Strawberry Cheesecake

11 Feb

Valentine’s Day is just three days away and have I got the perfect dessert for you to whip up for that special day.  The dreamiest strawberry cheesecake you will ever put in your mouth.

This strawberry cheesecake is not only a pretty presentation it is truly the best cheesecake I have ever eaten.  A lot of cheesecakes that I have tried in the past have a sort of dry like texture to them.  Not so with this one.  It is so wonderfully creamy and the perfect amount of sweetness that makes it not so rich you have to stop after a couple of bites.  In fact, you could eat the whole thing, but okay, we will not do that.  It is the perfect, delicious, creaminess from the first bite to the last.

When creating the crust for this cheesecake I was inspired by another dessert I make from time to time which is called “strawberry pretzel salad”.  It has a layer of crushed pretzels for the crust, then cream cheese and strawberry jello on top.  I love the saltiness of the pretzels combined with the sweet……so perfect, but then again I am the type of person who sprinkles M & M’s on my popcorn when at the movie theater.  That’s just me.  So, I decided to do the same thing with this cheesecake and create a pretzel crust rather than a cookie crust.  Oh my goodness, I am in Heaven!!!

My son actually requested that I make this for him.  It is his fave!  So now I get to share the sweet, creamy, wonderfulness with all of you guys.  I hope you will fall in love with this recipe like we have.  ENJOY!!!!

STRAWBERRY CHEESECAKE

1 1/4 c crushed pretzels

1/4 c sugar

1/3 c butter

3 (8 oz) packages cream cheese, softened

1 (14oz) can sweetened condensed milk

1/4 c lemon juice

3 eggs

1 tablespoon water

STRAWBERRY SAUCE

2 (10 oz) packages frozen sweetened strawberries

1 tbsp cornstarch

Combine pretzels, sugar and butter.  Press onto the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan.  Refrigerate for 30 minutes.  In a blender or food processor, combine strawberries and cornstarch; cover and process until smooth. Pour into a saucepan; bring to a boil.  Boil and stir for 2 minutes.  Set aside 1/3 cup stawberry sauce; cool.  Cover and refrigerate remaining sauce for serving.  In a mixing bowl, beat cream chesse until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in milk.  Add lemon juice: mix well.  Add eggs, beat on low just until combined.   Pour the mixture over the crust.  Drop the strawberry mixture by teaspoonfuls on top.  Use a knife or a toothpick to cut through the top to swirl the strawberry sauce.  Bake @ 300F (do not preheat oven) for 45-50 minutes. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Carfully run a knife around the edge of pan to loosen; cool 1 hour longer.  Refrigerate overnight.  Remove sides of pan.  Thin chilled strawberry sauce with water if desired; serve with cheesecake.  Store in refrigerator.

This recipe was adapted from www.allrecipes.com .

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27 Responses to “Strawberry Cheesecake”

  1. Rachael Symons February 11, 2012 at 11:13 am #

    This looks amazing, a stunning treat!

    • sugaredpecan February 11, 2012 at 2:22 pm #

      Thanks you so much!

  2. Choc Chip Uru February 11, 2012 at 12:52 pm #

    This cheesecake is perfection – I love the hearts you swirled through! How did you make that gorgeous design :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru
    Latest: 3 Layer Brownie Cheesecake

    • sugaredpecan February 11, 2012 at 2:21 pm #

      Just drag a toothpick through the middle of the little strawberry dollops and it just naturally looks like hearts….easy peasy.

  3. Michele February 11, 2012 at 1:05 pm #

    This was the best cheesecake! Pure heaven in your mouth! Loved it

  4. bakingbuzzybee February 11, 2012 at 3:07 pm #

    That’s beautiful and it’s a baked cheescake! My Dad’s favorite.
    I tried baking one a few days ago and it was …… alright, might try your recipe next time :)
    Is it a deep when you bake it?

    • sugaredpecan February 11, 2012 at 4:02 pm #

      I have put this in a water bath several times when cooking it but this time I did not and it turned out just as moist. Is that what you meant? Do give this a try, it is so wonderful! You will be happy with the results. I have also cook it in different size pans at the same settings and it turns out. I hope this helps. Donna

  5. filingawaycupcakes February 11, 2012 at 5:46 pm #

    Oh my gosh! This is wonderful, the strawberry mix on top really looks like valentines hearts:]

    • sugaredpecan February 11, 2012 at 9:09 pm #

      Thank you, I’m glad you like it.

  6. Simply Tia February 11, 2012 at 6:05 pm #

    You did a fantastic job!!! Pity, I have given up on trying to make cheesecake. It’s always something going wrong when I try so I’ve just settled with the fact that some ppl are good at certain things and others are good at other things. Cheesecake is not for me – but I loveeee to eat it though. I would sooo gobble up the beautiful strawberry cheesecake you made! Perfect treat for the upcoming “Lovers’ Day”

    • sugaredpecan February 11, 2012 at 9:06 pm #

      Well thank you! You make so many wonderful recipes yourself!

  7. Kaitlyn February 11, 2012 at 7:54 pm #

    What a beautiful dessert for Valentine’s day! You go girl!

  8. Malou February 12, 2012 at 7:53 am #

    Wow, this is the perfect “Valentine’s day” treat!

    • sugaredpecan February 12, 2012 at 7:59 am #

      Thanks you. It is really so delicious!

  9. delicio8 February 12, 2012 at 4:17 pm #

    The pretzels are a fabulous idea! I will have to try this one, make it a surprise for my Jason!

    • sugaredpecan February 12, 2012 at 4:33 pm #

      He will love it!!!!

      • delicio8 February 12, 2012 at 8:35 pm #

        I’ll let you know how it turns out. I think I will have to give some away to friends though. I don’t want us to eat the whole thing! Or maybe I can freeze slices?! I know you can buy frozen cheesecake.

      • sugaredpecan February 12, 2012 at 8:41 pm #

        Yes, my co-workers love for me to bring in the stuff I cook and it keeps us from eating it all! I haven’t tried freezing it but I would think it would be okay to do that.

  10. sallysbakingaddiction February 13, 2012 at 8:12 am #

    wow. this cheesecake looks PERFECT! those swirled hearts are SUCH a cute touch.

    • sugaredpecan February 13, 2012 at 7:37 pm #

      It really is a good one, it has never failed me.

  11. delicio8 February 14, 2012 at 11:37 am #

    Well I made it and it is wonderful! I only had an 8 inch springform but it worked just fine. Also I think I must have used much larger dollops of the strawberry cause I only got about 6 hearts and I made one big on in the middle. I wish I could post a picture here. Maybe I’ll just put it on my blog and link it to you for the recipe. I’ll let you know when I do that. Thanks so much! I also just got my grandma’s cheesecake recipe from my mom so I’m going to have to try that soon and compare to this one, cause this one is pretty damn good!

    • sugaredpecan February 14, 2012 at 7:02 pm #

      I loved your big hearts!!! It was great. So glad you made it. Thanks, Donna

  12. The Foodie Affair February 15, 2012 at 11:25 am #

    This is beautiful and I love the pretzel crust! Yum, yum, yum! Any leftovers ;)

    • sugaredpecan February 15, 2012 at 7:02 pm #

      We finished it up pretty quick! Thanks.

  13. canalcook February 17, 2012 at 8:03 am #

    This looks absolutely amazing!

    • sugaredpecan February 17, 2012 at 9:35 am #

      Thank you so much! It is a terrific little cheesecake.

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