Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cheesecake - My favorite creamy cheesecake recipe gets a beautiful new look with the flavors of chocolate covered strawberries.
I love cheesecake.
Obviously, right? Who doesn't?
I love it in a way that makes it tough for me to order it out in restaurants. I want my cheesecake to be super ultra creamy and I don't want a weird gelatinous topping that maybe in a former life resembled strawberries. This one that I've made fits the bill perfectly.
So you love to bake cheesecake but it always has cracks on top. NO PROBLEM. Even if this one comes out of the oven with some cracks, they will be covered up by the creamy topping that we apply towards the end of baking.
I came up with this idea of a Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cheesecake last week while trying to come up with a new dessert for Easter. I like to plan ahead. I'm so anal that I even like to try out my entire menu a few weeks before the holiday. I know, it's crazy. I can't help it. Does anyone else do this (please say yes, please say yes).
Anyway, I've been seeing tons of cheesecake recipes all over Pinterest. Most of them are no bake recipes. I'm all about the no bake for certain times (Mini Pumpkin Pie No Bake Cheesecakes) but I really wanted a true, authentic cheesecake, so those were out. Then it dawned on me, my all time favorite cheesecake is my Apple Pie Stuffed Cheesecake. So, I took the base of that recipe, minus the apple portions, of course and baked up a creamy cheesecake.
I like to let my cheesecake rest in the refrigerator overnight before serving. This means I had 24 hours to come up with a great topping. I was torn between a fresh strawberry topping or a chocolate ganache or drizzle. Ding! Ding! Duh, do both; strawberries and chocolate!
For the topping just slice the strawberries and place them around the outer edge of the cheesecake, with the points facing out. Then you just keep adding a new ring of berries, slightly overlapping the previous ring until you get to the center. Lastly, I melted dark chocolate in the microwave and drizzled it over the berries.
What do you think? I think it's the most beautiful dessert I've ever made. I don't bake a whole lot, so I really was impressed with myself on this one.
This Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cheesecake does take a bit more time that your average cheesecake recipe but that is because it's not your average cheesecake. This is sure to be one of the best you've ever encountered. You know the old saying, the best things in life are worth waiting for!
- 2 C graham cracker crumbs
- 8 T butter melted
- 24 oz cream cheese softened
- 1 C sugar
- 2 eggs whole
- 1 egg yolk
- ½ C heavy cream
- 2 T flour all purpose
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 ¼ C sour cream
- ¼ C sugar
- 2 C strawberries sliced
- ½ C dark chocolate morsels
Preheat oven to 350.
Melt butter and combine with graham cracker crumbs in a bowl. Stir to coat all crumbs. Press firmly into springform pan, slightly going up the sides as well, to form a crust. Set aside.
Beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Add eggs (whole & yolk), one at a time, beating in between each one. Add cream, flour and vanilla and blend until smooth and all ingredients are incorporated well. Pour mixture over crust in springform pan.
Place springform pan on a baking sheet and bake 40 minutes.
After 40 minutes, reduce heat to 325 and bake an additional 40 minutes.
Remove cheesecake from oven.
Stir together sour cream and sugar. Spread mixture over top of cheesecake.
Return cheesecake to oven and bake an additional 10 minutes.
Allow cheesecake to cool completely before placing in the refrigerator. Keep refrigerated overnight (or for about 8 hours).
After cheesecake is set, remove outer ring from springform pan.
Arrange strawberry slices on top of cheesecake, starting on the outer edges, with points facing out. Continue creating rings of strawberry slices, moving inward, slightly overlapping each with the ring before.
Place morsels in a microwave safe bowl and cook 30 seconds. Stir. Repeat in 20 second intervals until chocolate is melted and smooth.
Drizzle melted chocolate over strawberries.
Place in refrigerator for 10 minutes to help chocolate set.