Monday, May 23, 2011

Strawberry Strawberry Cheesecake

I found this recipe here. I've made a no-bake strawberry cheesecake before but wasn't a big fan. I had been looking for a recipe that was a strawberry cheesecake. This one was pretty good but next time I would probably  use a recipe I liked already and incorporate strawberry into that one. Overall, though, this was a pretty yummy cheesecake with the fresh strawberries on top!
For the crust:1 and 1/4 cups crushed graham crackers5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

For the cheesecake:10 ounces frozen unsweetened strawberries, thawed, juices reserved
3 8-ounce packages cream cheese, room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3 large eggs
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
For the topping:1/3 cup strawberry jelly
3 cups fresh strawberries, sliced lengthwise (I only used about half of this)
For the crust: Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Prepare a 9-inch spring-form pan by buttering the bottom and sides generously, set aside.
Crush graham crackers until they are coarse crumbs.
Add the butter and process until the crumbs resemble sand.
Using your fingers, evenly press the crumbs in the bottom and up the sides (about 1 inch) of the spring-form pan.
Bake the crust for 8 minutes, set aside.
For the filling: Beat cream cheese and sugar in your stand mixer until smooth.
Blend in the flour.
Add the eggs until smooth.
Add sliced strawberries, lemon juice, vanilla, and almond extract, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary, and mix until well-blended.
Pour the filling evenly into the spring-form pan.
Bake the cheesecake for about 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until the sides are slightly puffed and cracked.
Remove the cheesecake from the oven, let cool slightly, and then refrigerate for at least 4 hours.
For the topping:  In a small saucepan over low heat, melt the jelly until smooth (do not boil).
Spread the jelly evenly over the top of the chilled cheesecake.
Decorate the top of the cheesecake with your sliced strawberries, and enjoy.

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