Published in the St. Paul Pioneer Press on June 8, 2017, this recipe was adapted from the website foodandwine.com. It would be a great recipe to make for a 4th of July get-together.
For the crust:
1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs (7 ounces)
1 stick unsalted butter, melted
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Pinch of fine sea salt
For the filling:
7 ounces white chocolate, finely chopped
1 pound cream cheese, at room temperature
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon finely grated orange zest
1/4 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
1 cup heavy cream
3 tablespoons strawberry jam mixed with 1 teaspoon hot water
One pound quartered strawberries, for garnish
To make the crust:
1. In a medium bowl, mix the graham cracker crumbs with the butter, sugar, vanilla and salt until evenly moistened.
2. Press the crumbs over the bottom of a 9-inch round springform pan.
3. Freeze until firm, about 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, to make the filling:
1. In a microwave-safe bowl, microwave the white chocolate on high power in 10-second intervals until just melted. Let cool slightly.
2. In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle, beat the cream cheese with the confectioners’ sugar, vanilla extract and orange and lemon zests until smooth. Gradually beat in the white chocolate. Scrape the mixture into a large bowl.
3. Wipe out the bowl of the stand mixer and add the cream to it. Attach the whisk and beat the cream at high speed until firm peaks form.
4. Stir one-third of the whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture, then fold in the remaining whipped cream until no streaks remain.
5. Spread the cheesecake filling over the chilled crust in an even layer. Cover with foil and refrigerate for at least 3 hours or overnight.
6. Unmold the cheesecake. Top with the strawberry jam and garnish with quartered strawberries. Cut the cake into wedges and serve.