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Strawberry Cheesecake Tart

with Pecan Shortbread Crust

Strawberry Cheesecake Tart with Pecan Crust ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #cheesecake #recipe

I feel like I’ve always wanted to make a dessert like this with a big bunch of strawberries all arranged in a pretty flower shape on top … I’ve seen photos of them and thought they were SOOooo pretty, but never tried to make one. Last weekend I walked into the grocery store and they were having a sale on strawberries and this vision of a strawberry cheesecake tart popped into my mind.

So I baked up the cheesecake tart … and then stuck it in the fridge and there it waited for me to have time to top it with berries. Then Friday morning I woke up early and decided it was time … I made the topping, arranged the berries, took photos, and stuck it in the car to take to work with me.

I took it to our 9:00 meeting and everyone had a slice, then gave the rest to the software developers we work with. It was gone in a flash. I’m glad I grabbed a piece at the meeting!

Strawberry Cheesecake Tart with Pecan Crust

Yield: About 16 slices

Strawberry Cheesecake Tart with Pecan Crust


    For the crust:
  • 1 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 5 tablespoons cold butter
  • 1 1/2 cups finely chopped pecans
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • For the cheesecake filling:
  • 1 package (8 ounces) light cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup pureed strawberries
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • zest of 1 lemon + juice of a wedge of lemon
  • For the strawberry "sour cream" topping:
  • 6 Tablespoons fresh strawberry puree
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 cup nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 oz. light cream cheese
  • For the strawberry top:
  • About 1 lb. fresh strawberries, cleaned and sliced


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Mix up the flour and brown sugar in a large bowl, then using 2 knives or a pastry cutter (or your fingers!), cut in the butter until you get a nice crumbly mixture. Stir in the nuts and cinnamon.
  2. Press the remaining crumbs into an round tart pan coated with cooking spray, pressing the filling up the sides a bit to make a crust. Bake at 350° for 15 minutes or until the edges are light brown. Set aside to cool while you make the filling.
  3. In a large bowl, beat the light cream cheese and the sugar until smooth. Add the pureed strawberries, eggs, and vanilla and beat until smooth. Pour your wonderful pink cheesecake filling over the crust.
  4. Bake for about 30-35 minutes or until the cheesecake is set and lightly golden brown on top. Cover and store in the refrigerator until close to serving time.
  5. Now, mix up the "sour cream" topping: Put the strawberry puree and sugar in a bowl and microwave for about 3 minutes, stopping to stir a couple times, until the strawberry mixture turns into a jam-like consistency. Add the Greek yogurt, vanilla, and cream cheese and mix until fairly smooth. Spread evenly over the top of the cheesecake.
  6. Wash and slice your strawberries, saving a pretty one for the middle, then arrange the slices on the cheesecake in an overlapping spiral, starting on the outside edges and working your way in towards the center. Top off your masterpiece with that last whole strawberry you saved for the middle.
  7. Take lots of pictures before you slice and serve to your delighted guests. 🙂


RECIPE SOURCE: http://www.sumptuousspoonfuls.com/

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Strawberry Cheesecake Tart with Pecan Crust ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #cheesecake #recipe

This recipe was shared at Farm Girl FridayWeekend PotluckTGIF Link Party, What’d You Do this Weekend?Mop it Up Monday, Marvelous Monday, Tuesday’s Table, All my Bloggy Friends, Foodie Friends FridayKM’s Mother’s Day Bloghop, Keep Calm & Cook On – Strawberries and the Clever Chicks Bloghop.

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19 Responses

  1. love, Love, LOVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks, Ann! xoxo

    May 4, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    • Ann

      Oh Michele you are so sweet! Thank you 🙂

      May 4, 2013 at 10:11 pm

  2. Wowzers – we love strawberries and we love cheesecake so this wouldn’t be around for long in our house!

    May 7, 2013 at 7:34 am

  3. Pinned! Love this lighter version 🙂 Thanks for sharing at our ALL MY BLOGGY FRIENDS party !

    May 7, 2013 at 8:12 am

    • Ann

      Thank you so much Linda! I’m so glad you like it 🙂

      May 7, 2013 at 9:20 pm

  4. This looks wonderful! I’m hosting a new linky party at http://hickorytrailblog.blogspot.com/2013/05/efforts-and-assets-linky-party-1.html

    I would love to have you!

    May 7, 2013 at 8:56 am

    • Ann

      Thanks for the invite, Angela! I’ll be over 🙂

      May 7, 2013 at 9:17 pm

  5. This is just beautiful! Thanks for sharing this at Tuesday’s Table!

    May 7, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    • Ann

      Thank you! I was so pleased with how pretty it turned out that I almost hated to cut it. But once we did, it was gone in a flash.

      May 7, 2013 at 9:21 pm

  6. This looks amazingly delicious and beautiful. I like it so much that it is being FEATURED at Tasty Thursdays this week. Thanks for linking up!! Nichi http://mandatorymooch.blogspot.com/2013/05/tasty-thursdays-40-and-giveaway.html

    May 8, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    • Ann

      Yay! Thank you dear 🙂

      May 10, 2013 at 8:50 pm

  7. Yikes, this is just to beautiful to cut up. But I want a piece so bad. Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday.

    May 12, 2013 at 10:25 am

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  10. Happy New Year!! I’m no longer doing my Tasty Thursdays linky party, but celebrating 2014 by joining forces with some other great bloggers for Best of the Weekend linky party each week. I’m featuring 12 of my favorite Tasty Thursdays features to start the year. This post is my favorite from May. Hope you will follow me to the party and link up your latest creations. Thanks, Nichi

    January 3, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    • Ann

      Absolutely! Thanks for the invite 🙂

      January 4, 2014 at 4:17 pm

  11. Hi Ann! Thank you for sharing your beautiful strawberry cheesecake to my Fruit pie party. Here’s the link to the party with all the recipes. Enjoy! http://www.delscookingtwist.com/2014/04/22/fruit-pie-party-with-a-twist/

    April 23, 2014 at 7:35 am

    • Ann

      Thanks Del! What a wonderful collection 🙂

      April 24, 2014 at 7:13 am

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