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!
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!