to make that easy for home cooks and consumers. :(
You can read more about Saskatchewan haskap in my food column in today's Star Phoenix.
Haskap Cheesecake Pie
2 cups chocolate wafer crumbs
1/2 cup melted butter
1 package cream cheese (250 g)
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
3 eggs, separated
2 cups haskap berries (fresh or thawed)
Crush the chocolate wafers to a powder. Mix with melted butter. Press into bottom of pie plate. Whip together the cream cheese and sugar. Add vanilla, 3 egg yolks and 1 cup of haskap berries. Blend well. In another bowl, whip the egg whites until fluffy but not stiff. Fold egg whites into the cream cheese mixture. Pour mixture over cookie crumb base. Sprinkle on the remaining 1 cup of berries. Bake at 350F for 35-40 minutes. The centre of the pie will not be completely set, but will jiggle slightly. It will set as it cools. When cool, cover and refrigerate several hours. I like to serve it with a dollop of sour cream flavoured with a pinch of lime zest.