With all of the fresh strawberries around it was only a matter of time before I started thinking about using them to make some sweet treats and first on my mind was a strawberry cheesecake! Although a fresh, unbaked, strawberry cheesecake is always nice I also enjoy a New York style baked cheesecake and so I made this strawberries and cream cheesecake with pretzel crust. This cheesecake is a pretty basic cheesecake with cream cheese, eggs, sugar, cream and pureed strawberries with the only real difference being that the moisture added by the fresh strawberries increases the baking time a little. Instead of using the standard graham cracker crumb crust I went with a slightly different, savoury, twist with a pretzel crumb crust! This strawberries and cream cheesecake with pretzel crust is so nice and light, creamy and smooth with a blend of sweet and savoury that goes perfectly well with the strawberry flavour!
Strawberries and Cream Cheesecake with Pretzel Crust
Al light and summer-y fresh strawberry New York style cheesecake!
- 1 1/2 cups pretzel crumbs (gluten-free for gluten-free)
- 4 tablespoons sugar
- 4 tablespoons butter, melted
- 24 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup heavy/whipping cream
- 1 pound strawberries, hulled and pureed
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice (optional)
- Mix the crumbs, sugar and butter and press into the bottom of a 8-9 inch springform pan.
- Beat the cream cheese, beat in the eggs, one at a time followed by the sugar, cream, strawberries and lemon juice.
- Pour the batter into the spring form pan, wrap the bottom of the pan in foil, place in a larger pan with a small amount of hot water and bake in a preheated 350F/180C oven until set, about 50 minutes, turn off the heat and let sit in the closed over for 15 minutes before removing and letting cool at room temperature.
Option: Replace the pretzel crumbs with graham cracker crumbs, vanilla wafer, crumbs, etc.
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