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Strawberry-glazed Cream Cheese Cake

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Servings: 10
Categories: Cakes / Cheesecakes / Desserts

Ingredients:
    -----CRUST-----
3/4  cup  Coarsely grd walnuts(3oz)
3/4  cup  Finely chopped graham crack
3  tablespoons  Melted unsalted butter
    -----FILLING-----
4  packages  (8oz) cream cheese room temp
4    Eggs
1 1/4  cups  Sugar
1  tablespoon  Fresh lemon juice
2  teaspoons  Vanilla
    -----TOPPING-----
2  cups  Sour cream
1/2  cup  Sugar
1  teaspoon  Vanilla
    -----STRAWBERRY GLAZE-----
1  quart  Medium strawberries
12  ounces  Jar red raspberry jelly
1  tablespoon  Cornstarch
1/4  cup  Cointreau
1/4  cup  Water

Directions:
Position rack in center of oven and preheat to 350 deg. Lightly butter 9 or 10 inch springform pan. FOR CRUST: Combine walnuts, graham crackers crumbs and butter. Press compactly onto bottom of pan. FOR FILLING: Beat cream cheese in large bowl of electric mixer until smooth. Add eggs, sugar, lemon juice and vanilla and beat thoroughly. Spoon over crust. Set pan on baking sheet to catch any butter that may drip out. Bake 10 inch cake 40 to 45 minutes or 9 inch cake 50 to 55 minutes. (Cake may rise slightly and crack in several areas; it will settle again, cracks will minimize and topping will cover it up.)Remove from oven and let stand at room temperature 15 minutes. Retain oven temperature at 350 deg. FOR TOPPING: Combine sour cream, sugar and vanilla and blend well. Cover and refrigerate. When cake has finished baking, spoon topping over, starting at center and extending to within 1/2 inch of edge. Return to oven and bake 5 minutes longer. Let cool, then refrigerate cheesecake for at least 24 hours or preferably 2 to 3 days. FOR GLAZE: Several hours before serving, wash and hull berries and let dry completely on paper towels. Combine a little jelly with cornstarch in saucepan and mix well. Add remaining jelly, Cointreau and water and cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until thickened and clear, about 5 minutes. Cool to lukewarm, stirring occasionally. Using knife, loosen cake from pan; remove springform. Arrange berries pointed end up over top of cake. Spoon glaze over berries, allowing some to drip down sides of cake. Return to refrigerator until the glaze is set. Source: Dallas Jr. League Cookbook Posted by Ken Strei


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