Thursday, April 15, 2010

Strawberries & Cream Cheesecake

I just recently bought a Springform Pan and am looking forward to my first attempt at a cheesecake.  My son, Paul loves cheesecake, so I'll let him be the judge of my effort.  If all goes well, I'll have a chance to try this out on Sunday.  Here's the recipe.

1 lb Strawberries (hulled)
3 Tbsp Light corn syrup
1 cup finely ground graham crackers (about 4 sheets)
1 cup plus 3 Tbsp sugar
3 Tbsp unsalted butter (melted)
1 lb plus 13 oz cream cheese (room temp)
1/4 tsp salt
2 large eggs (room temp)
1 vanilla bean (seeds scraped and reserved)
8 1/4 oz mascarpone cheese (room temp)

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.  Place strawberries in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet.  Drizzle with corn syrup, and toss gently to coat.  Bake until syrup thickens and strawberries turn deep red and shrink slightly about 1 hour 30 minutes.  Transfer strawberries and syrup to a medium bowl;, and mash with a potato masher.  Let cool completely.

Raise oven temp to 350 degrees.  Stir together graham cracker crumbs, 3 Tbsp sugar, and the melted butter into a small bowl.  Press mixture into the bottom of a 9" springform pan to make an even layer.  Bake until crust is firm to the tough and has just darkened about 10 mins.  Transfer pan to a wire rack and let crust cool completely.

Reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees.  Put cream cheese into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment; mix on medium-low speed until creamy, about 2 minutes.  Scrape down sides of bowl, then gradually add remaining cup of sugar and the salt.  Scrape down sides of bowl; add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition.  Scrape down sides of bowl, and mix in vanilla bean seeds and mascarpone until very creamy and no lumps remain, about 3 minutes.  (Reserve vanilla bean for another use.)

Transfer 5 cups cream cheese mixture to bowl with mashed strawberries; stir to combine.  Pour strawberry-cream cheese mixture on top of crust; smooth with an offset spatula.  Carefully spoon dollops of plain crem cheese mixture on top, smoothing with an offset spatula.

Wrap the exterior of the springform pan in 2 layers of foil; set in a large roasting pan.  Fill roasting pan with boiling water until water reaches halfway up the sides of the springform pan.  Bake cheesecake until set, about 1 hour to 1 hour 10 minutes.  Remove springform pan from water bath, and transfer to a wire rack to cool.  Refrigerate until cold, at least 4 hours (up to overnight).

Sounds just yummy!.

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