Grandpop’s Peterson’s Creamy Baked Cheesecake with Strawberry Topping

There are few things that my husband goes weak in the knees for…myself obviously ;), our kids, chocolate milk, watermelon and pure, unadulterated cheesecake.

So to show our appreciation for him this past Father’s Day, we (and by we, I mean, me doing all the baking while my kids kept coming in the kitchen asking if they can have some cake yet) made him a beautifully rich, plain cheesecake with Strawberry topping. The recipe is one I received from my Grandpop Peterson, but slightly altered by way of replacing the Sour Cream and Peach Melba topping he used, for simple strawberries instead.

It’s simple to make and and keeps well in the fridge for days of cheesecake bliss.

Here’s what I did…

Beat 16 oz of cream cheese

Beat 16 oz of cream cheese

While that was beating, I prepared the graham cracker crust.

crush about 6 graham crackers in the food processor

crush about 6 graham crackers in the food processor

you need 1 Cup of Graham Cracker crumbs (p.s. Cinnamon Sugar ones are SO good!)

you need 1 Cup of Graham Cracker crumbs (p.s. Cinnamon Sugar ones are SO good!)

4 Tablespoons Butter to be zapped in the microwave until melted

4 Tablespoons Butter to be zapped in the microwave until melted

ZAP!

ZAP!

1/4 cup sugar

1/4 cup sugar

Combine the sugar, crumbs and butter

Combine the sugar, crumbs and butter

add 1 can of sweetened condensed milk and beat until smooth

add 1 can of sweetened condensed milk and beat until smooth

soooooo smooth

soooooo smooth

add 1/4 tsp salt

add 1/4 tsp salt

add 3 eggs

add 3 eggs

add 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

add 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

Pour it over the compacted crumb crust

Pour it over the compacted crumb crust

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tap it on the counter to release bubbles…ready for the water bath

Baked for 55 minutes at 300º F

Baked for 55 minutes at 300º F

cover the top with strawberries and drizzle hot jam over them to make them nice and glossy

cover the top with strawberries and drizzle hot jam over them to make them nice and glossy

nothing better than cheesecake for breakfast to kick off a great Father's Day!

nothing better than cheesecake for breakfast to kick off a great Father’s Day…complete with handmade cards and cool new mug!

Here’s what you’ll need…

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