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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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.

Veronica on 06/16/2017

My daughter in law is very good and protects his young skin from the sun's rays at all times. WE are Irish by genetics and I have the Irish skin hat burns to a frazzle I the sun . I never go out unprotected

frankbeswick on 06/16/2017

I have noted that whinberries [also known as bilberries] are very common in the Southern moorlands of the Pennine hills, where Tegg's Nose is situated. When we walked the Staffordshire Cloud, also in that region, I saw how prolific they were.

But while we do get wild strawberries they are not as prolific where we re s they seem to be in your area, Derdriu. We do get blackberry in abundance.

DerdriuMarriner on 06/15/2017

Veronica, Very delicious-looking photographs and scrumptious recipe! Is that a favorite hat of your grandson's? Didn't it show up in the photo of him climbing across stepstones? His enthusiasm over fresh, wild berries is completely understandable since I find it difficult to resist snacking on wild strawberry ground cover while gardening.

Veronica on 01/23/2017

Thank you. I thinking picking the berries ourselves and making the cheesecake whilst the berries are fresh makes a huge difference.

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