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Contest-Winning Neapolitan Cheesecake

As a child, I loved Neapolitan ice cream. I thought it would be fun to create a cheesecake with the same flavors. This smooth, creamy layered beauty is the result. Each layer is just rich with flavor. —Sue Gronholz, Beaver Dam, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep: 45 min. Bake: 65 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    12 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cream-filled chocolate sandwich cookie crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • FILLING:
  • 4 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1-1/3 cups sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 4 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup fresh strawberries, hulled
  • 1 to 2 drops red food coloring, optional
  • 1/4 cup seedless strawberry jam, warmed
  • Sliced fresh strawberries and sweetened whipped cream

Directions

  • Place a greased 9-in. springform pan on a double thickness of heavy-duty foil (about 18 in. square). Securely wrap foil around pan.
  • In a small bowl, combine the cookie crumbs, sugar and butter. Press onto the bottom of pan; set aside.
  • In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Beat in the flour, cream and extracts. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined. Divide batter into thirds.
  • In a microwave, melt chocolate chips; cool to room temperature. Stir melted chocolate into one portion of batter; pour over crust. In a food processor, puree strawberries. Add pureed strawberries and food coloring if desired to another portion; gently spread over chocolate layer. Place springform pan in a large baking pan; add 1 in. of hot water to larger pan.
  • Bake at 325° for 40 minutes or until center is just set and top appears dull. Gently spread remaining batter over top. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until top appears dull. Remove springform pan from water bath. 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 pan. Drizzle jam over cheesecake; garnish with strawberries and whipped cream.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice (calculated without garnishes): 563 calories, 38g fat (22g saturated fat), 167mg cholesterol, 340mg sodium, 49g carbohydrate (40g sugars, 1g fiber), 10g protein.

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  • marifields
    Aug 20, 2015

    I took this cheesecake to a community event and it was the star of the evening! An unknown gentleman actually got down on his knees to thank me for this beautiful, absolutely scrumptious slice of heaven!

  • VienneM
    Dec 29, 2014

    Fantastic! Delicious! Amazing! So good! You need to try this if you like baked cheesecakes! Instead of the recommended garnish, I just covered the cheesecake in a dark chocolate ganache and drizzled it with white chocolate- also stunning and very tasty! Received many compliments on this cheesecake! I made it in a 10 inch pan but still baked for about as long as the recipe recommended.

  • miush
    May 7, 2014

    This is not a "mix and go" cake, but for a special occasion - my baby's 21st birthday - it was perfect. It requires a night's refrigeration, so start a day ahead of time...The flavors mix perfectly, and even in my two-left-hands it came really pretty.The crust adds some crunch to this smooth wonderful treat.Get your cholesterol medication and eat a slice!