Basic Cheesecake Recipe with Strawberry Topping

5 / 5 (1 review)

When Fred Meyer had cream cheese for $0.99 I stocked up! A few weeks ago I made homemade cheesecake for a dinner we were having with friends and it was a HUGE hit! Everyone loved it. It was pretty easy too. You just have to plan ahead so the cheesecake can bake for an hour and cool sufficiently before topping and serving. I baked my cheesecake the night before to give it plenty of time to cool.

Keep in mind that this is a basic cheesecake recipe and you can top it with pretty much anything you like. So if strawberries are not your thing you can use another berry, chocolate, caramel, whipped topping, or anything you like.

First crush your graham crackers. Crushing graham crackers can be really easy with this simple tip. Place graham crackers in a Ziploc bag and crush with a rolling pin. I always use my pastry pin which I love!


In  a bowl, mix together graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and butter and press into the bottom of a springform pan. I use a Nordic Ware Springform Pan. Bake for 10 minutes at 350º. Let cool.


To make cheesecake batter mix together softened cream cheese. Then gradually beat in 1 cup of sugar until fluffy. Add vanilla and lemon peel if desired. Beat in 3 eggs one at a time. Pour over crumb mixture. Bake at 300° until center is firm, about 1 hour. Cool at room temperature. Refrigerate at least 3 hours.

After refrigerating cheesecake top with strawberries. Cut the berries in the size that you desire. I cut mine in half or thirds depending on the berry size.  Time to make the gelatin berry topping. In a saucepan, mix together sugar and corn starch, until well blended. Add boiling water, and cook over medium heat until mixture thickens. Remove from heat. Add gelatin mix, and stir until smooth. Let mixture cool to room temperature. 

Pour gelatin mixture over strawberries until well covered and beautiful. Let cool until set.

It is a good idea to loosen the sides on the cheesecake in your springform pan before removing the sides of the pan for serving.

Remove the sides so you can serve cheesecake to friends, family or even just yourself. Yum-O!

ENJOY!

Basic Cheesecake Recipe with Strawberry Topping

5 / 5 (1 review)
Prep Time: 30-45 minutes | Cook Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Yield: 1 cheesecake | Serves: 12

Ingredients

  • Cheesecake Crust:

  • 1 ¼ Cups Graham Cracker Crumbs (about 15 squares)
  • 2 Tablespoons Sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons melted Butter or Margarine
  • Cheesecake Filling:

  • 19 oz Cream Cheese (2 ½ packages)
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla
  • 2 Teaspoons grated lemon peel (optional)
  • 3 Eggs
  • Cheesecake Topping:

  • 2 ½ Quarts Strawberries
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Cornstarch
  • 1 Cup Boiling Water
  • 1 (3 oz) package of Strawberry flavored Gelatin (Jell-o)

Instructions

  1. Cheesecake Crust:

  2. Crush your graham crackers by placing them in a Ziploc bag and crushing with a rolling pin.
  3. In a bowl, mix together graham cracker crumbs, sugar and butter and press into the bottom of a springform pan.
  4. Bake for 10 minutes at 350º.
  5. Let cool.
  6. Cheesecake Filling:

  7. Mix together softened cream cheese.
  8. Gradually beat in 1 cup of sugar until fluffy.
  9. Add vanilla and lemon peel if desired.
  10. Beat in 3 eggs one at a time.
  11. Pour over crumb mixture.
  12. Bake at 300° until center is firm, about 1 hour.
  13. Cool at room temperature.
  14. Refrigerate at least 3 hours.
  15. Cheesecake Topping:

  16. Cut the berries in the size that you desire.
  17. After refrigerating cheesecake cover the top with fresh cut berries.
  18. To make the gelatin berry topping mix together sugar and corn starch in a saucepan, until well blended.
  19. Add boiling water and cook over medium heat until mixture thickens.
  20. Remove from heat.
  21. Add gelatin mix, and stir until smooth.
  22. Let mixture cool to room temperature.
  23. Pour gelatin mixture over strawberries until well covered and beautiful.
  24. Let cool until set.
  25. It is a good idea to loosen the sides on the cheesecake in your springform pan before removing the sides of the pan for serving.
  26. Remove the sides so you can serve cheesecake to friends, family or even just yourself. Yum-O!

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