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Strawberry Swirl Cheesecake

This melt-in-your mouth delight is doubly delicious, with two creamy layers...one strawberry, one vanilla. To avoid cracking, run the knife just through the very top when swirling the strawberry puree.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 1 hour Bake: 1-1/4 hours + chilling
  • Makes
    12 servings

Ingredients

  • 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup cold butter, cubed
  • FILLING:
  • 4 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1-1/3 cups sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • 4 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup pureed fresh strawberries, divided
  • 8 to 10 drops red food coloring, optional

Directions

  • In a small bowl, combine the flour, sugar and lemon zest; cut in butter until crumbly. Pat dough onto the bottom and 1 in. up the sides of a greased 9-in. springform pan. Place pan on a double thickness of heavy-duty foil (about 18 in. square). Securely wrap foil around pan. Place on a baking sheet. Bake at 325° for 15-20 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack.
  • In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugar and flour until smooth. Beat in cream. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined. Stir in lemon juice and vanilla. Pour 2-1/2 cups batter into a bowl; set aside.
  • Stir 3/4 cup pureed strawberries and food coloring if desired into remaining batter. Pour into crust. Place springform pan in a large baking pan; add 1 in. of hot water to larger pan. Bake for 35 minutes.
  • Carefully pour reserved batter over bottom layer. Spoon remaining pureed berries over batter in three concentric circles. Carefully cut through top layer only with a knife to swirl.
  • Bake 40-50 minutes longer or until center is just set and top appears dull. Remove springform pan from water bath. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Carefully run a knife around edge of pan to loosen; cool 1 hour longer. Refrigerate overnight.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 316 calories, 17g fat (10g saturated fat), 115mg cholesterol, 156mg sodium, 36g carbohydrate (24g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.
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