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Red, White and Blue Cheesecake

Total Time

Prep: 40 min. Bake: 1-1/4 hours + chilling

Makes

16 servings

I made this creamy cheesecake for a Fourth of July get-together with friends. Everyone raved about it, especially my friend's 9-year-old grandson. It looks so pretty and tastes delicious. —Connie LaFond, Troy, New York
Red, White and Blue Cheesecake Recipe photo by Taste of Home
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Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 3/4 cup cold butter, cubed
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • FILLING:
  • 5 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup half-and-half cream
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 cup crushed strawberries
  • 1 cup crushed blueberries
  • Fresh mixed berries, optional

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar and lemon zest. Cut in butter until crumbly. Whisk egg yolks and vanilla; add to flour mixture, tossing with a fork until dough forms a ball.
  2. Press onto bottom and 3 in. up sides of a greased 9-in. springform pan. Place pan on a baking sheet. Bake until golden brown, 12-15 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
  3. For filling, in a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Beat in cream, flour, lemon zest, salt and vanilla. Add eggs and yolk; beat on low speed just until combined.
  4. Divide batter in half. Fold crushed strawberries and crushed blueberries into half of the batter. Pour into crust. Top with remaining batter. Return pan to baking sheet.
  5. Bake at 400° for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 300° bake 60-70 minutes longer or until center is almost set. Cool on a wire rack 10 minutes. Carefully run a knife around edge of pan to loosen; cool 1 hour. Refrigerate overnight. Remove sides of pan.
  6. Garnish with fresh mixed berries and currants, if desired.

Nutrition Facts

1 slice: 472 calories, 35g fat (22g saturated fat), 167mg cholesterol, 320mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (20g sugars, 1g fiber), 8g protein.

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