Thursday, August 27, 2009

Strawberry Bottom Cheesecake Pie

It's a fairly easy recipe and the end result is scrumptious.

Here's the ingredients you'll need:
1 Graham Cracker ReadyCrust
4oz Cream Cheese, softened*
1/4 cup Sugar
1/2 cup Sour Cream
1 teaspoon Vanilla
4oz Whipped Topping, thawed (Note: I would use cool whip for this. NOT the stuff that comes in a can)
1 pint Fresh Strawberries, thinly sliced
1 cup Strawberry Glaze (Note: Though the recipe does call for this, I'd say it's purely optional. It tastes perfectly fine without it and sometimes the proper glaze can be hard to find)

*To soften cream cheese place place in the microwave (in a dish of course) for 15-20 seconds, on high. (Note: Depending on your microwave you may need to keep it in a few more or less seconds)

First you're gonna start by beating the cream cheese until smooth (Note: if you're new to baking, beat usually implies an electric mixer. I would put it on a low to medium setting, similar to the pace you would set were you using a spoon. Although, doing it this way your arm doesn't get quite so tired so fast)

Gradually beat in sugar.

Add sour cream and vanilla.

Fold in whipped topping (IMPORTANT NOTE: PLEASE do not beat the whipped topping. Folding implies gentle ministrations with a utensil [Large spoon or fork]. It will lose it's fluffiness if you beat it. Be gentle as the whipped topping is your friend.)

If you are using the glaze spread a thin layer over the bottom of the crust.

Place your strawberry slices on the bottom of the crust (Note: If you're anything like me, save a few pieces to place on top as part of a decoration. I'll note more of this at the bottom).

Again, if you are using glaze, at this time place the remaining glaze over the strawberries.

Gently spoon your cream cheese mixture over the berries.

Cover and chill until set. This usually takes at least 4 hours.

FOR DECORATION: I usually set aside a few slices of strawberry and some spearmint leaves as garnish (because you all know about my affinity for spearmint). Depending on how you've sliced your strawberries you can either place them in a decorative circle or place them like hearts in the middle. I usually do the circle for an every occasion kind of thing and hearts for valentines day or anniversaries. Place a sprig of spearmint in the middle and voila! you now have a Strawberry Bottom Cheesecake Pie. Enjoy!

I'll try and post some pictures of my desserts tomorrow when I've actually created them. haha. Have fun,



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