for crust ~
1 stick unsalted butter, cold
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt
zest of 1 large lemon
1 egg yolk
2 tbsp cold water
for filling ~
2 cups whole fat Greek Yogurt
2/3 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp cornstarch
1/2 cup strawberry jam
fresh strawberries for topping
additional jam for topping
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, salt and lemon zest. Cut in the butter and blend in with your fingers until mixture resembles cornmeal. Add egg yolk and cold water. Mix until dough comes together to form a shaggy ball (dough may be dry). Cover in plastic wrap and let chill for half an hour.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
a 8" square pan generously. After your dough has chilled, remove from
fridge and roll out on a lightly floured surface. You want the dough to
be about 1/4" thick. Place the square pan on your rolled out dough and
trace around the edges of the pan with a knife so you now have a square
of dough. Place dough square in the pan and prick all over with a fork.
Bake crust for 25-30 minutes, until golden. Remove from oven and let cool briefly while you make the filling.
To make the filling, In a blender or food processor, combine the eggs, sugar, yogurt and vanilla. Blend until smooth then add cornstarch and pinch of salt and blend again. Pour filling into crust.
Place your strawberry jam into a small plastic ziploc bag. Snip off the tip of the bag and swirl jam around the cheesecake.
oven temperature to 350
and bake cheesecake for 35-40 minutes. The cheesecake will begin to
start separating from the sides of the dish and turn a light golden
color. The top should be set but there should still be a slight jiggle.
Note that when the cheesecake has finished cooking, the jam will have
sunk into the cheesecake creating crevices. These aren't terribly
attractive but you cover everything up anyway with strawberries at the
Chill cheesecake for 2 hours. Arrange sliced
strawberries all over the top of the cheesecake. Zap 2 tbsp jam in the
microwave and brush on the strawberries with a pastry brush - this will
give the berries some shine. Carefully cut cheesecake into bars and
active time ~ 45 minutes
total time ~ 3.5 hours