Strawberry Margarita Cheesecake

1 1/2 cups pretzel crumbs
1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted
1 cup fresh strawberries, hulled
24 ozs cream cheese, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
4 large eggs
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
1/4 cup tequila
1/4 cup Triple Sec
Garnishes: lime slices, fresh strawberries

Combine pretzel crumbs & butter; firmly press on bottom & 1 1/2 inches up sides of a 9-inch spring-form pan
Bake at 325 deg F for 8 to 10 min; set crust aside

Place strawberries in container of an electric blender; process until smooth, stopping once to scrape down sides
Reserve 1/2 cup puree

Beat cream cheese at medium speed with an electric mixer until fluffy
Gradually add sugar, beating well
Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition
Stir in 1/2 cup strawberry puree, lime juice, tequila & Triple Sec
Pour into prepared pan; pour reserved strawberry puree on top in a circle & gently swirl batter with a knife
Bake at 325 deg F for 1 hour & 10 min (center will be soft)
Remove from oven & run knife around edge of pan to release sides
return to oven; turn oven off & leave cheesecake in oven 30 min

Remove cheesecake from oven & let cool completely on a wire rack
Remove from pan; cover with plastic wrap & chill for 8 hrs
Do not cover with aluminum foil
Garnish if desired

Topics: Deserts


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