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Matt’s Birthday Cheesecake

I offered to take Matt to a variety of restaurants for his birthday, but he asked for a homemade meal of his favorite foods instead. One of his favorite desserts is cheesecake, so while he was at work I made a very simple one – the cheesecake itself it only lightly flavored, making it the perfect pairing with a super thick strawberry topping. The result was tasty, and made a lovely end to a birthday meal.

Matts Birthday Cheesecake

Adapted from epicurious.com
Makes one 8″ cheesecake
Leftover Potential: Keeps well, refrigerated for up to 3 days.

8 oz sugar cookie crumbs
1/4 cup melted butter
pinch salt

16 oz cream cheese, room temperature
1 1/4 cup sugar
2 Tbsp lemon juice
1 Tbsp vanilla
pinch salt
1 1/2 Tbsp flour
2 eggs
1 egg yolk

3 cups strawberries, diced
1/2 cup sugar
1 vanilla bean, scraped

1. In a bowl, combine the cookie crumbs, butter, and salt until the mixture comes together. If needed, add another tablespoon of melted butter.
2. Press the mixture into an 8″ cake pan that has been lightly greased and lined with parchment. Bake at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes.
3. In an electric mixer, cream the cream cheese, sugar, lemon juice, vanilla and salt together until light and fluffy. Add the flour, mixing just to combine. Add the eggs and scrape well after they are fully incorporated. Pour the mixture onto the cooled par-baked crust. Bake until the edges are set, but the outside is still slightly wobbly (a technical term), about 25-35 minutes. Cool completely, remove from pan, and chill.
4. In a small pot, combine the strawberries, sugar, and vanilla bean. Bring the mixture to a simmer, and boil away until the mixture until it is thick enough to coat a spoon. Cool completely, then spread evenly over the cheesecake.

One Response

  1. What a fabulous birthday dessert. I can see why he wanted you to make this….yum!

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