Ingredients
For the cheesecake

  • 2 cups of graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 eggs at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • 8 tablespoons of melted butter
  • 4 8-ounce packages of cream cheese at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • zest of 1 lemon 

For the Raspberry Topping

  • 2 pints of fresh raspberries
  • Strawberry or Raspberry jelly

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Get the jars and spray them with non-stick cooking spray. This will prevent the crust from sticking to the bottom of the jar.
  3. Put the graham cracker crumbs, melted butter, and 2 tablespoons of sugar in a bowl. Mix them well.
  4. Put 1 tablespoon of the crumbs into the jelly jars. Stuff down well to form the crust.
  5. Get a large mixer bowl. Add the cream cheese (at room temperature) and 3/4 cups of sugar together. Mix them well until the mixture becomes smooth.
  6. Add the eggs, one at a time.
  7. Mix well.Add the vanilla and lemon zest, and sour cream. Again, mix them thoroughly.
  8. Fill each jelly jar with about 1/3 cup of the mixture. Leave enough space for your topping.
  9. Put the jars in a large roasting pan. You can also place them in deep baking dishes.
  10. Put hot water halfway up the jars. Put them in the oven and bake for 30 minutes.
  11. Remove the jars carefully with tongs. Leave on a wire rack to cool down.

For the topping:

  1. Choose the best raspberries for your topping. Do not use the moldy and the bruised ones. On each cheesecake, put at least 7 berries on top.
  2. Microwave 1/3 cup of the jelly. Stir to make the jelly optimal for a spread.
  3. Glaze the tops of the raspberries.
  4. Store in the fridge until ready to serve.

Strawberry fun facts:

Strawberries are not easy to farm. They require so much before they can produce fruits. They bear fruits in season, too. This means that farmers have to be patient and careful. Some love it so much that it has become one of the most syndicated artificial flavors all around the world.

Strawberries are rich in vitamin C. They help in the strengthening of the immune system. They are great to keep the body away from infections. They are believed to help in the reduction of the risks of heart diseases.

This fruit is picked with part of its stem still attached. And once picked, they will not continue to ripen. Strawberry farms had to pay a lot of attention because it is a haven for pests. They just love feeding on strawberries. They are also susceptible to many diseases. Especially when caused by fungi.

Strawberries have their seeds on the outside. They are considered as receptacles rather than berries. Some even say that the little things we see as seeds are actually another kind of fruit that has its own seed. It is called achene. Now that’s mind blowing!

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