Berry Cheesecake

When you divide New York Cheesecake batter in half and add crushed blueberries and crushed strawberries you get an amazing Berry Cheesecake!  Not to mention the melt in your mouth butter cookie crust!  Stand back and take credit when everyone is raving about the BEST cheesecake they’ve ever had!  The fresh berries on top brings this cheesecake all together.  What a wonderful way to celebrate an Anniversary, Valentine’s Day or Birthday!

Berry Cheesecake

Ingredients
For the Crust:
  1. 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  2. 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  3. 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  4. 3/4 cup cold unsalted butter
  5. 2 large egg yolks
  6. 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Filling:
  1. 5 ( 8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  2. 1 cup granulated sugar
  3. 1/4 cup half and half cream
  4. 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  5. 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  6. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  7. 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  8. 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  9. 1 large egg yolk
  10. 1 cup crushed fresh strawberries
  11. 1 cup crushed fresh blueberries
  12. Fresh blueberries and strawberries for topping, optional

Instructions
For the Crust:
  • Preheat oven to 400°.
  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar and lemon peel.
  • Cut in butter until crumbly.
  • Whisk egg yolks and vanilla; add to flour mixture, tossing with a fork until dough forms a ball.
  • Press onto the bottom and 3 inches up the sides of a 9-in. springform pan.
  • Place pan on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until lightly browned.
  • Cool on a wire rack.