Roasted Strawberry Greek Yogurt Cheesecake

/// May 6th, 2014

Roasted Strawberry Greek Yogurt Cheesecake

Rich, creamy Roasted Strawberry Greek Yogurt Cheesecake gets a lightened up makeover! The simple graham cracker crust is thick, buttery, and the perfect base for this decadent treat. Just be warned – it’s addicting!

Roasted Strawberry Greek Yogurt Cheesecake

Hello friends! Do you know Georgia? She’s the doll that runs The Comfort of Cooking, and guess what? Today is her SURPRISE virtual baby shower!!! I’m so excited to be contributing to the party. Oh, and Georgia… SURPRISE! Hope we got you :)

Roasted Strawberry Greek Yogurt Cheesecake

The theme for this party is pink, which is only fitting as G will be welcoming a precious little girl into the world very soon. I decide to incorporate a pop of pink into a creamy, Greek yogurt cheesecake with the help of some very gorgeous roasted strawberries.

Roasted Strawberry Greek Yogurt Cheesecake

The cheesecake itself is a thick, hearty batter spiked with wonderfully smooth Greek yogurt. I’ve been wanting to make a Greek yogurt cheesecake for ages now, and after finally nailing this recipe, I’m not sure I can go back to the regular all cream cheese version! It adds just the most delightful creaminess and tang, and to be honest, I just love baking with Greek yogurt. It’s such a baking babe!

Roasted Strawberry Greek Yogurt Cheesecake

The graham cracker crust is not only a dream to bite into, but it’s obnoxiously simple to whip up in seconds. And, it all happens in the body of your blender. Just toss everything in, pulse-pulse-pulse, and you’ve got yourself a thick, tasty cheesecake crust. Winning!

Roasted Strawberry Greek Yogurt Cheesecake

Top each slice with a few fresh strawberries, OR, if you’re feeling luxurious, a dollop of of whipped cream, and DIG IN!

Roasted Strawberry Greek Yogurt Cheesecake

Happy baby shower, Georgia! Sending you all the love and happiness in the world for you and your gorgeous family. Now, get over here and help me eat this cake 😉 xo

Roasted Strawberry Greek Yogurt Cheesecake

Also! Check out what the other gals brought to the shower.

Roasted Strawberry Greek Yogurt Cheesecake

Roasted Strawberry Greek Yogurt Cheesecake

Ingredients

  • For the cheesecake batter:
  • (3) 8 oz packages of cream cheese, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups FULL FAT Greek yogurt
  • 5 large eggs + 3 egg yolks
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoon all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • For the roasted strawberry swirl:
  • (1) 16 oz container strawberries, sliced
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons corn starch
  • For the Graham Cracker Crust:
  • 2 cups graham crackers, pulsed into crumbs
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 6 1/2 tablespoons butter, melted

Instructions

  1. For strawberries:
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees (F). Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. In a small bowl toss sliced strawberries with sugar and oil.
  4. Pour strawberries onto prepared baking sheet and cook for 20-25 minutes, or until soft and bubbling.
  5. Allow strawberries to cool slightly, then add them into the body of a food processor. Add the maple syrup, water, lemon juice, and corn starch, and pulse until smooth. Set aside to cool until needed.
  6. For crust:
  7. In the body of a blender combine graham crackers, salt, and sugar. pulse until the crackers have been completely smashed to crumbs. Add melted butter; stir well to combine. Press down into a 9-inch springform pan; set aside.
  8. For filling:
  9. Beat cream cheese and Greek yogurt in a blender until smooth. Add eggs, egg yolk, and sugar, pulse until well combined. Add flour and vanilla and pulse for another 30 seconds, or until flour has completely disappeared into the batter. Don’t over mix!
  10. Pour filling into crust, and spread evenly. Dollop strawberry filling on top, and swirl gently with a knife.
  11. Wrap the bottom of the pan WELL in aluminum foil. Place pan in a large, deep dish, then fill the dish half way with HOT water from a kettle. This is your water bath. NO CRACKS :)
  12. Place pan in the oven and cook cheesecake for 1 hour and 20 minutes. Turn oven off and let the cheesecake sit for 30-35 minutes inside the oven. The cheesecake should be still slightly wiggly just in the center. Remove cake from oven, run a knife very gently around the edge of the cake, and let it sit in the pan for 15 more minutes before covering loosely with plastic wrap and refrigerating for at least 4 hours. When ready to serve, top with a dollop of whipped cream and enjoy!
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Roasted Strawberry Greek Yogurt Cheesecake



25 thoughts on “Roasted Strawberry Greek Yogurt Cheesecake

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  2. Erin @ Texanerin Baking

    I laughed several times while reading this. Thank you for that. 😀 I will forever think of Greek yogurt as a such baking babe.

    And roasted strawberries?! Oooh. You got all fancy! Love it. And love this cheesecake! I’ve used Greek yogurt in cheesecakes before but never that much. I’ll have to give it a go! Thanks so much for participating in the baby shower. :)

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  6. Julia

    Ohhhhh momma! Thiiiiis cheesecake! I’ve been meaning to make cheesecake with Greek yogurt – thanks for lighting a fire under my booty :) Cheers to beautiful strawberry cheesecakes and little Georgia babies!

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  7. Nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps

    Ok ok ok ok I have to try this!! Cheesecake has always been one of my favorite desserts, but I RARELY eat it for obvious reasons. Soo I’m seriously giddy about this, and the roasted strawberries….mmm Congrats to Georgia!!!!

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  8. shashi @ runninsrilankan

    Yum! This cheesecake looks so delicious! I am so intrigued by the yogurt /cream cheese combo – I have never baked a cheesecake – this one with Greek yogurt added in has me thinking that needs to change!

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  9. Katie

    Ohhh Greek yogurt, coconut oil, maple syrup?!? All things I would never think to put into a cheesecake. I’m so intrigued! It looks Delish–must try soon!

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  10. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking

    Ashley, thank you SO much for bringing this gorgeous strawberry cheesecake to my virtual shower! ♥ What an unbelievably sweet, sneaky surprise to turn my Tuesday upside down – ha! Baby and I would help you eat all this cheesecake in a heart beat. 😉 It’s so beautiful and perfect for spring parties!

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  11. Heidi

    What a sweet surprise. Literally. Lightening it all with yogurt and still making it look this decadent is an achievement in itself. Lovin it!

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