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Emily’s Famous Strawberry Cheesecake

Emily’s Famous Strawberry Cheesecake This recipe was inspired by
Emily Hunsucker, of Cincinnati, OH (USA) and
was featured on "You're the Chef" episode #603.
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Yield: one cheescake


1 1/2 c. graham cracker crumbs
2 Tbsp. granulated sugar
2/3 c. butter or margarine, melted

1 1/4 lb. cream cheese, softened
1 c. granulated sugar
2 tsp. lemon peel, freshly grated
1/4 tsp. vanilla
3 each eggs

1 c. strawberries, mashed well
1 c. granulated sugar
3 Tbsp. cornstarch
1/3 c. water

Crust procedure:
Preheat oven to 350°F.

Stir together graham cracker crumbs and sugar. Mix in butter thoroughly and press into a 9-inch spring-form pan. Bake the crust for 10 minutes. Cool.

Reduce oven temperature to 300°F.

Filling procedure:
Beat cream cheese in a large mixing bowl. Gradually add the sugar, beating until fluffy. Add lemon peel and vanilla. Beat in eggs one at a time.

Pour slowly into the graham shell. Bake for 1 hour or until the center is firm. Cool to room temperature and then chill for 3 hours.

Glaze procedure:
Blend sugar and cornstarch together in a small saucepan. Stir in water and mashed strawberries. Cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens and boils. Boil and stir for approximately 2 minutes. Cool thoroughly before spreading over cheesecake.