Here is a wonderful dessert, IF you love strawberries, you will love this dessert. *Please be sure to Bake the cream cheese layer first before you add the strawberry layer*.
- 1⁄2 cup butter, soften
- 1 cup flour
- 1⁄4 cup brown sugar
- 1⁄2 cup chopped nuts
- 1⁄2 cup sugar
- 8 ounces cream cheese
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 3⁄4 cup sugar
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup water
- 1 (3 ounce) package strawberry gelatin
- 4 cups fresh strawberries, sliced
- whipped topping
- For crust.
- Mix flour,Brown sugar,and chopped nuts together, cut in the butter. Pat firmly into a greased 9x13 pan.
- Second Layer.
- Mix sugar, cream cheese, vanilla and 2 eggs. Blend well till smooth.
- Pour onto the crust.
- Cook 15 minutes at 375°F.
- Third layer.
- On stove top in a pan, combine, jello, sugar, cornstarch, salt, and water. Cook till clear and bubbly. Take off stove cool a few minutes, add sliced fresh strawberries. Cool a few minutes more add on top of cream cheese layer. Let set up for about 30 minutes in fridge.
- Forth layer.
- Top with whipped cream or cool whip. Garnish with additional strawberries.
My family liked this, but I thought it was just OK. The crust is outstanding. The cheese layer needs to be thicker. I would consider doubling this layer. The jello layer was almost too sweet. I would decrease the sugar content in this layer. I will try it again with the above changes.
I honestly don't know what to rate this recipe. I made it for my brother-in-law's birthday but didn't want to serve it -- in fact, when my husband brought it out, I warned everyone to sample it at their own risk. Everyone raved about the taste. Where the problem lies is with the directions. I followed the recipe exactly, but I too had problems with the two layers "melting" together into a big mushy mess, even after I made sure everything was cooled. It almost seemed as if the second "cheesecake" layer didn't set up enough, even though I didn't dare bake it any longer in the oven as the edges were starting to brown. IF I tried this recipe again, I think that I would try only 1 egg in the cheesecake layer to see if that would remedy the mushiness. Perhaps this didn't turn out due to my inexperience as a cook, but I guess I would give the recipe 5 stars based on taste but only a 2 or 3 for the actual recipe itself -- which doesn't even state to refrigerate in order for the strawberry/jello layer to set.
I tried this recipe and when I poured the third layer onto the second layer and crust it melted everything together into a liquid mess. Maybe a step is missing. I always thought you had to chill jello in the fridge for hours to set it.