About this recipe:This baked strawberry cheesecake is likely to convert all those who prefer unbaked cheesecakes. This strawberry cheesecake is rich, decadent, fruity and simply perfect for a dinner party or special occasion.
100g unsalted butter
250g digestive biscuits
900g cream cheese
200g strawberry yoghurt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
200g golden caster sugar
3 egg yolks
2 eggs, separated
2 tablespoons icing sugar
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Preheat the oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Lay the base of a 23cm springform cake tin over a sheet of baking parchment and draw around it with a pencil. Cut the circle out with scissors. Put the springform pan together and grease, then place the circle of baking parchment in the base.
In a bowl, mix together the butter and digestive biscuits then transfer to the prepared baking tin and press down into the base. Place in the fridge to chill while you make the filling.
In a bowl, whisk together the cream cheese, strawberry yoghurt and vanilla extract. Add the caster sugar and whisk until smooth. Add the egg yolks, one at a time, and whisk until smooth.
In a separate bowl, whisk the egg whites until stiff peaks form and then fold into the cheesecake mixture.
Remove the base from the fridge and spoon over the cream cheese filling. Smooth the top. Wrap the outside of the tin tightly in tin foil then place in a roasting tin and fill up to half the depth with boiling water.
Bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes then reduce the oven temperature to 140 C / Gas 1 and cook for a further 50 to 60 minutes until the cream cheese filling is firm. Switch off the oven then allow to cool in the oven with the door open ajar for about an hour then transfer to the fridge to cool completely for at least 3 hours.
To make the topping, blend half of the strawberries in a food processor with the icing sugar.
Remove the cheesecake from the fridge and place on a serving plate. Top the cheesecake with strawberry sauce and the remainder of the whole strawberries. Slice and serve.
I made this for my husband's birthday. He is lactose intolerant, so I substituted the cream cheese for Lactofree soft cheese and used Lactofree strawberry yoghurt instead. Really good cheesecake. I would say that it did need a good 24 hours in the fridge to completely set after the baking (in my opinion). Got rave reviews from everyone who tried it! - 02 May 2016