There’s nothing like the flavors of coconut and lime to make us feel like we’re on a tropical beach vacation. Add in strawberries and put it all together in a cheesecake and we’re never coming home! This Coconut Lime Cheesecake with Strawberry Jam will bring the island life to you. It makes a wonderful dessert for backyard pool parties, BBQs, cookouts, or really any occasion, because who needs an excuse to eat cheesecake??
Coconut Lime Cheesecake with Strawberry Jam
Servings 10 servings
Graham Cracker Crust
- Non-stick cooking spray
- 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
- ½ cup sweetened shredded coconut
- 2 Tbsp sugar
- 1 tsp lime zest - finely chopped
- 6 Tbsp unsalted butter - melted
- 3 8 oz. packages cream cheese - soft, room temperature
- 1 cup sugar
- 3 large eggs - room temperature
- 2 Tbsp lime zest - finely chopped
- ½ cup fresh lime juice about 5 limes juiced - strained
- 1½ tsp coconut extract
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- ¼ cup sour cream
- 2 Tbsp sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup sweetened shredded coconut- toasted 325 degree F oven, 8-9 minutes
- 1 lime – cut into thin slices
- 2 pounds and 8 oz California Strawberries rinsed, hulled and cut into 1 inch pieces
- 1 pound and 2 oz sugar or granulated sugar
To make Graham Cracker Crust:
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Double-wrap the bottom of a 9 inch springform pan with aluminum foil. Lightly spray with non-stick pan coating. Set aside.
- Combine crumbs, shredded coconut, sugar and lime zest in a bowl. Add the butter and toss until combined.
- Place in springform pan, press on the bottom and press up the sides one inch. Bake in the oven for five minutes. Allow to cool completely.
To make Cheesecake:
- In a separate bowl, beat the cream cheese and sugar until creamy; add eggs in one at a time until they are incorporated.
- Add zest, juice and extracts. Mix until combined. Pour batter into crust and smooth evenly.
- Place the springform pan in a roasting pan, fill halfway up with hot water, and carefully place into the oven. Bake for approximately 45-50 minutes. Cooking time will vary depending on oven so the key to this recipe is sight, not timing. The edges should be lightly browned and the center should be barely set. It should jiggle slightly. Turn oven off and crack open lightly to allow the cheesecake to finish setting up for 25 minutes.
- Allow the cheesecake to cool completely on a cooling rack to room temperature. Cover lightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for four hours or overnight.
To make Whipped Topping:
- Using a hand mixer, whip the heavy cream, sour cream, sugar and vanilla extract until soft peaks form.
- Place on top of the cheesecake freely or you may pipe a decoration.
- Top off with toasted shredded coconut and thin lime slices, and eat with strawberry jam.
To make Strawberry Jam:
- Combine strawberries and sugar in a stainless steel pot.
- With a wooden spoon, stir until combined. Allow to sit for five minutes.
- Place the pot over medium high heat, stir occasionally.
- Once the mixture has come to a full rolling boil, begin stirring constantly.
- Skim the surface (foam) with a large spoon. Discard the foam.
- Stir until the mixture has thickened and registers 220 degrees F on a candy thermometer. This will take almost 20-30 minutes.
- Cool the jam in a 9”x13” pan. Place into the refrigerator to cool down rapidly.
- Pour the cooled jam into a container for storage. It’s good for up to 1-2 weeks in the refrigerator or for up to one month in the freezer.