Although for many people, Valentine’s Day is just another commercial holiday, I see it as a fun opportunity to remind people we love them…and a great excuse to prepare a nice meal! This year, there was an unexpected cheese theme. It all started with my sudden urge to try making a cheesecake and was followed by our constant craving for cheese fondue. During my last trip to Target, I found a fair amount of Valentine candy as well as adorable individual heart-shaped baking pans. I spent Saturday morning looking for a cheesecake recipe and ended up making a modified version of Cooking Classy’s recipe.
Strawberry and Oreo Cheesecake:
(4 individual baking pans, 12 muffin-size or 1 regular cake)
- 1.5 cups of crumbled Oreo cookies (with cream removed)
- 5 tablespoons of unsalted butter, melted
- 1.5 cups of strawberries
- 3/4 cup of granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon of flour
- 2 packages of cream cheese, softened
- Zest of one lemon
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla
- 1/4 cup of sour cream
- Preheat the oven to 325˚F.
- In a bowl, stir the Oreo crumbs and the melted butter until evenly moistened. Place the crumbs at the bottom of your dish/es. Press firmly into an even layer.
- Bake the crusts for 5 minutes, then remove from the oven and let cool.
- To make the strawberry coulis, place the strawberries in a blender or food processor to make them mostly liquid. Add a little bit of water if needed. Put blended strawberries through a strainer to eliminate any chunks or seeds. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, whisk the sugar and flour. Using a stand-mixer (or electric mixer), add the cream cheese and lemon zest and blend until smooth. Add the eggs, one at a time, then the vanilla and sour cream until combined. Tap your bowl against your countertop several times to release the air bubbles that might have formed in the mixture.
- Divide the mixture among the baking dishes. Fill each dish nearly full.
- Add a few dollops of strawberry coulis on each dish and create patterns with a toothpick.
- Bake the cheesecakes for 20-25 minutes or until they are puffed and nearly set.
- Allow to cool completely, then refrigerate for 3 hours before serving.
- For serving, you can drizzle some strawberry coulis on your cheesecake.
The result was very tasty. I was so proud to have it taste like actual cheesecake! If anything, I could have mixed more strawberry coulis in the cheesecake mixture.
This Valentine included cheese fondue, good wine and my first cheesecakes. Not bad at all. 🙂
I hope you all had a love-filled weekend and wish you all the love in the world, every day of the year!
Past posts about Valentine’s Day: