June 26, 2012

Strawberry Cheesecake

My husband and I had our last Bible study on James last night! We are really sad to be done because we have learned so, so much from our study and have gained so much wisdom from everyone in our group.  Our leaders were sweet enough to have us all over to their house for a wonderful dinner before the discussion and movie.  They also invited the seminarian who is at our church for the summer, and it was wonderful to have the opportunity to meet him and learn from what he had to say. 

I brought along some strawberry cheesecake for dessert. This is probably the best recipe for cheesecake I have ever found.  It is seriously so incredibly rich and creamy.  I've made it several times now, and it always seems to be a hit!  I found the recipe on allrecipes.  If you make it I hope you love it as much as I do! 


Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups graham cracker crumb
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 2 (10 ounce) packages frozen sweetened strawberries, thawed
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 3 softened packages cream cheese (8oz packages
  • 14 ounce can sweetened condensed mil
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 3 eggs


Directions:
1. Mix together the graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and butter.  Press the mixture onto the bottom of a 9 inch springform pan and put it in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes. 

2. Combine the thawed strawberries and cornstarch in a blender until smooth. 

3. Pour the mixture into a small saucepan and bring it to a boil.  Boil while stirring for 2 minutes.  Set aside 1/3 cup of the strawberry sauce and let it cool.  Put the rest of the sauce in a container in the refrigerator to be used to pour on top of cheesecake slices when you serve it.  

4. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. 

5. Beat the cream cheese in a large mixing bowl until it's light and fluffy.  Beat the condensed milk in.  Add the lemon juice and eggs with the beater on low until it's just combined.

6. Pour half of the cheesecake mixture into the springform pan.  Drop half of the strawberry sauce (the 1/3 cup you set aside) by 1/2 teaspoonfuls onto that layer.  Then carefully spoon the remaining cheesecake mixture on top of that. 

7. Cut through only the top layer with a butter knife to swirl the strawberry sauce.

8. Bake at 300 degrees for about 45-50 minutes or until the center is almost set. 

9.  Cool it for 10 minutes on a wire rack, then run a butter knife around the edge of the pan carefully to loosen it up.  Let it cool for one more hour and refrigerate it overnight.  This is optional, but I used cream cheese frosting to decorate around the top of the cheesecake to give it a prettier presentation.  

Just a little note - One of my friends made this without the strawberry stuff, and it makes an amazing plain cheesecake!  I think it would be so fun to have a cheesecake bar with plain cheesecake and lots of different toppings when you have people over for dinner.

Lastly, any tips on not having the top of your cheesecake get all cracked up?  I have not been able to master that skill yet! 

Love,
Caitlin 


7 comments:

  1. That cake looks gorgeous and yummy! I love baking and eating cheesecake! And this recipe is my favorite because it always turns out lovely and creamy. I have never used strawberries with this specific recipe but I have used blueberries many times. I also use this base recipe when I want to play around with new fruits or flavors.

    About the cracking... The best way I've found to avoid this is to avoid over-baking. I always take the cake out early. The middle of my cakes should wiggle just the tiniest bit when I take them out. If it's completely firm, you're likely get more cracking.

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    1. Yum I will have to try it with blueberries! It really is such a great base recipe. Thanks so much for the tip about cracking! I will have to try taking it out earlier next time.

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  2. Oh does that look divine!!! And the recipe looks easy :). I need to try this. Glad you enjoyed your Bible study so much.

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  3. Oh my goodness, Caitlin, that cake looks so delicious. I love cheesecake. Your cheesecake bar idea is great.

    I have enjoyed your series on James, and I will miss it, but it has sparked in me an interest in this much-overlooked part of the bible. Much thanks to you and your husband for sharing what you learned.

    And I love the new pictures you've sprinkled around. Such a happy, lovely family.

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    1. I am so glad you have enjoyed the series on James! :) We have loved the Bible study, and definitely recommend it if you ever have the chance to take it at your church.

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  4. I was thinking all morning about what to make for dessert when the priest from our new parish comes to bless our house and do our Enthronement to the Sacred Heart ceremony... then I remembered this post--this will be perfect! I can't wait to try it!

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    1. Ooo perfect! I hope you enjoy it! I also hope you have a wonderful night with your priest. :)

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