Strawberry-Vanilla Bean Cheesecake Pie







Strawberry-Vanilla Bean Cheesecake Pie 

1 cup graham cracker crumbs
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
1 tablespoon honey
1 (8-ounce) package reduced fat cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
2/3 cup granulated sugar, plus an additional 5 tablespoons
1 vanilla bean, split and seeds scraped out
1 large egg
5 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 quart strawberries, stemmed, sliced

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a medium sized mixing bowl, stir together graham cracker crumbs, butter and honey until well combined; press into a 9-inch pie plate. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown.

In a large mixing bowl, using a mixer on medium speed, beat together cream cheese and ricotta cheese until smooth. Beat in 2/3 cup sugar and vanilla bean seeds until combined. Beat in egg until just combined; pour into prepared crust. Bake for 20 minutes or until set, and wobbles only slightly. Cool for 45 minutes before lightly covering and transferring to refrigerator to cool completely, at least 2 hours.

To make the strawberry sauce, in a large nonstick skillet, stir together additional 5 tablespoons sugar, water and cornstarch until combined. Turn heat on to medium and bring mixture to a boil, stirring frequently; stir in strawberries and cook for 3-4 minutes or until fragrant and mixture starts to thicken up. Transfer strawberries and juices to a bowl and cool for 15 minutes before lightly covering and transferring to refrigerator to cool completely; serve strawberry sauce over sliced cheesecake pie.

Makes 8 servings

64 comments:

  1. Good luck and congratulations on such an awesome opportunity. I'm so happy for you. You are becoming our very own Food Network star!

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  2. good luck!!!!!
    knock em dead!
    so excited you get to go to new york. i'm going to be there next week! and i am SO excited to see NYC in the spring!!!

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  3. That cheesecake!! Holy.... ahh, you know the rest by now ;-)

    HAVE A BLAST IN NYC, GIRRRRRRRRRL!!!!! ROCK IT OUT!!!!!

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  4. We will all be thinking postive thoughts Emiline!!!!!! You go girl!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  5. Are you saying that if you DID have all that information, including when your flight is and what hotel you'll be staying, you'd give it to us? :)

    Best of luck at the challenge! Can't wait to hear about it.

    Your cheesecake looks divine.

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  6. WOW. Your photos are breathtaking!

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  7. Emily, I missed you!! This strawberry-vanilla cheesecake is absolutely yummy,yummy and look nice!!! xxxGloria

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  8. Oh - good luck tomorrow! Looking forward to reading all about it - the challenge, the other competitors, the hotel, the New York City restaurants. Everything! :-)

    GOOD LUCK!

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  9. I do wish you luck. Hope we get to see you on TV again! Your recipe looks great.

    Be safe, have fun and WIN!

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  10. Wow, Emily, you are a brave one. Your pie looks fantastic and I hope you win the challenge.

    Have a great time.

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  11. GOOD LUCK!! Not that you need it, I know you'll do great! I can't wait to see your pictures! I hope you get to meet Tom :)

    Your cheesecake looks yummy too - I love the vanilla bean in it!

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  12. This recipe looks so yummy! Good luck in NYC!

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  13. GOOD LUCK!!! I'm crossing my fingers that you'll win. This cheesecake looks delicious! Have an awesome trip.

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  14. Good luck! I'll keep my fingers crossed for you :) In the meantime, it's very exciting.

    And that pie looks delicious.

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  15. Good luck Em! I hope you win it this time! I'll be rooting for ya!

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  16. Yeah! I am so so so excited for you, can't wait to hear more, keep us posted we are rooting for you girly!

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  17. Sugar Plum, Good luck!!!

    This cheesecake looks so delicious! I prefer to use ricotta & eggs because I can't eat cream cheese ,but yout tarte looks so divine!!!

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  18. sweet jesus this pie sounds good. good luck in NYC! Take lots of pictures, eat in little italy, and shop!!!!

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  19. super good luck to you and I can meet you at the drop of a hat....

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  20. How exciting! Good luck and have FUN!

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  21. Best of luck, Em... You'll do fine. I hope they put you up in a 4-star hotel on Times Square. Have fun!!! I'm sure you will...

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  22. I get to be the first to wish you good luck! I know you'll win this time!

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  23. You'll do fabulous! I knew that last show wouldn't be it for you!

    I love this vanilla bean cheesecake! I'm going to have to make it!

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  24. Good luck! Have a great time, and take advantage of everything their giving you :)

    (That pie is very tempting... I might have to make it soon.)

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  25. Good luck, you're going to totally rock!

    The pie looks amazing...and I think I have everything I need to make it right here!

    ;) amy

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  26. Good luck - I will be rooting for you.

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  27. Hope you're having a good trip :). Can't wait to hear about how it goes...honestly, I have tons of faith in you...that recipe really rocked. Vanilla bean makes everything better, btw.

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  28. have a safe and wonderful trip, and i can't wait to hear your stories, memorable moments and see your photos when you get back!

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  29. Good luck! I know you will be AWESOME!! Can't wait to hear all about it!

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  30. Can't wait to hear how things go! Best of luck :) The pie looks delish!

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  31. Good luck you will do awesome!!!

    And your pie looks fantastic!

    NAOmni

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  32. This is so exciting! Have a great time and good luck!!!

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  33. Good luck!!

    Mmm...I have everything for this recipe! I am most definitely going to make it!

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  34. Best of luck to you Emily...I'm sending winning thoughts your way! The cheesecake looks great and seems pretty simple, which is always a good thing for me!!! Can't wait to hear about it all when you get back. If you get to a baker in NYC, (I know you will!) you have to get some rainbow cookies. They are sooo good!!!

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  35. you are going to win! i know it! where can we watch this?! i have all of my fingers and toes crossed for you!

    enjoy your cinnabun coma and kick some ass in NY city! and i definitely think you should get a steak WITH a lobster tail if they take you out to dinner. mmmm.

    GOOD LUCK! GOOD LUCK!! GOOD LUCK!!!

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  36. Oh wow congratulations and good luck!!!!! Thats so great!!!

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  37. Em- All the best!! Knock this one out of the park for the food bloggers!!

    Let us know as soon as you can. At the very least, you get a trip to NYC, that's pretty darn cool.

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  38. Congratulations and good luck!! I really enjoy the ease and texture of graham cracker crust and variety of cheeses, so this is right up my alley (And really, everything you make is). Thanks for this! :)

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  39. The pie looks delicious! Good luck!!!

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  40. Mmm, Emily...this pie looks FABULOUS! I can't wait to try it out--so few ingredients, yet such a fabulous looking pie! Good luck this weekend. Kick some butt (I know you will)!! Can't wait to hear all your stories when you get back!

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  41. This looks so creamy and delicious! Good luck with the competition...can't wait to see you holding the winning money!

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  42. You'll do fantastically!!! Take LOTS of pictures.

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  43. AHHH!!!! I can't believe you are coming here for the contest!!! That's so exciting!!!! All the best to you!!!! You are going to do amazing!!!!! I can't wait to hear about where you stay and eat - hopefully they really role out the red carpet for you!!

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  44. GOOD LUCK! I can't wait to hear who the judges are!!

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  45. GOOD LUCK! I hope you have at least a bit of time to enjoy the city too! What a fab recipe :)

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  46. Best of luck. I'm sure you'll knock 'em dead.

    Wish you were hanging around here longer, but I'm sure you're going to have a great time. I hope they put you up somewhere really swanky!!

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  47. So freakin exciting!!! Good luck girl!!!! And HAVE FUN!!! :D When will it air??? I totally want to watch!

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  48. Good luck in the competition! You've got it I'm sure.

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  49. Good Luck!!! Fingers crossed! Break a leg!
    ~ingrid

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  50. Good luck! I'm so excited for you! I hope they put you up in a fabulous hotel AND take you out to a steak dinner. :)

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  51. good luck, be careful, and have fun!
    i must say, those are about the most loud and in-your-face vanilla bean specks i've ever seen. :)

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  52. Good luck! I can't wait to read how it goes.

    -Jenna (KaTom)

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  53. all the VERY BEST LUCK with you! no matter what, you're getting such a terrific, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and I am living vicariously through you!
    I hope to read some good news when you get back!

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  54. GOOD LUCK!!!! this looks amazing, i love me some cheesecake :)

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  55. Best of luck in the competition, Emily! I know you'll do great. And this cheesecake looks so light and divine :-)

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  56. Good luck with the challenge E - when you win one of the $10K challenges you'll never look back at how to pay for culinary school challenges again :). Keep it up.

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  57. oh my gosh! i just saw the link to your pizza! i wish i lived in st. louis!!! it sounds delicious :D

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  58. I am totally making this, it looks amazing and I have all the ingredients.

    Good luck in the challenge. I have complete faith in you. You can absolutely win this.

    Go for it girl and have fun doing it!! :)

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  59. Hey lady!! Hope you had a great trip here in NYC. Sorry I didn't get to see you again! I was moving this weekend so I've been super busy myself.
    I'm keeping my fingers crossed that you did an amazing job (as I'm sure you did...just hoping the judges felt the same!).

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  60. Good luck!
    Your cheesecake looks awesome - I could just eat a big slice right now!

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  61. This is beautiful- the crust looks thinner and crisper than your standard issue graham crust....the honey I presume? Lurvly

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