Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Strawberry-Topped Phyllo Cheesecake (Recipe)

In my last Friday's Fave Five post, I mentioned the dessert that I made when my husband and I celebrated our 15th wedding anniversary last month.  Cheesecake is not my favorite dessert, but this one was so good that I wanted to share the recipe.

strawberry cheesecake
The original recipe is from Athens Foods, the manufacturer of the phyllo I used.  The changes I made are noted in brackets.


8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 tablespoons milk
20 sheets Athens® Fillo Dough (9”x14”), thawed
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 cup fresh or frozen strawberries, thawed [2 cups fresh strawberries]
1 cup fresh or frozen raspberries, thawed [omitted]
1/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon cornstarch
2 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon Grand Marnier [water]

In a large bowl, with mixer at low speed, beat cream cheese, sugar, vanilla, egg, lemon juice and milk, until smooth.

Lightly butter a 9” pie plate.  Cut a 10” circle out of wax paper to use as a pattern.  Fold the pattern in half and use this as a guide to cut through 20 phyllo sheets.  Overlap the sheets of phyllo (using curved edges of phyllo to fit along sides of pan), brushing each sheet with melted butter as you cover the bottom and sides of the pan.  [See Note below.]  Spread cream cheese mixture over the top layer of phyllo.

Bake in preheated 350ºF oven for about 30 minutes or until center is set.  Let cool 15 minutes.

While cheesecake is baking, make topping.  In a medium saucepan, combine berries and sugar.  Cook over medium heat, stirring, until mixture is hot.  In small bowl, dissolve cornstarch in water and Grand Marnier.  Stir cornstarch mixture into berries.  Cook over medium heat, stirring, about 2 minutes or until mixture is thick.  Remove from heat and let cool.  Spread berry mixture over cooled cheesecake.

Serve cool or chilled.

Yield: 10 servings [not if you cut slices like the one pictured above]

Note:  I misunderstood the directions for cutting the phyllo, and I used the 10" circle of wax paper without folding it.  As a result, my phyllo was cut into 10" circles with two flat sides (because the sheets are only 9" wide).  It turned out fine, but not exactly as the recipe creator intended.

cheesecake before topping

cheesecake pie

Updated 10/19/14 to remove links no longer available


  1. I love things with Phyllo...

  2. I WANT!!!!!!!!!!! NOM. And I'm not a big fan of strawberries on my cheesecake - but NOM.

    And my heart is happy about your mamogram results ¯\(‏ˆ⌣ˆ)/¯

    God bless you Melissa.


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