Strawberry: Strawberry-Strawberry Cheesecake

posted by Terrytx 03-01-102 6:59 AM

* Exported from MasterCook *
Strawberry-Strawberry Cheesecake
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Serving Size : 12 Preparation Time :0:00
Categories : Desserts
Amount Measure Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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1 (10-ounce) package shortbread cookies (such as Lorna Doone)
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

10 ounces frozen unsweetened strawberries (about 2
3/4 cups), thawed, juices reserved
3 (8-ounce) packages cream cheeese, room temperature
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3 large eggs
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract

1/3 cup strawberry or currant jelly
3 (1-pint) baskets fresh strawberries, hulled, halved

For crust: Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Butter 9-inch-diameter springform pan with 2 3/4-inch-high sides. Grind cookies in processor to coarse crumbs. Add butter and blend until crumbs are evenly moistened. Press crumb mixture over bottom and 1 inch up sides of prepared pan. Bake crust just until golden, about 8 minutes. Set aside while preparing filling. Maintain oven temperature.

For Filling: Puree thawed strawberries, and juices in processor until smooth. Measure 3/4 cup puree (reserve any remaining puree for another use); do not wash bowl. Add cream cheese and sugar to processor. Blend until smooth. Using on/off turns, blend in flour. Add eggs; process until smooth, scraping down sides of bowl occasionally. Add 3/4 cup strawberry puree, lemon juice, vanilla extract and almond extract; process until well blended. Transfer filling to prepared crust.

Bake cake until center is softly set and edges begin to color, puff and crack, about 1 hour 15 minutes. Place hot cheesecake on rack. Refrigerate uncovered on rack until cold, at least 4 hours. (Can be made
2 days ahead. Cover and keep refrigerated.)

For topping: Using small knife, cut around pan sides to loosen cake; remove pan sides. Stir jelly in heavy saucepan over low heat until melted. Arrange berry halves atop cheesecake in concentric circles; brush
with warm jelly to glaze. Chill at least 1 hour and up to 8 hours.

Source: Bon Appetit-3/02

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