Strawberry Cheesecake


Introduction

This strawberry cheesecake is a classic dessert that is sure to please. It is rich and creamy, with a graham cracker crust and fresh strawberry topping. This recipe is easy to follow and can be made ahead of time, making it perfect for entertaining.

Ingredients

-1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
-1/4 cup sugar
-6 tablespoons butter, melted
-2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
-1 cup sugar
-2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
-1 teaspoon vanilla extract
-2 eggs
-1 pint fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced

Method

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

2. In a medium bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and butter. Press mixture into the bottom and up the sides of a 9 inch springform pan.

3. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Add sugar, flour, and vanilla, and beat until well blended. Add eggs and mix just until combined. Pour mixture into prepared crust.

4. Bake for 45 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool for 10 minutes. Arrange strawberries on top of cheesecake. Return to oven and bake for an additional 10 minutes.

5. Chill cheesecake for at least 4 hours before serving.

Potential changes & improvements

-You could use any type of berries in this recipe, or a combination of berries.
-For a richer cheesecake, you could use full-fat cream cheese.
-To make a lower calorie cheesecake, you could use light cream cheese and low-fat graham crackers.

What other food it works well with

This cheesecake is delicious on its own, but could also be served with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of ice cream.

Common Mistakes

-Be sure to use softened cream cheese, or your cheesecake will be lumpy.
-Be careful not to overmix the batter, or your cheesecake will be tough.

Nutritional Information

-Calories: 350
-Fat: 22 g
-Saturated Fat: 13 g
-Cholesterol: 82 mg
-Sodium: 290 mg
-Carbohydrates: 32 g
-Fiber: 1 g
-Sugar: 24 g
-Protein: 5 g

Allergens

-Dairy
-Eggs
-Wheat


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