cheesecake for the b-day guy

We celebrated Mr. Tim‘s birthday over the weekend with lots of friends and lots of food.  Cheesecake, particularly the strawberry variety, is a favorite of Tim’s…so that’s what I made!

I found a 5-star recipe on and adapted it (I have problems following recipes exactly–maybe it’s my hidden creative side that’s never really found its way out)…

Strawberry Cheesecake (yields 9-inch cheesecake)

  • 1 1/2 c. graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/3 c. butter, melted
  • 2 T. sugar
  • 16 oz. frozen sweetened strawberries, thawed
  • 1 T. cornstarch
  • 3 (8 oz) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 T. lemon juice

Combine cracker crumbs, butter and sugar.  Press into an ungreased springform pan; refrigerate.  In blender or food processor, combine strawberries and cornstarch until smooth.  Pour into saucepan; bring to boil.  Boil 2 minutes, stirring constantly.  Set aside 1/2 cup of the strawberry sauce.  Refrigerate the remaining sauce (approximately 1 cup) for serving.

In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese until fluffy.  Add sweetened condensed milk, eggs and lemon juice; beat on low until combined.  Pour half the cream cheese mixture onto crust.  Drop 1/4 cup of the strawberry sauce by teaspoonfuls onto cream cheese mixture.  Spoon remaining cream cheese mixture over sauce.  Drop remaining sauce by teaspoonfuls on top.  With a knife, cut through top layer to swirl sauce.  Bake at 325 for 60-70 minutes or until center is almost set.  Cool on wire rack 15 minutes; run knife around edge to loosen; cool an hour longer.  Refrigerate until ready to serve.  Remove sides of pan; serve with reserved strawberry sauce over individual pieces.

(He didn’t really turn 84, but it was a pretty fun joke)


Calla LOVES birthdays and nearly burst with excitement over the cakes and ice cream.


Happy birthday Mr. Tim!  You deserve it!


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