Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Strawbunny Limeade Cheesecake

Now that the contest is over for the Recipe Riot's Jello Easter Recipe Challenge - I can finally post my recipe for Strawbunny Limeade Cheesecake! I made 3 different versions of this recipe before I was finally pleased with it. I got 9th place - Honorable Mention. Out of 66 entries and winning 9th... I'm pretty proud of myself
So, here it is!

Ingredients List
  • 2 cups finely crushed graham crackers
  • 1 stick melted butter
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 3 8oz pkg cream cheese
  • Zest from 2 Limes
  • Juice from 1 Lime
  • 1 3 oz box Lemon JELL-O
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 16 oz / 1 lb fresh or thawed frozen strawberries
  • 1 3 oz box Strawberry JELL-O
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1/2 cup sugar


Prepare crust by finely crushing 2 cups graham crackers and place them in a bowl along with 1 stick melted butter and 1/3 cup sugar, mix well until the mixture is completely moist. Press graham cracker mixture firmly into bottom of ungreased 9 or 10 inch Spring-form pan. Refrigerate crust for 1 hour. Prepare filling by zesting 2 limes and squeezing juice from 1 lime and set aside. In a medium sized mixing bowl add 1/2 cup boiling water to Lemon JELL-O gelatin mix; stir for 2 minutes or until completely dissolved, stir in 1 cup cold water, add in zest and juice from limes as well as cream cheese. Mix ingredients with hand mixer until completely combined and smooth. Pour filling into spring form pan, cover and chill in refrigerator until set approximately, 4-6 hours. Prepare topping in a medium sized bowl by adding 1 cup boiling water to Strawberry JELL-O gelatin mix; stir for 2 minutes or until completely dissolved, stir in 1 cup cold water. Puree half of the strawberries and coarsely chop the other half , stir into strawberry gelatin mixture. Place in refrigerator uncovered for 4-6 hours. After the strawberry gelatin has set stir it all up to make a spreadable strawberry gel, if too thick add a tablespoon of water at a time and stir until desired thickness. Remove ring from spring-form pan leaving cheesecake on bottom pan, place on serving plate , spoon on topping, and decorate as desired.

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