Classic Strawberry Cheesecake

Serves 16

Preparation time: 30 mins plus cooling

Cook time: 1 hour 22 mins

Ingredients

  • 12 digestive biscuits, crushed
  • 1 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 5 tbsp unsalted butter, melted

Filling and Topping

  • 200g Jubilee Strawberries
  • 900g cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 250g plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2Teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 250ml sour cream
  • 4 large eggs

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 180°. Stir crushed digestive biscuits, melted butter and sugar together in a medium bowl. Press into bottom and at least 1-inch up sides of a 9-inch non-stick springform pan. Bake until crust is golden brown, about 12 minutes. Let cool completely on a wire rack. Reduce oven to 150°.

Filling and Topping

  • Hull 1/2 package of strawberries and puree in a blender or food processor. Beat cream cheese and sugar in an electric mixer until smooth. Beat in vanilla until well combined. Add eggs, 1 at a time, on low speed, beating well after each addition and scraping sides of bowl as needed. Beat in strawberry puree until blended.
  • Pour batter into cooled pan. Bake cheesecake about 1 hour 20 minutes or until edges are just set and centre jiggles slightly. Remove from oven and let cool on wire rack 5 minutes. Stir together sour cream and remaining 2 tablespoons sugar in a medium bowl. Spread sour cream mixture on top of cheesecake in an even layer. Return to oven and bake 5 minutes longer. Turn oven off and prop the door ajar. Let cool in oven 1 hour. Remove from oven and cool completely.  Place in refrigerator and chill until cold throughout, 4 to 6 hours or overnight.
  • Using the remaining 1/2 package of strawberries, halve them and arrange on top of cheesecake to serve.