It seems that there is a “National Day” for everything, and what better way to celebrate “National Strawberry Day” on February 27th than with a yummy homemade strawberry cheesecake!
To get this recipe started, you’re going to make the crust, which to me is an important part of a good cheesecake because it needs to be buttery, crunchy and hold the cheesecake together. When you’re making a baked cheesecake, you’re going to want to use a springform pan that has removable bottoms and sides that are taken off once your cheesecake is done. This springform pan by Mrs. Anderson’s also has a nonstick coating for easy release.
After making sure the springform pan is lightly greased, press the dough on the bottom and an inch up the sides. Once it’s all set, bake it for 15 minutes.
The most important part of the cheesecake right? Softened cream cheese and sugar are certainly essentials in this recipe, but I think the real hero is the addition of lemon juice and zest! Lemon juice balances out the flavors of the cheesecake. I used fresh lemons from my yard because I had an abundance left this season.
Once your cheesecake is done baking, you’ll need to let it cool down slowly. Leave the cake in the oven with the door propped open for an hour. The cheesecake will finish setting and your patience will pay off with a gorgeous crack-free top!
First, you’re going to first want to give your strawberries a good bath. I love this 3-in-1 Berry Box. Not only is it a colander, but it’s also a serving bowl and it has a lid to keep it fresh in the fridge.
After the strawberries are rinsed, cut the strawberries and stir them together with sugar over medium heat. Cook until the mixture boils, becomes clear, and thickens. Remove from heat and let the glaze cool.
Once the glaze and cheesecake are cooled, you can spoon the glaze over the cheesecake. Keep refrigerated until you’re ready to serve. Doesn’t that look delicious?! Sometimes homemade recipes take a little bit more time, but in the end, every delightful bite is worth it!
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