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What is a good strawberry cheesecake recipe?

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Good strawberry cheesecake recipes include Joe's cheesecake with fresh strawberry sauce and Emeril's New York-style cheesecake with strawberry sauce. Both recipes come from the Food Network.

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To make Joe's recipe, combine 1 1/2 cups of graham cracker crumbs, 1/4 cup of sugar and 1/4 cup of melted butter, and press the crust into a springform pan. Cream together 32 ounces of cream cheese and 2 cups of sour cream, and then stir in 4 large eggs, 1 1/4 cups of sugar, 2 1/2 tablespoons of cornstarch and 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract. Pour the mixture into the graham cracker crust, and set the springform pan in a rimmed sheet holding 1/2 inch of water. Bake the cheesecake for one hour. As the cheesecake cools and sets up for at least two hours, blend together 1 cup of halved fresh strawberries, 1/4 cup of sugar and the zest from 1 lime, and serve it chilled over the cheesecake.

To make a New York-style strawberry cheesecake, bake a graham cracker crust at 375 F for eight minutes. As the crust cools, beat together 2 1/2 pounds of softened cream cheese, the zest from 1 lemon and 1 orange, and 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract, and then stir in 3 tablespoons of all-purpose flour, 5 eggs, 2 egg yolks and 1/2 cup of sour cream one ingredient at a time. Stir the seeds from 1 vanilla bean and 1 teaspoon of bourbon into the filling, before pouring it into the graham cracker crust. Bake the cheesecake in a pan of water at 350 F for 90 minutes, and allow it to cool completely.

Make the strawberry sauce by simmering 2 pints of fresh strawberries with 1/2 cup of sugar, 1 cup of water, 2 tablespoons of brandy and 1 teaspoon of lemon zest.

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