Yesterday was my birthday and no birthday is complete without a favorite dessert. Here is my heaven…new york style cheesecake with fresh strawberry topping! Mmmmm..love it! 🙂 A slice of smooth, creamy and rich cheesecake is the perfect way to celebrate my birthday and ring in the new year. I know what you are thinking…what is she doing giving me a recipe for a delicious cheesecake…I have started my new years resolution to lose weight! I know it’s torture…but think of how I feel every year! I had to choose to be good and have a strawberry or celebrate my birthday and have a slice of strawberry cheesecake! I think I know which one I am going to choose! 😉
New York Style Cheesecake
For the Crust:
- 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, plus 1 additional tablespoon, melted, for greasing the pan
- 8 whole (4 ounces) graham crackers, broken into rough pieces and processed in a food processor into fine, even crumbs
- 1 tablespoon sugar
For the Cheesecake:
- 2 1/2 pounds (5 8-ounce packages) cream cheese, cut into 1-inch chunks, room temperature
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 1/3 cup sour cream
- 2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 large egg yolks, at room temperature
- 6 large eggs, at room temperature
For the crust: with the oven rack in the lower-middle position, heat oven to 325 degrees F. Brush the sides and bottom of a 9-inch springform pan with ½ tablespoon of melted butter.
In a medium bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs and sugar. Add 5 tablespoons melted butter and toss with a fork until the mixture is evenly moistened. Transfer the crumbs to the springform pan and use the bottom of a ramekin or glass to press the crumbs evenly into the bottom of the springform pan.
Bake until fragrant and beginning to brown around the edges, about 13 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
For the cheesecake, increase the oven temperature to 500 degrees F. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the cream cheese at low speed to break up and soften it slightly, about 1 minute. With a rubber spatula, scrape the beater and the bottom and sides of the bowl. Add the salt and about half of the sugar and beat at low speed until combined, about 1 minute. Scrape down the bowl; beat in the remaining sugar until combined, about 1 minute. Scrape down the bowl; add the sour cream, lemon juice, and vanilla and beat at low speed until combined, about 1 minute.
Scrape down the bowl; add the egg yolks and beat at low speed until thoroughly combined, about 1 minute. Scrape down the bowl; add the remaining eggs 2 at a time, beating until thoroughly combined, about 1 minute, scraping the bowl between additions.
Brush the sides of the springform pan with the remaining ½ tablespoon melted butter.
Place the springform pan on a rimmed baking sheet (to catch any spills in case the pan leaks). Pour filling into the cooled crust and bake 10 minutes; without opening the oven door, reduce the oven temperature to 200 degrees and continue to bake until the cheesecake reads about 150 degrees on an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center, about 1½ hours.
Transfer the cake to a wire rack and cool until barely warm, 2½ to 3 hours. To free the sides of the cheesecake from the pan, run a paring knife between the cake and the pan sides. Keep the pan sides intact. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate until cold, at least 3 hours.
To unmold the cheesecake, removed the sides of the pan. Slide a thin metal spatula between the crust and the bottom of the pan to loosen, then slide the cake onto a serving plate. Let the cheesecake stand at room temperature about 30 minutes, then cut into wedges and serve. (Use a long, thin, sharp knife that has been run under hot water and then dried for slicing. Wipe the blade clean and rewarm between slices.) Serve with strawberry topping.
- 2 pounds strawberries, cleaned, hulled, and cut lengthwise
- 1/2 cup sugar
- pinch salt
- 1 cup strawberry jam
- 2 tablespoons juice from 1 lemon
In a medium bowl, combine strawberries, sugar and salt. Allow to stand at room temperature 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
In the work bowl of a food processor, process jam until smooth, about 8 seconds.
Transfer to a small saucepan set over medium-high heat. Bring jam to a simmer stirring frequently, until dark and no longer frothy, about 3 minutes.
Remove from heat and mix in lemon juice. Pour the jam mixture over the strawberries and stir to combine.
Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 2 hours.
Source: Baking Illustrated
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