Tegg's Nose Cheesecake

by Veronica

Following on our whinberry picking up Tegg's Nose, I made this quick 7 minute cheesecake for my grand niece's birthday party today.

Whinberries are a type of small bilberry / blueberry and are distinct from blueberries but part of the same fruit family. They grow wild round here and on Monday we went to Tegg's Nose and picked some to make cordials, jams, muffins etc.. I decided to make a Tegg's Nose cheesecake for my grand-niece's birthday party today.

Bilberry is also known in English by other names including blaeberry in Scotland,whortleberry in southern England, whinberry, winberry, windberry, wimberry in Northern England or fraughans in Ireland.

The cheesecake is a quick no bake cheesecake, different in texture to baked ones but delicious too.

Whinberries grow inside the bushes
Whinberries grow inside the bushes

The whinberries grow amongst the bushes. They are very small and the wild ones have a delicious flavour. They are easy to pick but small so lots are needed to get a useful harvest.

There millions of them
There millions of them

A family event

My 3 year old grandson helped with the foraging for whinberries today. He was surprisingly  good at it and  thoroughly enjoyed it. He climbed the hill ( 3 years old ) and held his box whilst he sat and picked whinberries ... but more whinberries went in his mouth than in his box .....

small boys love picking them
small boys love picking them
"I ate some grandma"
"I ate some grandma"

Tegg's Nose (Wild Whinberry) Cheesecake

Recipe by Veronica

This is a very quick non baked cheesecake which takes about 7 minutes to make before letting it set.

Serves: 8 

1 pack of ginger biscuits crushed

3 ozs butter melted

1 pot of mascarpone cheese

1 pot of whipping cream

3 ozs of icing ( confectioner's  )sugar

1 tsps vanilla essence


8 ozs berries

2 tbs icing ( confectioner's ) sugar

1 fl oz water



  • Crush the ginger biscuits and fold into the melted butter. Press into a non stick tin and place in the fridge.  
  • Whip the cream and sugar until very thick and then add the mascarpone and vanilla and whip until thick and creamy
  • Place on top of the ginger base. Keep in fridge
  • Put the water and half the berries in a pan with sugar and boil them , mash them down and then fold the rest of the berries in. Cool slightly and put on top of the cheesecake.
  • Chill until needed so the butter has cooled and set the ginger base.




Tegg's Nose Cheesecake
Tegg's Nose Cheesecake

I took this to my grand-niece's birthday today. It was all eaten, every bit. The fruit was still growing wild 48 hours beforehand.

Updated: 08/11/2016, Veronica
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Veronica on 04/17/2024

I am glad your food went down well . I think picking the whinberries from Tegg's Nose mountain side and using them soon afterwards in this unbaked cheesecake gives an extra freshness to the dish.

DerdriuMarriner on 04/15/2024

Thank you for your comments March 8, 2022, in answer to my previous, same-day questions.

Years 2022, 2023 and 2024 saw me following your recipe not more or less, but exactly (;-D!) because of reliable, tasty bilberry and mascarpone sources.

My previous "more or less" attempts were forgotten as of 2022 onward because of the crowd-pleasing, rave-review reactions to the Authentic Veronica Tegg's Nose (Wild Whinberry) Cheesecake.

Would they be as wonderful as yours? No, they would warrant -- with faithful recipe-following -- perhaps a Best Almost-Authentic, Near-Authentic Tegg's Nose (Wild Whinberry) Cheesecake medal in any non-baked cheesecake competition ;-D!

Veronica on 03/08/2022

whinberries and bilberries are small wild blueberries but because they are wild in the open they have a stronger taste. We love them here and they only grow wild in this part of England as far as I know.

Ginger biscuits( cookies ) on the base make an interesting flavour.

you do so well with your coioking. i am humbled by your skills. I am sure yours tastes wonderful

DerdriuMarriner on 03/08/2022

Re-visiting this appetite-inducing wizzley caused me to remember something that I meant to say in 2017, 2018 and 2019.

This recipe, which I followed more or less in each of those years, got rave reviews and lots of "Tastes like more" comments. A major contribution to the reaction is the way the finished product looks and the interaction between the ingredients, especially the crushed ginger cookies.

The less is because bilberries are rather uncommon here even though they have no problems with hardiness zones 3 through 8. It also is because the first year I made your recipe with cream cheese and blueberries, the second year with ricotta and blueberries and the third year with homemade mascarpone (from heavy cream cheese and lemon juice) and blueberries.

Internet sources mention that cream cheese with sour or whipping cream and Ricotta cheese substitute for mascarpone.

This year I plan to make your recipe, with bilberries and mascarpone now that there's a reliable source for them.

Would you have any idea how "my [improvised, temporary]" version of your recipe tastes like? Would it have been tasting anything like your recipe, which I happily will be following to the letter this year?

frankbeswick on 06/16/2017

In Staffordshire I have seen bilberries in low growing, ground level shrubs and also in a tall bush.

Veronica on 06/16/2017

Our milky West of Ireland skin is ideally suited to the North of England weather . :)

frankbeswick on 06/16/2017

Ditto, I also have a fair, freckled skin vulnerable to sunburn.

Veronica on 06/16/2017

great ty

frankbeswick on 06/16/2017

Blueberries and whinberries are distinct species. within the same genus,Vaccinium. Blueberries are the larger of the two and consist of species, Vaccinium corymbosum and angustifolium. Whinberries are divided into six species, of which mytrillus is the commonest.

My son, Matthew, and I picked bilberries [whinberries] on the Long Mynd in Shropshire, which is in the same broad area as the places that you are describing. This was a good way to augment a walk in the country.

Veronica on 06/16/2017


Whinberies is more common a name for them in this part of the world, . very very tiny blueberries.

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