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Mascarpone Cheesecake with Strawberries and Balsamic
Mascarpone Cheesecake with Strawberries and Balsamic
(Torta al Formaggio con Fragole e Aceto Balsamico)
 
 
Ingredients:

1 and 1/2 cups ground crumbs from purchased almond biscotti (about 6 ounces)
6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, melted

2 lbs cream cheese, room temperature
8 ounces mascarpone cheese
1 and 3/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons sugar
2 large eggs

3 cups quartered hulled strawberries (about 1 and 1/2 (12-ounce) baskets)
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

Directions:

Tightly wrap outside of 9-inch diameter springform pan with two 3/4-inch high sides with 2 layers of heavy-duty foil.

Mix biscotti crumbs and butter in bowl.

Press mixture evenly onto bottom (not sides) of prepared pan.
 
Chill for 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350F.

Using electric mixer, beat cream cheese, mascarpone and 1 and 1/4 cups sugar in large bowl until smooth.

Add eggs 1 at a time; beat just until blended.

Spread cheese mixture evenly over crust in pan.

Place springform pan in large roasting pan.

Pour enough hot water into roasting pan to come halfway up sides of springform pan.

Bake until cheesecake is golden and center of cake moves only slightly when pan is shaken, about 1 hour and 10 minutes.

Transfer cake to rack; cool 1 hour.
 
Chill overnight. (Cake can be made 2 days ahead. Cover and keep chilled. Remove from refrigerator 30 minutes before serving.)

Mix strawberries, 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar and vinegar in large bowl.

Let stand at room temperature until juices form, about 30 minutes.

Cut cake into wedges.

Spoon strawberries alongside and serve. Serves 8 to 10.

That's it!
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