A few months ago I headed off to Brio, a restaurant here in town to celebrate Kristy from Sweet Treats and More and Alyssa from The Recipe Critic who both had birthdays. I was certainly the odd duck out as Nikki (who joined us from Chef In Training), Alyssa and Kristy are all pregnant, but it was so much fun. The three of us always have the best time together and this time was no different, well other than the fact that I wanted to shove all of the pregnant ladies down and devour Alyssa’s greek yogurt cheesecake. It was seriously delicious. Like, awesomeness. So, since then I’ve been working my tail off on a greek yogurt New York cheesecake recipe and dudes, this one is it! Plus it has a brown sugar berry sauce. AND today is my 30th birthday so of course we needed dessert, oh and a $1,000 giveaway. Who doesn’t like free money on someone else’s birthday?!! Plus check out all of my talented friends’ posts that are up to help me celebrate, Something Swanky, Centercut Cook, Favorite Family Recipes, Sweet Treats and More, Rachel Cooks, A Southern Fairytale, The Girl Who Ate Everything, Cooking For Keeps, A Spoonful of Flavor (who made and awesome Cake!!) and Lauren’s Latest!
I could just sit and give this baby love eyes all day long, but as I want to shovel it in as well I guess that just wont work. I went a little crazy on this guy, first the recipe is super creamy and wonderful, but I had no choice and I took the graham cracker crust to a new level, a double decker level. I just love it so much I had to! You certainly don’t have to double the crust but you wont regret it if you do.
There’s also a tiny hint of lemon in the crust, but you really can’t tell. It just tastes a little more bright and fresh. And then we’ve got the sauce. It’s raspberries and brown sugar all cooked up to make not only the prettiest sauce but also the most delicious. Again, you could use sugar but trust me the brown sugar gives a little something extra. I love a good berry sauce. And the filling, oh ,my goodness!!!!! Tillamook has new Greek Yogurt and you guys, it is so creamy and incredible. Of course I had to use it! These no bake cheesecakes have one too and they are pretty darned awesome as well so you have two choices now!
Anyway, I figured this would be perfect for spring desserts or Easter dinner dessert. It’s lovely and totally bright and fresh. And I just talked myself into making another this weekend, so watch out pregnant ladies, I’m going in for cheesecake again.
What Is the Difference Between Greek Yogurt and Regular Yogurt?
Greek yogurt is strained three times, so most of the liquid is removed.
This gives Greek yogurt a creamier texture and a stronger flavor.
Is Greek Yogurt Healthier than Regular Yogurt?
Greek yogurt has less sugar and more protein than regular yogurt.
But regular yogurt delivers twice the bone-strengthening mineral calcium.
How Long Will Cheesecake Keep?
Cheesecake will last up to 5 days in the refrigerator.
Greek Yogurt New York Cheesecake Recipe
Greek Yogurt New York Cheesecake Recipe
For the Cheesecake
- 2 Cups Greek Yogurt, Plain, 2%- we use Tillamook
- 2 Packages Cream Cheese, 8oz each, softened
- 1 1/3 Cups Sugar
- Pinch Salt
- 1 1/2 teaspoons Lemon Juice
- 1 1/2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
- 6 Large Eggs, plus 2 large egg yolks
- 1 Tablespoon Butter, melted for the pan
For the Graham Cracker Crust
- Zest of 1 Lemon
- 16 Graham Crackers, crushed fine in a food processor
- Pinch of Salt
- 1/3 Cup Sugar
- 6 Tablespoons Butter
For the Raspberry Sauce
- 2 Cups Raspberries
- 1/3 Cup Brown Sugar
- 1 teaspoon Unflavored Gelatin
- 1 Tablespoon Water
For the Crust
- Heat the oven to 325.
- Cut the cream cheese into cubes and set aside while you make the crust.
- In a food processor, blend together the graham crackers, sugar, and lemon zest.
- Stir in the melted butter and press into the bottom of a spring form pan.
- Bake for 12-13 minutes and then allow to cool on a wire rack.
For the Cheesecake
- Increase the temperature to 500.
- In the bowl of a standing mixer, add the cream cheese and mix until softened, about 1-2 minutes.
- Add the sugar and salt and beat again, scraping down the sides of the bowl.
- Add the greek yogurt, vanilla and lemon juice.
- Beat on low until well combined.
- Scrape down the sides of the bowl and add the egg yolks, beat again and scrape down the sides.
- Next, add the eggs, two at a time mixing the entire time.
- Once all have been added allow to mix for 1 minute.
- Using a pastry brush, and being careful to not disturb the crust, brush the inside walls of the spring form pan with the melted butter.
- Pour in the filling and bake for 10 minutes. DO NOT OPEN THE OVEN DOOR, but after 10 minutes turn the heat down to 200.
- Allow to bake for about 1 1/2 hours or until the internal temp of the cheesecake is 150 (using a thermometer) Let the cheesecake cool on a wire rack, not the stove top, for 5 minutes then run a pairing knife around the edges.
- Let the cheesecake cool an additional 2 1/2 hours then wrap tightly in saran wrap and cool in the fridge for at least 3 hours, up to 3 days.
- To unmold the cheesecake I like to do like America's Test Kitchen and wrap the pan with a hot dish towel for a minute and then open it.
- Serve with red berry sauce.
For the Berry Sauce
- Cook the berries and brown sugar in a sauce pan over medium low heat, smashing occasionally.
- Cook for about 6-8 minutes then remove from the heat and using a mesh strainer over a bowl, strain out the seeds by pressing the mixture with a rubber spatula.
- Place back in the saucepan.
- Sprinkle the gelatin over the water and let sit for 3 minutes.
- Stir into the berry sauce and allow to sit for 2 hours.
- Whisk the sauce before pouring it over the cheesecake.
Mini Cheesecakes with raspberry sauce
Hi! I really want to try this, but I’m not sure about the measurements. Do you have some equivalence table to standard units (be it metric or imperial)? Thanks!
Hey Fernanda! See if this helps! https://startcooking.com/measurement-and-conversion-charts
Looks fantastic. Was finding a way to get rid of the leftovers yogurt. Came across with this recipe.
I made this fro Christmas and my family loved it
So glad! Thank you!
I followed this recipe to a T – make cheesecakes all of the time – was disappointed that after only 20 minutes in the oven it already started cracking! I’ve never had a cheesecake crack on me before!!
hope it still tastes great …
I’m sorry you had that problem Janice. I haven’t had that happen either so I’m not sure what happened.
Mine did too! How did yours end up tasting? Mine is cooling and I was going to serve it to company but I’m very nervous about it. It’s also quite yellow, but I’m sure that’s cause my farm fresh egg yolks are so yellow.
Farm fresh eggs give mine the same color issue. I still use them, but that’s definitely where the color comes from. Cracking can occur from not having a water bath as well as over mixing the eggs. I know this can be done so easily as I have done it, but eggs hold air which is released in baking and can crack the whole cheesecake. A springform pan is a must as well as it’s made for baking a cheesecake and will help prevent that. Our ovens (which drive me crazy) love to change temperatures up and down and can cause cracks as well as opening the oven door. Once the cheesecake is done in the oven, simply turn the oven off and crack open the door. Leave the cheesecake inside for about 1 hour. Again, sudden changes in temperature often cause cracking.
Once the cheesecake is at room temperature, cover tightly with plastic wrap and chill 4-8 hours or overnight.
If cracking occurs you can always take a hot knife and gently spread it across the top to seal the crack again. Or cover it with sauce as it will still be creamy and wonderful. 🙂
What measurement of butter are you allowing for the crust? You mention 1 tbsp of melted butter to use on the pan before adding the cream cheese portion but list only “butter” for the ingredients of the crust. How much?
Lynda, how odd that the measurement disappeared. It’s there now, 6 tablespoons. 🙂
A few bottles of Krug and a couple of grams
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This cheesecake looks DIVINE! and I love that you used greek yogurt to pump up the protein. If I won $1000 to amazon, I would first have to buy something fabulous for my mom’s 50th birthday and then I’d probably spend the rest on textbooks (college student problems!).
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I would probably also get a head start on Christmas presents.
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I’ve been looking for a greek yogurt cheesecake recipe, this looks great!