OK folks – this is the strawberry cheesecake I talked about a few weeks ago – the one where I made it and forgot to take a pic? Well, the same customer ordered another one!! 🙂 So I made it and this time, I remembered to take a picture. Now, I couldn’t get the prettiest pic, but I did the best I could. I wanted to get a picture of an actual piece of the cheesecake, but that will have to wait, as it’s not professional to cut the cheesecake, remove a slice, and then put it back. Pretty sure that looks poorly on my part. 😉 BUT I will be making another one this weekend to take to a Superbowl party, so I’ll grab a pic then. Hopefully…
Anyway, so this is my basic cheesecake recipe, but I’ve added real strawberries. So here’s how I did it;
Follow the above link, for the cheesecake recipe – BUT FIRST, take a package of fresh strawberries (normally they come in 10 ounce packages) and cut off the stems. Then put them in a food processor, along with about 1 tablespoon cornstarch. “Process” them until you have a nice non-lumpy juice/paste. (Like how professional I’m sounding?)
Take the juice/paste mixture and place into a pot on the stove over medium-high heat. Stirring constantly, bring the mixture to a boil and boil for 2 minutes. Remove from heat. I place the strawberry mixture in a separate bowl to cool down, but that’s your call.
While the strawberry mixture is cooling down, I make my cheesecake. Except don’t bake it yet! Once you have the cheesecake all set in the pan, then you drizzle as much or as little of the strawberry mixture over the top as you like. You can make a fancy design or glob it and leave it. Your call. Do what you want. The last cheesecake I made was a little prettier than this one, but eh. No two cheesecakes will ever be alike, I’m sure! 🙂
Once you have the strawberry mixture on top and mixed (or not) as you want, NOW you can bake the cheesecake as the directions state (325 degrees for 40-50 minutes). Allow to cool for about 10 minutes, and run a knife along the edges of the cheesecake pan (if using a cheesecake pan). Don’t remove the sides just yet, however. Allow the cheesecake to cool about another hour or so, and then remove the sides.
There you have it – strawberry cheesecake that is incredibly delicious. Insanely so. And VERY easy!! 🙂 ENJOY!