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Strawberries and Champagne Cheesecake

 Strawberries and Champagne Cheesecake
I bake from scratch because I believe that love—and sweetened condensed milk—are the best ingredients. —Kathryn Work, Louisville, Kentucky
12 ServingsPrep: 45 min. Bake: 55 min.+ chilling

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Champagne or other sparkling wine
  • 2 cups chocolate graham cracker crumbs (about 14 whole crackers)
  • 2 cups sugar, divided
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup sliced fresh strawberries
  • 3 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 egg yolks
  • TOPPING:
  • 20 fresh strawberries, hulled
  • 1/3 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon shortening, divided
  • 1/3 cup white baking chips
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar

Directions

  • Place Champagne in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil; cook until
  • liquid is reduced to about 1/4 cup, about 8 minutes. Set aside to
  • cool.
  • In a small bowl, combine the cracker crumbs, 1/2 cup sugar and

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Strawberries and Champagne Cheesecake (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • butter. Press onto the bottom and 1-1/2 in. up the sides of a
  • greased 9-in. springform pan; set aside. Arrange sliced strawberries
  • over the bottom.
  • In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and remaining sugar until smooth.
  • Beat in the sweetened condensed milk, cornstarch and reduced
  • Champagne. Add eggs and egg yolks; beat on low speed just until
  • combined. Pour over strawberries. Place pan on a baking sheet.
  • Bake at 325° for 55-60 minutes or until center is almost set.
  • Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Carefully run a knife around
  • edge of pan to loosen; cool 1 hour longer. Refrigerate overnight.
  • Remove sides of springform pan. For topping, wash strawberries and
  • gently pat with paper towels until completely dry. Slice and arrange
  • over cheesecake. In a microwave, melt chocolate chips and 1/2
  • teaspoon shortening; stir until smooth. Drizzle over strawberries.
  • Repeat melting and drizzling with white baking chips and remaining
  • shortening.
  • In a small bowl, beat cream until it begins to thicken. Add
  • confectioners' sugar; beat until soft peaks form. Serve cheesecake
  • with whipped cream. Yield: 12 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 slice equals 684 calories, 42 g fat (25 g saturated fat), 185 mg cholesterol, 378 mg sodium, 68 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 9 g protein.