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Preparing for the change in season means getting ready for all of the holidays that will be spent outdoors. That means you'll be attending a number of cookouts, and you'll need to bring the perfect dessert.
What's more decadent than a delicious slice of homemade cheesecake on a warm summer's day? With the number of holidays coming up this season, you'll need to bake something sweet for every gathering. Sure, there are so many different desserts to choose from, but why not take this summer to perfect your cheesecake baking abilities? There's a recipe out there for each and every birthday, graduation party and patriotic celebration.
Whether you don't mind spending time in the kitchen or you're looking for a simple, quick recipe to make instant cheesecake, you're in luck – here are two delicious recipes for those who love to bake and those who don't have the time to slave over the oven.
Courtesy of All Recipes, this classic cheesecake makes a great dessert for any special occasion.
First, heat your oven to 300 degrees.
Prepare your crust by combining graham cracker crumbs, sugar, cinnamon and butter. Pour mixture into a 9-inch pan and press to form crust. Place in refrigerator to set for 30 minutes.
In a small bowl, coat strawberries with cornstarch. Throw combination in the blender and mix until smooth.
Pour liquid into a saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Stir consistently until the consistency is thick and glossy – this should take about 2 minutes. Pour 1/3 cup of sauce into a dish and let cool in the refrigerator. Save remaining strawberry liquid for serving.
In a medium bowl, beat cream cheese with an electric mixer until it reaches a light and fluffy texture. Then, beat in the condensed milk, lemon juice and vanilla. Add eggs and beat on low speed until just combined.
Grab the crust from the refrigerator and pour in half of the cheesecake mixture. Then, add a layer of strawberry sauce. Finish by spooning dollops of remaining cream cheese mixture over sauce. Using the tip of a knife, cut through and swirl the cream cheese and strawberry sauce to create a beautiful design.
Bake cheesecake until center is almost set and edges reach a light brown color – this should take between 45 and 50 minutes. Cool on a wire rack for about 10 minutes, remove from pan and cool for an additional hour before serving. Enjoy!
2. Peanut Butter No-Bake Cheesecake
This simple recipe from Food Network only takes 20 minutes to prepare! Although, you'll need to let it set for at least 3 hours, so make sure to plan accordingly!
Begin by using a hand mixer to blend the cream cheese, sour cream, peanut butter and cup of confectioners' sugar until it reaches a smooth consistency. Fold the chopped peanuts into cream cheese mixture, or leave them out and spoon directly into bottom of pie crust. Then, top with cheesecake filling and smooth it out to perfectly fill the dish. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate until set – this should take about 3 hours.
In a small bowl, whisk heavy cream, cocoa powder and remaining sugar until well mixed. Cover mixture with plastic wrap and place alongside cheesecake in the refrigerator.
Once you've reached minimum setting time, grab the cream, cocoa powder and sugar mixture and beat until peaks form. Place whipped cream into a piping bag – a plastic bag will work just fine – and squeeze frosting around the edge of the pie, or in whichever design you please. Finish by garnishing with peanut butter chips and sprinkles, and voila! Your peanut butter masterpiece is complete.