Strawberries and basil are a match made in heaven! This combo is great in cocktails (check out our strawberry basil pink martini) or more savory applications like salads or crostini. And adding a hint of basil to a deliciously pink strawberry cheesecake makes all the sense in the world! This vibrant and creamy Strawberry Basil Cheesecake will be your go-to dessert all summer long!
No Need to Bake this Strawberry Basil Cheesecake Filling
Cheesecakes can be quite intimidating, especially the ones that require the filling to be baked. Because of this, there are many options for no-bake versions that are much more approachable. The difference in texture between baked and no-bake is noticeable, with the no-bake version being a bit creamier and more like a mousse. But there is no difference in deliciousness!
This version is closer to a no-bake version, because we don't bake the filling itself. We do bake the crust, though. Doing so makes the crust more sturdy and easier to slice without crumbling. Once the crust is ready, you simply add the filling and allow it to set in the fridge for 6 hours, or preferably overnight. How easy is that?
How to Get the Strawberry Flavor in the Cheesecake
There is nothing fake about the strawberry flavor in this cheesecake! The pink color is all natural here and the strawberry flavor comes from real strawberries. The strawberries are combined with the powdered sugar and basil in this recipe to bring out all the flavor.
The strawberry basil mixture is then pureed and added to the rest of the filling ingredients giving this strawberry cheesecake the natural color and flavor.
Why Strain the Filling Mixture
Straining the filling through a fine sieve ensures that you will get a nice smooth texture. Nobody wants a chunky cheesecake! This is a necessary step for best results.
Do you have to chill the cheesecake before eating?
Yes. Chilling the cheesecake for at least 6 hours, or overnight, will set the filling. Additionally, you want to serve your cheesecake chilled, so this is also a necessary step.
If you love strawberry cheesecake as much as we do, check out this recipe for Easy to Make Strawberry Cheesecake Cookies!
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