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Strawberry Cheesecake Two Ways - Beginner & Expert

Strawberry Cheesecake Two Ways - Beginner & Expert

Every home cook, whether they are a trained professional or a newlywed new to the kitchen, should have a delicious and decadent cheesecake recipe in their repertoire. Cheesecake is one of those desserts that pleases a crowd time and time again and is better made in advance so it has time to set and chill. There are hundreds of varieties, but the classic combination of cheesecake and strawberries always pleases. I've found two recipes - one for the advanced and one for the novice (or those short on time) - that are equally scrumptious and completely doable in any home kitchen. Champagne pairs perfectly with either of these recipes, so choose the one that suites you, just

Beginner Strawberry Cheesecake
From Kraft Foods

1 Graham Cracker crumb pie crust
1 pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup sugar
1-1/3 cups fruit juice of your choice such as orange juice, raspberry juice, limeade, grape juice or pink lemonade
2 cups sliced, fresh strawberries
1 tub (8 oz.) Cool Whip or other Whipped Topping, thawed

  1. Beat cream cheese and 3/4 cup sugar with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended.
  2. Add fruit juice; mix until blended.
  3. Gently stir in berries and whipped topping.
  4. Pour over prepared crust.
  5. Freeze 6 hours or until firm.
  6. Let stand at room temperature 15 minutes before cutting to serve.

Serves 12.

Expert Strawberry Cheesecake
From Martha Stewart

1 1/2 pounds strawberries, hulled
3 tablespoons light corn syrup
1 1/2 cups finely ground graham crackers, (about 4 sheets)
1 cup plus 3 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1 pound plus 13 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs, room temperature
1 vanilla bean, seeds scraped and reserved
8 3/4 ounces mascarpone cheese, room temperature

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  2. Place strawberries in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle with corn syrup, and toss gently to coat.
  3. Bake until syrup thickens and strawberries turn deep red and shrink slightly, about 1 hour 30 minutes.
  4. Transfer strawberries and syrup to a medium bowl, and mash with a potato masher. Let cool completely.
  5. Raise oven temperature to 350 degrees.
  6. Stir together graham cracker crumbs, 3 tablespoons sugar, and the melted butter in a small bowl. Press mixture into the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan to make an even layer. Bake until crust is firm to the touch and has just darkened, about 10 minutes.
  7. Transfer pan to a wire rack, and let crust cool completely.
  8. Reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees.
  9. Put cream cheese into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment; mix on medium-low speed until creamy, about 2 minutes.
  10. Scrape down sides of bowl, then gradually add remaining cup sugar and the salt.
  11. Scrape down sides of bowl; add eggs, 1 at a time, mixing well after each addition.
  12. Scrape down sides of bowl, and mix in vanilla bean seeds and mascarpone until very creamy and no lumps remain, about 3 minutes. (Reserve vanilla bean for another use.)
  13. Transfer 5 cups cream cheese mixture to bowl with mashed strawberries; stir to combine.
  14. Pour strawberry-cream cheese mixture on top of crust; smooth with an offset spatula. Carefully spoon dollops of plain cream cheese mixture on top, smoothing with an offset spatula.
  15. Wrap the exterior of the springform pan in 2 layers of foil; set in a large roasting pan. Fill roasting pan with boiling water until water reaches halfway up the sides of the springform pan.
  16. Bake cheesecake until set, about 1 hour to 1 hour 10 minutes.
  17. Remove springform pan from water bath, and transfer to a wire rack to cool.
  18. Refrigerate until cold, at least 4 hours (up to overnight).

Serves 8-10.

Join The Conversation
michstines michstines 10 years
I made the Martha version once, def an expert cake. The key is having a larger spring pan than is recommended because the proportions fill the smaller pan too much and it won't cook through. Tasted great even if it wasn't fully cooked!
The_coffeegirl The_coffeegirl 10 years
I want them both! Now if only I had a springform pan...
partysugar partysugar 10 years
Ashleyk4214 substituting homemade whipped cream for cool whip would be absolutely divine and definately give it a much more made from scratch feel. Let me know how it comes out!
JustPlainJane JustPlainJane 10 years
Yummy, gotta try the martha stewart one!!
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
They both look tasty, but the expert one looks very chic.
ALSW ALSW 10 years
I must be the only person in the world who doesn't like (at all) cheesecake!
ashleycakes ashleycakes 10 years
I don't think the strawberry is squished, I think it is cut to lay down like that. I think I like the novice one better too. It looks really easy to make, I wonder if using whipped cream instead of cool whip would give it a more "made from scratch" taste to it?
Julie2812 Julie2812 10 years
I'll take note of these! cheesecake!
woodycakes woodycakes 10 years
sounds amazing! i'm going to keep this one.
Calimie Calimie 10 years
*copies down both of them*
designergirl designergirl 10 years
My signature recipe is a mascarpone cheesecake. These look great and cheesecake is always really easy. Even if you choose the expert one- it's not hard at all. It's always really impressive too.
chatoyante chatoyante 10 years
LOL Andrea! Yeah, that's kind of weird. But I'd still eat the cake...
rb24 rb24 10 years
rainonme224 rainonme224 10 years
they both look delicious. I really don't know anyone who doesn't like cheesecake, its the perfect dessert to bring.
andrea426 andrea426 10 years
the beginners one actually looks better to me! YUM! but how come theres a sad/squished looking strawberry on the plate?
cindyco cindyco 10 years
yumm i love cheesecake. my favourite being plain new york cheesecake with an oreo crumb cookie base.
Cheetah521 Cheetah521 10 years
Yummmm! Both recipes sound really good. Cheesecake is my favorite! :drool:
Danni99 Danni99 10 years
I couldn't agree more! Something really special happens when you bring out a homemade cheesecake for your guests. Both of those cheesecakes look delicious! My specialty cheesecakes are a yummy lemonade cheesecake, and a key lime one. So fun in the summer!
Jennifer_2sugar Jennifer_2sugar 10 years
Now i am craving sweets! That looks so yummy!
AucuneRancune AucuneRancune 10 years
Oh. My. Goodness. YUM!
Phasekitty Phasekitty 10 years
Wow, sounds yummy and challenging, but I'd definitely love to try :)
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