Strawberry Cheesecake Pie might just be my favorite strawberry dessert of all time! Its rich and creamy cheesecake but made extra easy in pie form and extra delicious with vanilla wafer crust! Smother the luscious cheesecake in the BEST juicy glazed strawberries and everyone won’t be able to stop singing your praises…and eating your cheesecake.
I made a big mistake with this Strawberry Cheesecake Pie.
I gave half of it away. Normally, I’m okay with sharing blog treats as I have more than enough food to go around, but this time, my belly was very, very sad. It was longing for, dreaming of more bites of the sweetly glazed strawberries, creamy cheesecake and vanilla wafer crust because, like I said, this Strawberry Cheesecake Pie might be my favorite strawberry dessert of all time. But not just strawberry. But favorite dessert. of. all. time. Because we all know strawberries and cream go together but strawberries and cheesecake – a match made in heaven!
This Strawberry Cheesecake Pie is the ideal spring/summer dessert because not only is it cravilicious, its make ahead for stress free entertaining, celebrating, gathering, and eating. Also, because its cheesecake “pie” its less intimidating/overwhelming than traditional cheesecake because it does not require a spring form pan (which means no water bath leaking!), only 2 instead of 5 blocks of cream cheese (AKA no cracking!), and less baking/cooling time.
The rich and creamy cheesecake/crust portion of this Strawberry Cheesecake Pie is directly from my silky Blueberry Cheesecake Pie, because I don’t think it gets any better. After first experimenting with uninspiring NO BAKE versions, I landed on this baked cheesecake pie because there is just something so magical about velvety cheesecake that cannot be replicated without baking. So while there are many tempting no bake strawberry cheesecake recipes out there that are delicious, I think its so worth baking this stress free cheesecake pie for an end result that is far more delicious.
And then there is the vanilla wafer crust. After making that cheesecake with a vanilla wafer crust, I don’t know if I will ever be able to go back to Graham cracker crust again. The vanilla wafer crust is buttery, vanilla packed, and more delicious than a crust is used to being.
The glazed strawberries are based off of my adorably delicious Mini Strawberry Pies. I wanted to create glazed strawberries that were packed full of fresh and sweet strawberry flavor all married with a glaze that wasn’t stiff or bouncy or runny. To create such a Glaze, I pureed some of the strawberries with water then added them to a saucepan along with sugar and cornstarch to thicken – then I added a splash of lemon juice and 3 tablespoons of Strawberry Jell-O – just enough to infuse the glaze with an oomph of strawberry flavor while still keeping the flavor fresh and natural. Perfection, or as Patrick calls them “indescribably delicious.”
After you make your cheesecake and strawberries, you let them chill alongside each other for at least 4 hours – but definitely better if overnight for the flavors to develop.
And there you have make ahead, piece of mind Strawberry Cheesecake Pie – rich and creamy cheesecake piled high with sweetly glazed fresh, juicy, strawberry deliciousness. May you not be as generous as I was with my pie 😉
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