Cheesecake is one of our favorite desserts. I have several that I like a lot. I especially love eating rich chocolatey cheesecakes when we go out to eat. But when I want to go back to basics and just have a classic New York style cheesecake with a strawberry glaze then this is the recipe I go to. I double the standard Betty Crocker recipe and use a 10-inch springform pan. I only use one batch of the strawberry glaze (that’s plenty), although I made a double batch this time since I had so many strawberries.
This classic cheesecake recipe is outstanding and makes a wonderful contribution to your cheesecake collection. A delicious cream cheese filling is topped with a strawberry glaze or a cherry glaze–your preference. I prefer it with the strawberry glaze. The spectacular presentation is certain to wow your guests.
Thankfully, my two boys didn’t inherit my sweet tooth gene. They can usually take or leave desserts – which means they usually leave them. Cheesecake on occasion is about the only thing they allow themselves to have. This recipe is sure to please the whole family. I had forgotten about this recipe in the Betty Crocker cookbook until having it last year at a party. Oh, my, this is a heavenly dessert!
So, allow yourself to splurge and pamper yourself with this great recipe sometime — for special occasions, or NOT!
Beautiful, elegant, delicious!
Company Cheesecake with the Strawberry Glaze is absolutely superb!
This cheesecake is a great recipe to have for guests — just like the name implies!
Here’s a look at the cheesecake before I cut into it.
Company Cheesecake is so rich and delectable. You will LOVE this dessert!
Here’s a look at the inside of the cheesecake.
Each forkful is mouthwatering!
Here’s what I did.
Measure bread crumbs into a mixing bowl.
Stir to combine.
Spray a 10″ springform pan with Baker’s Joy cooking spray since it has the flour in the spray. Press graham cracker mixture into the bottom and up the sides of the springform pan. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes. Remove from oven.
Meanwhile, make cream cheese layer: Soften cream cheese.
Blend cream cheese with electric mixer.
Add grated lemon peel. If I had the time I would have grated my own but I was trying to get this done quickly so settled for the stuff from the spice rack.
Blend with a mixer until smooth.
Remove baked graham cracker crust from oven.
Add cream cheese layer.
Bake at 300 degrees for about 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 hours.
Allow cheesecake to cool completely. This will take a couple of hours.
Once cheesecake has cooled. Spread with sour cream and refrigerate a couple of hours.
Meanwhile, make Strawberry Glaze: I used about 1 1/2 lbs. of strawberries and made two of the Strawberry Glaze batches. One is sufficient. I had a lot left over.
Mash strawberries with a potato masher.
Here the strawberries are mashed.
In a saucepan add sugar.
Stir well to combine and remove any remaining lumps.
Stir to combine. Cook until thick.
You can see how thick the Strawberry Glaze is now.
Once cheesecake is cooled add Strawberry Glaze. Refrigerate again until ready to serve.
Company Cheesecake is a sumptuous special occasion dessert.
This makes a huge cheesecake – probably close to 16-20 servings.
I doubled the normal recipe for the 10″ springform pan. The normal recipe (half this amount) fits a 9″ spring form pan.
The Strawberry Glaze is awesome.
Company Cheesecake is a great dessert for Valentine’s Day, the holidays, or any special occasion birthday or anniversary.
This cheesecake has a lot of steps but it is worth it!
Here’s the recipe.
(Recipe from Lydia Grace, Ovilla Road Baptist Church, Ovilla, TX, as adapted from the Betty Crocker Cookbook)
2 ½ cups graham cracker crumbs (about 32 crackers)
4 tbsp. sugar
6 tbsp. butter, melted
5 8-oz. pkgs. cream cheese, softened
2 cups sugar
2 tsp. grated lemon peel
½ tsp. vanilla
2 cups sour cream
Heat oven to 350°. Stir together graham cracker crumbs and 4 tbsp. sugar. Mix in butter thoroughly. Press mixture evenly in bottom of 10-inch springform pan. Bake 10 minutes. Cool. Reduce oven temperature to 300°. Beat cream cheese in large mixer bowl. Gradually add sugar, beating until fluffy. Add lemon peel and vanilla. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Pour over crumb mixture. Bake 1 hour and 30 to 1 hour and 45 minutes, or until center is firm. Cool to room temperature. Spread with sour cream and Strawberry Glaze. About 16-18 servings.
Mash enough fresh strawberries to measure 1 cup. Blend 1 cup sugar and 3 tbsp. cornstarch in small saucepan. Stir in 1/3 cup water and the strawberries. Cook, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens and boils. Boil and stir in minute. Cool thoroughly.
Drain 1 can (1 lb.) pitted red tart cherries, reserving liquid. Add enough water to cherry liquid to measure 1 cup. Mix ½ cup sugar and 2 tbsp. cornstarch in small saucepan. Stir in the 1 cup liquid. Cook, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens and boils. Boil and stir 1 minute. Remove from heat; stir in cherries and 4 drops red food color. Cool thoroughly.
Serve this to your guests and they will be wanting seconds!
Company Cheesecake cuts really nicely after you allow it to refrigerate several hours. This is really better making the night before you need it so it sets up really well.
Here’s another view. You can see the sour cream layer underneath the Strawberry Glaze.
Would you like a slice?
Company Cheesecake is a stunning, elegant dessert that will wow your guests! Consider making this spectacular cheesecake the next time you have a special occasion.