This classic New York-style cheesecake,embellished with crushed, fresh strawberries is the quintessential’luxury’ cake for a special occasion such as an engagement, birthdayor anniversary.
Recipe: Ultimate StrawberryCheesecake
1 3/4 cups graham cracker crumbs 1/2 cup butter, melted 2 tablespoons granulated sugar 2 cups cottage cheese 2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar 2 large eggs 1/2 cup cornstarch 2 tablespoons lemon juice 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted 2 cups sour cream 1/3 cup light corn syrup 1/4 cup water 1 tablespoon cornstarch 1/4 cup crushed strawberries 1 teaspoon lemon juice 1/8 teaspoon red food coloring, optional
Preheat oven to 325°F (160°C).
Combine graham cracker crumbs, butterand sugar; mix to blend. Spread in bottom of a 9-inch springformpan; set aside.
Press cottage cheese through a sieve intoa large mixing bowl; add softened cream cheese. Beat on highsetting with an electric mixer until well blended. Beat in sugar,then eggs. Reduce mixer speed to low; beat in cornstarch, lemonjuice and vanilla.
Add butter and sour cream; beat untilsmooth. Pour into reserved springform pan. Bake for 1 hour 10minutes or until firm around the edge. Turn oven off; leave cheesecakein closed oven for two additional hours. Remove from oven; refrigeratefor at least 1 hour.
Meanwhile prepare glaze by mixing cornsyrup, water and cornstarch in a small saucepan. Blend untilsmooth. Add strawberries; bring boil for 1 minute. Strain intoa small mixing bowl. Stir in lemon juice and (optional) red foodcoloring. Cool slightly, then drizzle on top. Smooth with a knife.
Refrigerate until time to serve.
Makes 16 servings.
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