Key Lime Cheesecake with Fresh Strawberry Sauce {Crazy Cooking Challenge}

7 Aug

Key Lime Cheesecake with Fresh Strawberry Sauce
This month’s Crazy Cooking Challenge is cheesecake…my absolute favorite dessert! I was kind of excited to have an excuse to make a cheesecake. I have only made a couple in my life and very rarely eat cheesecake (like once a year maybe) because it is just way too dangerous for me. I would literally eat the whole thing if left alone with it. I always think of the Friends episode with the cheesecake…if you don’t know what I’m refering to you have to check it out!

While cheesecake is my favorite, I am really particular about what varieties I will devour. The crazy cookie dough peanut butter chocolate ones or others filled with tons of toppings and flavors always look really yummy but when it comes to what kind to eat I stick to the simple. I just don’t like those crazy flavors in my cheesecake. I guess I’m a cheesecake purist.
Key Lime Cheesecake with Fresh Strawberry Sauce
Since the Challenge recipe no longer has to come from a blog, I decided to scour my cookbooks to see if I could find a simple, yet tasty cheesecake to whip up. I went straight to one of my favorites for dessert, Classic Southern Desserts {by Southern Living}, and found just what I was looking for in a cheesecake. Not only are the flavors pure and simple but they feature sweet and zingy fruit making it the perfect summer indulgence.

I was also attracted to the recipe because it reminded me of our Florida vacation last month that now seems so far away. I enjoyed a really tasty slice of key lime pie there so I was hoping this recipe could bring me back, if only for a few minutes! The cheesecake was dense and creamy with a slight zing from the key limes. The strawberry sauce tasted so incredibly fresh and added a nice sweetness. It was definitely worth the time and calories!
Key Lime Cheesecake with Fresh Strawberry Sauce
Oh, and it didn’t have any cracks so I totally knocked something off my Top 100 list! Yay!

Key Lime Cheesecake with Fresh Strawberry Sauce
recipe from Classic Southern Desserts {by Southern Living}

2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter, melted
3 (8 oz.) packages cream cheese, softened
1 1/4 cups sugar
3 eggs
1 (8 oz.) container sour cream
1 1/2 tsp. lime zest
1/2 cup Key lime juice
Garnish: strawberries, strawberry sauce (recipe follows)

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Stir together first three ingredients and press on bottom and 1 inch up sides of a greased 9-inch springform pan. Bake for 8 minutes; let cool. Reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees F.

2. Beat cream cheese at medium speed with an electric mixer until fluffy; gradually add 1 1/4 cup sugar, beating until blended. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in sour cream, zest and Key lime juice. Pour batter into crust.

3. Bake at 325 degrees F for 1 hour adn 5 minutes; turn oven off. Let stand in oven, with door partially open, 15 minutes. Remove from oven and immediately run a knife around edge of pan, releasing sides.

4. Let cool completely in pan on a wire rack; cover and chill at least 8 hours. Garnish, if desired, and serve with strawberry sauce.

Strawberry Sauce

1 1/4 cup fresh strawberries, washed with tops removed
1/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp. lime zest

Process all ingredients in a food processor until smooth, stopping to scrape down sides.

Key Lime Cheesecake with Fresh Strawberry Sauce

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15 Responses to “Key Lime Cheesecake with Fresh Strawberry Sauce {Crazy Cooking Challenge}”

  1. roxyboots August 7, 2012 at 11:04 am #

    I love key lime pie, so I bet key lime cheesecake is ace too! Looks fab.

  2. Melissa's Cuisine August 7, 2012 at 1:58 pm #

    This cheesecake looks delicious! Great CCC pick! I’m #16 :)

  3. Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes August 7, 2012 at 2:37 pm #

    This sounds fantastic! I’d love for you to stop by – I’m #9 in the challenge. :)

  4. Lauren @ From Everyday To Gourmet August 7, 2012 at 2:54 pm #

    I could dive into that strawberry sauce – it looks delish, just like the cheesecake!!

    I’d love it if you stopped by my CCC entry, #65 Individual Biscoff Cheesecakes!

  5. Liz August 7, 2012 at 5:09 pm #

    I am a key lime pie fanatic…and having those flavors in a cheescake sounds incredible!!! SO yummy!!! Liz #48

  6. Cassie @A Little Treat August 7, 2012 at 7:46 pm #

    I’m kinda like you and am a purist for cheesecakes.

  7. juanitascocina August 7, 2012 at 8:25 pm #

    Between the key lime and the strawberry sauce, I almost can’t get enough of this recipe! YUM! #55

  8. Amber August 8, 2012 at 11:56 am #

    What a fantastic cheesecake! I love the combination of keylime and strawberry flavours and the vibrant colours!

    Stopping by from Crazy Cooking Challenge #59 – I pinned and tweeted your cheesecake!


  9. Winelady Cooks August 8, 2012 at 12:29 pm #

    The key lime cheesecake sounds delicious, and with the fresh strawberry sauce you just can’t get better than that. I’m #67 CCC, would love it if you stopped by.

  10. Tina @ MOMS CRAZY COOKING August 8, 2012 at 2:09 pm #

    Oh, it looks divine! Thanks for participating. I will be starting up a NEW challenge next month, stay tuned!

  11. Patty August 8, 2012 at 5:44 pm #

    Thanks so much for stopping by (#34). This sounds so refreshing!

  12. Lisa~~ August 9, 2012 at 9:22 pm #

    Two of my favorites in one, Key lime and cheesecake. I’m saving this recipe.

    If you haven’t already, I’d love for you to check out my CCC entry: #6 Mini Cheesecake Bites.

    Cook Lisa Cook

  13. Alyssa August 10, 2012 at 9:30 am #

    Your cheesecake looks delicious! I really love the strawberry sauce on top! Stopping by from CCC#12.

  14. dena August 10, 2012 at 8:14 pm #

    I LOVE key lime pie! A cheesecake version just HAS to be awesome … thanks for sharing!


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