Monday, April 13, 2009

Lemon cheesecake with strawberry compote

This may be the perfect spring dessert. It's a variation of the amaretto cheesecake recipe. I love this because it's so easy. You can make the entire thing in your food processor. Next time I make this I think I'll make a graham cracker crust instead.  If strawberries aren't in season, you could certainly do this with other berries, or even with frozen berries.

Make this the day ahead.

Put a roasting pan half full of water into oven. Preheat oven to 350

Crust:

40 vanilla wafers
3/4 C finely slivered almonds, toasted
1/3 C sugar
1/4 C, plus 2 tbl melted butter

Filling:
3 8oz packages cream cheese, softened
1 C sugar
4 eggs
1/3 C whipping cream
1/3 C fresh lemon juice
grated rind of 2 lemons

Topping:
1 C sour cream
1 Tbl lemon juice
1 Tbl sugar
1 tsp grated lemon rind


Crust: Spray a 9" springform pan with Pam.
Put pan onto a piece of heavy duty aluminum foil and mold the foil up the sides of the pan. In a food processor-process ingredients & press evenly over bottom and sides of pan.

Filling: Process cheese and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs 1 at a time, processing in between. Add cream, process. Add lemon juice and rind and process well. Pour into crust. Place pan (wrapped in foil) into bain marie (roasting pan full of water). Bake for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 225 and bake 1 hour and 45 minutes. Cook on rack 5 minutes. (Can be frozen at the point. Defrost to room temperature before proceeding.)

Topping: Combine all ingredients and spread over cake. Bake 5 more minutes. Cook, cover and refrigerate overnight. Unmold and serve.

Strawberry Compote

1 quart of strawberries, Washed, hulled, and chopped
1 cup sugar
juice of half a lemon

Place strawberries & sugar in small saucepan. Bring slowly up to heat and let cook, stirring occassionally, until thick. Remove from heat and add lemon juice. Refrigerate until ready to use.

2 comments:

  1. Oh, oh....I would LOVE this one for me so the question is, do I make this for Father's Day or Hank's more traditional one?? Decisions, decisions.....

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  2. This one is easier than Hank's.

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