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July: Fruit Challenge – Strawberry Cheesecake with Strawberry Balsamic Glaze + Modena Fine Foods Review

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If you are looking for a no contest cheesecake recipe, this is hands down the absolute best I've ever had. No joke. It's rich, sweet, creamy, decadent, die-and-go-to-heaven scrumptious. This month the Blogger Recipe Challenge group was sponsored by Modena Fine Foods. We were each sent a variety box of three balsamic glazes to test out. Have to say, the strawberry balsamic glaze was my absolute favorite and I knew in an instant it was the perfect garnish for this Strawberry Cheesecake.
Ingredients (Makes a 9" Cheesecake):

Crust -

  • 2 Cups - Oreo Cookies (Finely ground w/ frosting centers removed. Approximately 2 sleeves.)
  • 1/4 Cup - Salted Butter (Melted)
  • 2 Tbsp - Sugar

Cheesecake -

  • 32oz (4 Packages) - Cream Cheese
  • 1 2/3 Cups - Sugar
  • 3 Tbsp - Flour
  • 1/4 Tsp - Salt
  • 4 - Eggs
  • 2 - Egg Yolks
  • 1.5 Tsp - Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 Cup - Sour Cream

Process:

  1. Finely grind oreo cookies. Add melted butter and sugar, and gently mix with a fork to combine and fully coat the crumbs.
  2. Press into a 9" spring form pan and set aside.
  3. Preheat oven to 220º F.
  4. In a large mixer, on low, combine room temperature cream cheese, sugar, flour, and salt until smooth.
  5. Add in 4 full eggs, plus 2 egg yolks one at a time until thoroughly incorporated.
  6. Add vanilla and sour cream, and beat until combined.
  7. Pour cheesecake mixture into pan and bake for 90 minutes.
  8. Increase temperature to 300º F and continue to bake for another 15-20 minutes. Cheesecake should be firm, and very lightly golden.
  9. Remember to run a knife around the edge of the cheesecake as soon as it comes out to help avoid any possible cracking.
  10. Allow to cool to room temperature before covering placing in the fridge 3-24 hours.
  11. When ready to serve, top with quartered strawberries, and Strawberry Balsamic Glaze. (I used Modena Fine Foods)

So, as I said earlier our Blogger Recipe Challenge Group was sent a variety pack of Blaze Balsamic Glazes by Modena Fine Foods. They included their original balsamic glaze, a fig balsamic glaze, and a strawberry balsamic glaze. Hubby and I tried the fig one out on some steaks, but I think next time we do that I need to make some tweaks. The glaze didn't stay on the steak well while grilling, so that'll definitely be a do-over. However, the second I tasted the strawberry balsamic glaze I KNEW that it would be perfect as a dessert topping. It wasn't overly balsamic-y (I'm sure you know what I mean by that), and had a wonderful hint of strawberry flavor.

Just a little drizzle over the cheesecake, and the flavor went from amazing, to blow your mind incredible. The best part, is that you don't need much to get that boost of flavor. I'm not a huge fan of pie-filling consistency cheese cake when I'm wanting fruit on them. There's just too much sugar, and too much of... well, everything. I will definitely be making this recipe again, and DEFINITELY be using the Modena Fine Foods Blaze Strawberry Balsamic Glaze. I might even pick up a couple of the variety sets to give as gifts to those friends and family members in my life that love cooking. So many varieties of awesome and so little time... and stomach room.

 

*I was provided Blaze Balsamic Glazes free of charge from Modena Fine Foods in order to facilitate this review and recipe. All opinions are 100% mine. See Disclosure Policy.


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  1. May: Meatless Challenge – Strawberry Shortcake with Zesty Lemon Whipped Cream
  2. May: Meatless Challenge – Banana Nut Buttermilk Pancakes + King Arthur Flour Review
  3. March: Green Challenge – Baileys Irish Cream Cheesecake
  4. McDonalds – $1 OFF McCafe, Cherry Berry Chiller, Frappe, Real Fruit Smoothie, or Frozen Strawberry Lemonade
  5. That’s It. – FREE Fruit Bar (Redeem at Whole Foods)
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