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Refreshing Strawberry Lemon Cheesecake

This Refreshing Strawberry Lemon Cheesecake is a delightful symphony of flavors that is sure to become your new favorite. Whether you’re hosting a summer gathering or simply treating yourself, this cheesecake offers a burst of freshness and indulgence in every bite.

In my kitchen, this recipe is more than just a treat; it’s a way to celebrate the season’s best produce. The tangy lemon zest perfectly complements the sweet strawberries, while the creamy cheesecake base provides a luxurious texture. The first time I made this, I knew it was a keeper. It’s the kind of dessert that feels both decadent and light, making it ideal for any occasion. The vibrant colors and irresistible flavors are bound to impress your family and friends.

There’s something magical about the combination of strawberries and lemons. They bring out the best in each other, creating a balanced, refreshing dessert that’s perfect for warm days. This cheesecake has quickly become a staple in my household, often requested for birthdays, holidays, and casual get-togethers. It’s a testament to how simple ingredients can come together to create something truly special.

Recipe Summary

Refreshing Strawberry Lemon Cheesecake combines the tartness of lemons and the sweetness of strawberries in a creamy, luxurious cheesecake. Perfect for summer gatherings or a delightful treat anytime, this dessert is both indulgent and refreshing.

Exciting Story

One summer, I decided to create a dessert that captured the essence of the season. As I mixed the lemon zest into the creamy cheesecake batter and layered it with fresh strawberry slices, my kitchen filled with the most wonderful aroma. When I served the cheesecake at our family barbecue, it was an instant hit. My husband, who loves all things lemon, couldn’t get enough. Even the kids, who are usually picky about desserts, were smitten. Now, this Refreshing Strawberry Lemon Cheesecake is a beloved family favorite, reminding us of sunny days and joyful gatherings.

Why This Refreshing Strawberry Lemon Cheesecake?

Selling Points:

  • Bright and Tangy Flavor: The combination of fresh lemon and sweet strawberries creates a refreshing and vibrant taste.
  • Creamy and Luxurious: The cheesecake base is rich and smooth, providing a perfect contrast to the zesty fruit flavors.
  • Perfect for Any Occasion: This dessert is both elegant and easy to make, suitable for special occasions or everyday indulgence.

Prep Time: 30 minutes | Cooking Time: 60 minutes | Total Time: 5 hours (including chilling) | Kcal: 420 kcal per serving | Servings: 12 servings

Ingredients:

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Crust:

1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup melted butter

Filling:

24 oz cream cheese, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 large eggs
1/4 cup sour cream
1/4 cup heavy cream
Zest of 1 lemon
Juice of 1 lemon

Strawberry Compote:

1 cup fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 teaspoon lemon juice

Topping:

1 cup fresh strawberries, sliced
Lemon zest strips
Whipped cream for garnish

Directions:

Prepare the Crust:

Preheat oven to 325°F (163°C).
In a medium bowl, mix graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and melted butter until combined.
Press mixture firmly into the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan.
Bake for 10 minutes, then set aside to cool.

Make the Filling:

In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese and sugar until smooth.
Add vanilla extract and beat until combined.
Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
Mix in sour cream, heavy cream, lemon zest, and lemon juice until smooth.

Prepare the Strawberry Compote:

In a blender, puree the strawberries, sugar, and lemon juice until smooth.

Assemble the Cheesecake:

Pour half of the lemon cream mixture over the cooled crust.
Gently pour the strawberry compote over the lemon cream layer.
Pour the remaining lemon cream mixture over the strawberry compote layer.

Bake the Cheesecake:

Bake for 50-60 minutes, until the center is set but still slightly jiggly.
Turn off the oven and leave the cheesecake inside with the door slightly open for 1 hour.
Remove from the oven and let cool completely at room temperature.
Refrigerate for at least 3 hours or overnight.

Add Toppings:

Before serving, top the cheesecake with sliced fresh strawberries, lemon zest strips, and whipped cream.

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