Monday, June 15, 2009

Strawberry Cheesecake Pie

This is a simple Cheesecake Pie that reminds you of cheesecake, but the ease of making a pie. It made me nervous to not put it in a springform pan. 
So, here's the recipe (plus a picture)

Strawberry Cheesecake Pie
Make 1 Almond Crust
1 1/4 cup finely ground almonds
4 Tbs butter, melted

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine the almonds and melted butter and press onto a bottom and sides of a 9-inch pie plate. Bake for 12-15 minutes; cool thoroughly.

2 Cups frozen strawberries
1/4 tsp Stevita stevia
16 oz (2 packages cream cheese), room temperature
2 tsp Stevita stevia
1 Egg, room temperature
1/4 cup full fat ricotta cheese
1/4 tsp almond extract
Whipped cream to top when served

Turn the oven to 325 degrees. Place the strawberries on a baking sheet and bake for 40 minutes until the strawberries are soft and reduced in size. Place berries in a bowl and mash. Cool completely. 

In a separate bowl, Add cream cheese and beat with an electric mixer until cream, about 2 minutes. Add the stevia and egg. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and add the ricotta cheese. Beat on medium high until completely blended and smooth.

Add the strawberries to the cream cheese mixture and mix completely. Put this mixture on top of the almond crust.

Bake 1 hour and cool the cheesecake for at least 3 hours or overnight for best results. Top with a dollop of cream cheese and serve.