Fresh Strawberry Cheesecake is not only delicious but it is a total show stopper! Just sit back and wait for all the oohs and ahhs you are going to get!
Valentine’s Day is less than a week away and I’ve been in a Valentine dessert kind of mood. As far as I’m concerned it doesn’t matter what I have for dinner but dessert better be good! This Fresh Strawberry Cheesecake is good! I was doing a little cheesecake experimenting last week and took this beauty to a Super Bowl Party we attended. It was so fun to walk in with this on a plate and listen to the comments! Wow! Yum! Amazing!
Not only does it get comments because it is so pretty but whenever I take something to a party there is usually a piece missing and people always comment on it! That’s basically the life of a food blogger. I have to get a picture of the sliced cheesecake before I take it to the party. And of course I have to taste test it too!!
I always know it’s a winner though when I go home with a totally empty plate!
This cheesecake starts with a base of graham cracker crumbs and pecans. I love the crunch and flavor that the pecans gives the crust.
Next comes the cheescake layer and then that is topped with a sour cream layer. I love the little bit of tang that it gives to the sweet cheesecake.
I know there are people who are afraid to make cheesecake because they worry about it cracking on top. Well, the best part about this cheesecake is it doesn’t matter! That sour cream layer hides any cracks there may be! The crowning glory of this cheesecake though is the fresh strawberry top. It’s nice if your strawberries can all be about the same size but when you buy the container full at the store they just don’t come all the same size. I was tempted to pick through them at the store and switch out some of the strawberries to get them the same size but I didn’t think the produce guy would appreciate that!
It looks so pretty just like this but a topping of raspberry jam thickened with cornstarch makes it even better. Yes, I used raspberry jam, not strawberry. This is my favorite raspberry jam.
Just pour the glaze over the top making sure it gets in between the strawberries. I like to let it run down the sides too, I love the way it looks even if it is a little messy!
This Fresh Strawberry Cheesecake is the perfect way to show your love this Valentine’s Day but be sure and grab yourself a piece before it disappears!
My favorite kitchen items I used to make FRESH STRAWBERRY CHEESECAKE:
SPRINGFORM PAN – this one is 10” but I also have 8 and 9”. I use them for cheesecake as well as lots of other things.
STRAWBERRY HULLER – I love this thing. It is the quickest and easiest way to hull a strawberry.
MINI FOOD PROCESSOR – this is the perfect thing for making graham cracker crumbs, chopping up nuts and all those small jobs that you don’t need a full size food processor for. I use this baby a lot!
- 3/4 cup pecans, chopped
- 3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
- 3 Tbsp butter, melted
- 4 8 oz pkgs cream cheese, softened
- 4 eggs
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 1 Tbsp lemon zest
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 cups sour cream
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 4 cups strawberries, hulled
- 1 13 oz jar of raspberry jam
- 1 Tbsp cornstarch
- 1 Tbsp Orange juice concentrate
- 1/4 cup water
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a bowl, combine pecans, graham cracker crumbs and butter. Mix and then press into bottom of 10 inch springform pan.
Beat together cream cheese until smooth. Add in eggs, sugar, lemon juice and vanilla. Beat until combined.
Spoon filling over crust into pan and bake for 40-45 minutes. Don't worry if it cracks in the middle! Remove from oven and cool at room temperature for 15 minutes. Leave oven on.
Mix together sour cream, sugar and vanilla and blend together. Spoon topping over cake after cake has cooled for 15 minutes. Pour into the middle and extend to within 1/2 inch of edge. Leave part of the cheesecake layer showing. Return to oven and bake for an additional 5-7 minutes. Cool and then refrigerate for at least 24 hours or up to 3 days.
Add cornstarch into a few Tablespoons of the jelly in a saucepan. Then add in remaining jelly, OJ concentrate and water. Stir over medium heat until thickened and clear. Cool until lukewarm.
With a sharp knife, loosen cheesecake from edge of pan and remove springform. Arrange hulled strawberries onto of cheesecake. Spoon glaze over the berries, allow some of it to drip down the sides of cake. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
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