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Strawberry Cheesecake

 Strawberry Cheesecake
The creamy texture and lovely look of this cheesecake always gets compliments.
12 ServingsPrep: 30 min. Bake: 50 min. + chilling

Ingredients

  • CRUST:
  • 3/4 cup ground pecans
  • 3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • FILLING:
  • 4 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 4 eggs
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • TOPPING:
  • 2 cups (16 ounces) sour cream
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • STRAWBERRY GLAZE:
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 jar (12 ounces) strawberry jelly
  • 3 tablespoons orange-flavored liqueur or lemon juice
  • Red food coloring, optional
  • 1 quart whole fresh strawberries, hulled

Directions

  • Combine pecans, crumbs and butter. Press onto the bottom of a 10-in.
  • springform pan. Set aside.

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Strawberry Cheesecake (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • For filling, beat the cream cheese in a large bowl until smooth. Add
  • eggs, sugar, lemon juice and vanilla. Beat well. Spoon over crust.
  • Bake at 350° for 50 minutes or until filling is almost set. Let
  • stand for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, for topping, combine the sour
  • cream, sugar and vanilla. Spread over cheesecake and return to the
  • oven for 5 minutes. Cool to room temperature and refrigerate 24
  • hours.
  • Several hours before serving, prepare glaze. In a saucepan, combine
  • cornstarch and water until smooth. Add jelly and cook over
  • medium-high heat, stirring constantly, until jelly is melted and the
  • mixture has thickened. Remove from the heat; stir in liqueur and
  • food coloring if desired. Cool to room temperature.
  • Just before serving, loosen and remove sides of springform pan.
  • Arrange strawberries on top with pointed ends up. Spoon glaze over
  • berries, allowing some to drip down sides of cake. Serve
  • immediately. Yield: 12 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 slice) equals 453 calories, 22 g fat (11 g saturated fat), 126 mg cholesterol, 159 mg sodium, 56 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 6 g protein.