Cheesecake is easily one of the best desserts we have out there. The creamy and tangy cake comes in a variety of flavors that not only make our tastebuds sing but also gives us the power to choose from dozens of recipes. Though, the one that holds its place in our hearts is strawberry cheesecake. The sweetness of fruit and the tartness of cream cheese complement one another beautifully and we can't help but want it on a daily basis. Well, we're about to make that dream a little easier with our recipe!

Strawberry Cheesecake Recipe

a cheesecake topped with strawberries

What You'll Need For The Crust

  • 1 1/4 cups of graham cracker crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar
  • 4 tablespoons of melted butter

What You'll Need For The FIlling

  • 24 oz of cream cheese
  • 1 cup of granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla

What You'll Need For The Topping

  • 2 cups of hulled strawberries
  • 1 1/2 cups of pureed strawberries
  • 1 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 tablespoon of cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla

Steps

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Mix your graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and butter in a medium bowl.
  • Once everything is combined, press the mixture to the bottom of a greased 9-inch pan. Bake the crust for 10-15 minutes or until it turns golden brown.
  • Remove from heat and reduce the oven's temperature to 300 degrees F.
  • In a large bowl beat the cream cheese and sugar until everything is smooth.
  • Add your eggs one by one to the cream cheese and sugar. Beat the mixture after you add each egg, but don't overbeat.
  • Add the lemon juice and vanilla and beat until everything is mixed.
  • Pour your filling onto your graham cracker crust.
  • Place the dish in the oven and bake until the middle is still a bit jiggly. This should take you between 50 minutes to 1 hour and 15 minutes. Check throughout the cooking time.
  • After the allotted time, remove the cheesecake from the oven and wrap with plastic wrap. Stick in the fridge for 4-6 hours until completely cool. You can also let it cool in the fridge overnight.
  • For the topping, add the water and cornstarch to a saucepan and let simmer over medium heat. Continue to stir the mixture for 10-15 minutes until it becomes thick.
  • Stir in the strawberry preserves and allow the mixture to boil for 1-2 minutes then remove from heat and cool to room temperature.
  • Arrange the 2 cups of strawberries atop your cheesecake with their ends pointed up.
  • Take a spoon and drizzle the topping over the strawberries. Allow everything to cool completely.

Additional Ingredients

When you're making the topping you can add more lemon to it for a tangier twist. In addition to the lemon juice, you can add 1 teaspoon of lemon zest and mix it in with lemon juice and vanilla.

To make the glaze on your strawberry cheesecake really pop, you can add some food coloring to the mix. Once you remove your glaze from the heat you can mix your food coloring in with the strawberry preserves.

a slice of strawberry cheesecake on a white plate

Bring a smile to your guests' faces with this simple strawberry cheesecake recipe! Don't forget to top it with whipped cream or with a side of ice cream for even more sugary goodness.

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